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The last thing my cottage needs is another piece of furniture. But since I’ve been working from home, trying to settle down to serious writing, I decided that I needed one. Most of my work has been done under a blanket on the couch, and while it’s comfortable, it’s somehow de-energizing. I’ve held in my mind’s eye, a vision of a small desk that could fit in front of the big window. And while I saw things that might have worked, they were too expensive or didn’t have any character.
So at the flea market yesterday, I discovered the perfect thing. Dating from the 1950s, it used to be a vanity table, which I find both appealing and ironic. It’s narrow and curved, with bamboo-looking legs. Chinese red, it has two small drawers, with a center compartment that opens for storage and holds a mirror. And best of all, which I only discovered when I got it home today, the drawer handles are shaped like little fish!
It needs some touching up, so I’ll have to take a drawer to Home Depot to try to match the paint. Sometimes, when I get something large like this, especially since I don’t feel like there’s enough space in the cottage, I have immediate buyer’s remorse. But not this time. This time, I’m happy. This is the desk at which I’ll write my first published book. Which of course means that it will have to move with me wherever I go from here on out.
The little desk is already part of my permanent family. That’s nice.