Saturday, May 31, 2014

The Big Switcheroo

I'm studying for the USMLE step 1- which means a solid 12-14hrs/day at my desk.  I've been increasingly frustrated by
a) my cat usurping my books for a perch to spy on the wildlife
b) the brilliant sun that shines directly into my eyes for 5 hours/day & obscures the computer screen.

So I decided to switch the table & the desk. It was originally intended to be temporary solution but I actually really like the change. The white table reflects more light into the room & it better fits my little dream of a pretty solarium. Maybe I'll keep my eye out for a white cast iron bistro table.

I also really like the functionality of the desk in the main room. I've put my work-shelves & the occasionally-used printer in the closet & looking out onto the library shelves actually inspires me to focus on work.  All in all, I'm pleased with this offering to the gods of procrastination.

I'm still juggling the plants around which is why there's some variation in the photos.

I'm also very happy to better show off the lovely lyre legs of the desk. It screams English manor library to me.  Because the sari wainscoting visually competed with the desk and the combo darkened that corner of the room, I took it down. Because I'm a magpie & like to look at my shiny things, I was compelled to display it somewhere else:

So dear reader, tell me if you like the new changes or if you think I should revert to the original layout.


  1. I like the table in the new spot! I'm a sucker for natural light and I could easily see reading at the table. I do have one question: I see a cat in your photos...where do you hide the litterbox? You apartment is absolutely adorable and I'm sure you've found the perfect spot so tell us your secret!

    1. Thanks Lisa! I have a small closet in the hallway that I use for utility- cleaning supplies, vacuum, tools etc. I hide the litterbox in there. It's pretty convenient but I just need to make sure the door stays slightly ajar. I hang a little purse on the interior knob to prevent it from closing completely.

  2. It looks lovely. I particularly like the table by all of the windows. I would love nothing more than to sit there with a cup of coffee in the morning and watch the wildlife with the cat!

    1. Thanks Jessica! Since the move, I've definitely been spending more time at the table. It's remarkably comfortable & there's enough room for cat and books.