Desk Set Revisited

Hepburn & Tracy in 1957 comedy "Desk Set"

Hepburn & Tracy in 1957 comedy “Desk Set”

I was thinking about furnishing my small office with some compact mid-century pieces other than myself.  Coincidentally, I made my entrance in the late 50’s along with the first “electronic brain”.  At this time clean furniture styling was overshadowed by the giant elevated computer room with reels and realms of paper output.

Mid- Century Console Cabinet at Glam Vintage & Moderne

Mid- Century Walnut Slatted Console Cabinet at Glam Vintage & Moderne

 Open Mid-century Console Cabinet at Glam Vintage & Moderne

Open Mid-century Console Cabinet at Glam Vintage & Moderne

Fortunately storage these days is limited to sticks and disks that can be slipped into a small drawer. This vintage slatted console with touch latch doors perfectly conceals all your unsightly electronic gizmos. Shelving and file cabinets are redundant unless you are from the olden days and still require hard copy back-up and or real books.

Vintage Mahogany Desk with Campaign styling at Glam Vintage & Moderne

Vintage Mahogany Desk with Campaign styling at Glam Vintage & Moderne

A vintage mahogany desk with criss-cross campaign styling would complete the look.  It provides loads of space for your laptop, iPhone, digital picture frame and energy drink and drawers to hide your tell-tale reading glasses, calculator and pre-historic pens and paper.

 

Sidewalk Shopping 101

Most people (especially women) don’t think they require a course in shopping but I beg to differ.  Please pay attention to this sage advice as I started in retail a long long time ago… when people actually looked at clocks to determine “the time”.

sidewalk-sale-saint-laurent1) Most retailers buy discounted merchandise FOR the sale. This stuff never saw the inside of the store it’s sitting in front of.  It is being unloaded and the price you are paying is all that it’s worth.  You can tell this is what happened when you see a load of one particular item… run don’t walk.

2) The significant savings are on the “one offs” or even say “few of”.  These are the items that retailers might not want anymore because they don’t work with their new purchases or simply to clear floorspace for the new season’s version of the item.

Whistler Ottoman Bed

Whistler Ottoman Bed still available 55% off at Glam Vintage & Moderne

3)  Step inside the retailers door for the best deals.  Quite often the sale continues throughout the store and precious and larger items with significant discounts which are often too cumbersome to move are all but ignored by the shopper who picks through piles of identical items on the sidewalk.

Lady's Writing Desk

Vintage Writing Laptop Desk still available at 60% off at Glam Vintage & Moderne

Here are a some of the real deals missed by the shoppers who have not graduated from this course.

Striped Accent Chair 50% off at Glam Vintage & Moderne

Striped Accent Chair 50% off still available at Glam Vintage & Moderne

Lady Chatterley’s IPAD

Vintage Ladies Writing Desk at Glam Vintage & Moderne

A lady’s writing desk like this is equipped with little drawers to keep your ink and quills in.  The gorgeous mahogany inlaid surfaces are trimmed in brass for the “lady” who writes thank-you notes, invitations and love letters.

Little did the maker know that one day it would one day hold IPADS and laptops filled with sordid little passwords and photos…or did he (is that Twilight Zones theme I hear in the background?)

“A woman has to live her life, or live to repent not having lived it.”  ―    D.H. Lawrence,    Lady Chatterley’s Lover

Vintage Lady’s IPAD Desk

Laptop Required Here

Vintage Desk, Chair and Lamp

What a sweet place to rest your laptop or IPad at the end of a day.  Richard had this cute vintage desk sprayed with black melamine paint for that subtle satin finish.  We’ve paired it with an antique lacquered chair for this pic but something cushiony soft with an upholstered back might be better at the end of your day.   It will keep you from plopping your laptop on your bed ( known fire hazard) so you can sleep with the one you truly love.