I Really Like This Thing.

Don't you love it when you buy something to fill a basic purpose, and it turns out to be even more useful than you expected? That's how I feel about the desk we bought a few weeks back. We bought it because we liked the style, thought it was a great deal and would be great to fill the empty corner in our living room. I figured I would put some cute doodads on it and call it a day, but I was wrong.

Now that we have been living with the desk a few weeks, it is one of my favorite pieces of furniture. I work from home twice a week, and this has turned into my little workstation.

Why do I like it so much? Basically, it's all because of the pull-out feature just below the top workspace.
This is how I roll when I'm teleworking:

(Please ignore the high-water curtains. Hubs thought he would "trim" them because it bugged 
him how they pooled on the floor, so he grabbed some scissors and chopped them off. 
He cut them a little short, and I give him a hard time about it all the time.)

Anyway, that desk-within-a-desk action is absolutely ideal because it allows me a place to put my papers, notepads, etc. without infringing on the top surface for my laptop. It's also ideal for a "working lunch" because I can put my food on the lower section and not worry about getting anything on my computer. The same goes for "working snacks" and "working ice cream breaks" and all of the other eating I do when I work from home!

When I'm not working, I just roll the lower portion back in and try to hide everything away!

I can also picture this desk being an ideal bar/buffet when entertaining, though I haven't used it that way yet. Can't you see bowls of chips and dip sitting there during a Superbowl gathering? I'm thinking it will be perfect.

That little stool I tuck underneath when I'm not sitting on it? I actually have had three of those stools around my various apartments for years after picking them up in Target's dorm room section. I use one as a temporary bedside table in a guest room, one to hold my printer in the studio/office, and now this one makes a perfect seat for this desk. Love it when things work out that way! It's the perfect size to store underneath the table when we're not sitting there, so the one set up takes up very little floor space. When my bum gets tired of sitting on it, I pull out the upholstered Parsons chair from the studio for a little softer seat! 

I'm just feeling really grateful for the features of this desk today, and I wanted to share it with you in case you are in the market for a small work area. This version was purchased at the outlet and is not for sale on West Elm's website, but I found a really similar version at The Container Store.  

Happy Weekend! 

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