I haven’t referenced a classic movie in such a long time, but today’s topic made me think of one of my absolute favorites: Desk Set.
Katherine Hepburn’s character has an encyclopedic memory & is in charge of the reference library for a big broadcasting company in Manhattan. The network is negotiating a merger with another company, but is keeping it secret. To help the employees cope with the extra work that will result, the network head has ordered 2 computers, or “electronic brains.” Spenser Tracy (Hepburn’s real life partner) is an “efficiency expert” & the inventor of this particular computer system is brought in to “ease” the transition. The sparks fly.
I have a lot of sarcastic quotation marks in that paragraph!
I started thinking about “Desk Set” a lot while my kids were back home again for 2 weeks of distance learning (let’s see how many times that happens this year!), and I moved back in from my office to work in the kitchen. That’s because I was working at my own desk set.
Secretary desks are wonderful for little mini office stations. They can hold shelves full of books, drawers for paper or wrapping paper, cabinets for printers and extra linens! Because of this versatility, they are wonderful in multi-purpose rooms. I think they also really work well in smaller kids’ rooms, where you may need multi-tasking furniture.
As we don’t have an office in the house, our secretary serves as our spot to pay the bills, store the printer, and for the kids to use the computer under supervision. Thing 2 did most of his Zoom classes from here while I worked at the kitchen table.
A little more inspiration for you!
The problem with secretaries that no one seems to talk about is…
HOW TO LIGHT THEM WELL.
I mean, when you sit down at a desk, you usually need some direct light to read & write by, am I right? You can put a regular desk or table lamp on them, and it looks lovely, but then you just have to resign yourself to always keeping it open.
And sometimes it’s nice to hide the mess!
I find that a floor task lamp just does the trick. It directs the light exactly where you need it, and gets out of the way when you don’t.
The floor lamp needs to be the right height — around 54″-60″. Something adjustable is ideal.
I’ve assembled 21 secretary & floor task lamp combinations that make perfect pairs! Some vintage finds in the bunch, too!
The tiger maple one is a find, believe me, now that both D.R. Dimes and Eldred Wheeler no longer make them. And of course there are many vintage options that are prime candidates for a beautiful paint job — especially with a contrasting interior!
Are you all still working from home, or are you back in-person? How is hybrid or distance learning going?
See you next Saturday!