One day, while I was straining to reach the blind adjuster and open my bedroom window, I came to the realization that the current desk in my bedroom simply had to go! I was panting and had almost knocked over one of my lamps for the umpteenth time. My desk is a hand-me-down from a former roommate who was getting rid of her drafting table after finishing the interior design program at the state university. Completely draped in a dark purple diamond-patterned sheet, none of the frame is exposed, and I have never really used it as a drafting table or as a desk, as I had originally intended to do. When I work, I usually end up using my dining room table, because I have much better lighting and plenty of room to spread out. My desk serves mainly as a bedside table/vanity with two pretty lamps, a tabletop swivel mirror, flowers, and a vintage-style bronze alarm clock sitting atop it. And almost breaking one of my beloved lamps yet again was starting to feel pretty old.
So, I began my quest for the perfect desk. The tabletop swivel mirror inspired me to go for something modern and glamorous, for a beautiful bedroom vanity. I knew something white would stand out well against the dark gray, purple and chocolate color palette of my bedroom. Always a fan of white lacquer, I was hoping to find something with the look of it, with some silver metal hardware. I remembered seeing some beautiful versions in my decorating magazines, which I knew were very expensive. I fully expected to experience sticker shock in my search for the perfect piece.
But hunting for bargains is thrilling, so I jumped online to start my search. Just as I was anticipating, the first piece I fell in love with was well over my budget. A beautiful piece designed by Jonathan Adler, the Channing desk from allmodern.com features a beautiful white lacquer tabletop with shiny Lucite knobs and polished nickel x-frame legs. I could just see a movie star sitting at this desk, but at $1750, it was definitely out of my league. There was no way I was plunking down more than my monthly rent for this piece of furniture. So I kept looking. Maybe allmodern.com had a less expensive option that I would like.
The second gorgeous modern desk I found on www.allmodern.com was less expensive, but still rather on the high end. Boxier in design (no x-legs) the white lacquer desk features sleek brushed steel legs and a nice long tabletop. But again, at $1299 the BDI USA Cascadia 2 Drawer Reversible Computer Desk didn’t come down enough in price for my budget.
Luckily, just after this, I happened upon a wonderfully priced option at budget-friendly IKEA. The MICKE desk, unbelievably costing just $69. No brushed steel or lacquer here, and if budget was my only consideration, I might have stopped here. But, although the low price was attractive, I felt somewhat doubtful of the quality. The legs on the right looked a little thin and a bit unstable, and I knew this desk was just melamine covered particleboard.
I knew of one option that could work, although it wasn’t exactly what I had in mind – the iconic Parsons Desk ($349) offered by West Elm. Sleek, modern, and understated, I’d seen it used many, many times before. It fits in with just about any décor because of its simplicity. Most would say, this is it! And stop looking. But I kind of felt a little let down by the lack of extra “style” in this piece. It is a wonderful use-anywhere desk/table. But nothing about it really stood out and wowed me. There had to be something better out there.
And finally, as often happens, serendipitously, I hit decorating gold! The perfect piece! While taking a look at my local Craigslist for something entirely different (a rowing exercise machine), I happened upon a link to then-unknown-to-me www.furnitureontherun.com. The name intrigued me. It conjured up cartoonish images of furniture growing legs and running away. (I have a very active imagination.) I’m sure the creators meant to convey that their site or their store is so speedy that you can complete your purchase quickly. But no matter! The name did its job and got me to the site! And the heavens opened and light shone down. There it was. Item #800912 simply identified as Contemporary White Desk. Combining the elements I loved most from the two high-end pieces that I loved at allmodern.com, the white desk features a smooth white surface, lovely metal drawer pulls and a new feature, which I love, a slanting shelf underneath for holding books! I couldn’t believe it. And at $239, it wouldn’t break the bank! Now, in perfect white desk bliss, I’m waiting to bring this one home for keeps.