But when the Lovely Daughters #1 and #2 moved into the Funny Looking House, they took the couch with them. (They needed it more than we did.) To fill the hole left, I decided I'd love a writing desk. In the ample light filtering in through the alcove's Palladian window, I imagined myself composing an old-fashioned letter or gazing out the window at the waving wall of green ivy beyond.
Yeah, my windows look just like these in a scene from the 1940 movie, "Rebecca." Juuuust like this:
Here's the first Mrs. deWinter's writing desk. Moire-silk matching address books, menu book, and diary. Oooooh!:
(Have you seen this movie? It's a terrific, spell-binding story! Rent it, please.)
But I digress.
As I was mulling over the idea of a Rebecca-deWinter-style writing desk, this article caught my eye. I tore it out and carried it around in my purse for a while (thus the dog-eared appearance):
Five great desks: Perfect! I especially love the color of this one, from Cost Plus:
Then I saw this display through a shop window:
A darling, curvy desk and chair, and a vintage telephone and typewriter. Adorable!
It looks like the desk of a French woman writer. There are a few gorgeous books about women and the Louvre and dogs, a beautiful leather tote, a cup of tea, and even a fuzzy critter sitting on the chair!:
I love everything about this inventive display. I love how it seems to conjure up a certain woman, living in a certain city. But the desk is beyond what I'm willing to pay.
So I kept the French writing desk idea in my head as I poked through some catalogs. I love this twisty-legged beauty from a major interior decorating firm. But it's $1,599 before tax and shipping!:
Umm, no, thank you. So I hit the local charity shops, my go-to place for finding style on a shoestring. Then one day, I saw this desk and blurted out loud, "There's my desk!" It was far less than the $200 Cost Plus desk and had a lot more of the French feel to it:
It has three functioning drawers to hide lots of mess, a generous tabletop, and pretty brass drawer pulls:
And it has all the curvy lines of the white desk in the shop window:
It needs a coat of paint. I haven't decided what yet--glossy white? Chalky French blue? I'm still debating.
But I'm thinking, I can re-create that French writing desk display in the shop window. I already have the books of French museums. I own a vintage typewriter:
And re-creating the cup of tea and fuzzy critter in this house? Pshhht: Piece of cake! Also, I found this adorable map of Paris (actually a sheet of gift-wrap paper) for $5 at a local, French-flavored coffee house/gift shop. I am thinking of applying it, decoupage-style, on the desktop:
Now all that's left is painting the desk. Oh, and the chair, you may ask?
I found it for free on the street.