If there's one thing I have in abundance, it's family furniture. My husband has been blessed/cursed with a few pieces that never fit our homes. Yet we cannot give them away, because they're all he has of his father's family.
I envisioned a tall, built-in desk with hutch for this sunny corner, with a bank of shelves under the window and floor cushions for the kids. I wanted Ballard Designs to bring a truck to my door and start unloading. Gulp, the rolltop desk wouldn't fit anywhere else. I stuck it in the corner and glared at it for a month or two. My sister offered her old toile chairs. At least that made the big hulk less brown. Then my mom gave me a daffodil painting from Finder's Keeper's, a local consignment store ($45). Hanging it low and off-center connected the desk to the chair. I moved the lamp to the left, so it could be the tall point, then added our field guides and a potted ivy to fill in the triangle. A $3 pair of pillows brings the yellow across the room. Suddenly I didn't hate that corner anymore.
Please don't think I'm ungrateful about this desk. It has many faults, including a herniating weight, but I'm happy to keep moving it (6 times and counting!) so long as it pleases my husband!
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