Adding Elegance to Your Desktop

August 4, 2009

I moved into my new desk space in my home office/library last night, and it feels like a whole new world.  Throughout this remodel process, I was committed to the idea that I was not going to use anything industrial to hold my office supplies.  That aisle at Staples filled with black plastic letter holders and ugly paperclip dispensers makes me shudder. 

Months ago, I began collecting pretty little containers to hold my supplies because I wanted to surround myself with things that inspire me.  I pulled from thrift stores, antique stores, and discount stores to achieve a high end elegant look, without the cost. 

Here’s a peek at some of the non industrial containers at CG Central.

This beveled mirror jewelry box I found at Target, and it holds binder clips, Post it notes, and pencils. 

box and paperclips

black clips in jewelry chest

The patterned glass cup with a vintage silver top I found at an antique store.  It holds my colored paper clips. 


This white compote I found at a local thrift store for $3 dollars.  The white ceramic toothbrush holder on clearance at Target holds my pens.

compote and toothbrush holder

I am simply in love with this lamp, also from Target.  It sparkles like jewelry in my window and looks like those high end Lucite versions.  Mine is also acrylic, but it cost me less than $40 dollars. 

acrylic lamp

This letter holder was $10 dollars at Marshalls.  It holds coupons, notepads, and other daily essentials.

letter organizer

Who needs a drawer when this antique Ball jar will hold your scissors and letter opener?  I am a Francophile, so of course, I must display my Tour d’Eiffel. 

eiffel and ball jar

I use this silver champagne glass from an antique store to hold business cards.  It reminds me of what Bette Davis once said.  “There comes a time in every woman’s life when the only thing that helps is a glass of champagne.”

champagne glass business cards

And we’ve all got to pay bills, but somehow the fact that they’re waiting for me in this crystal vase makes that bitter pill easier to swallow.


The crème-de-la-crème is the dining room table I converted into my new desk, with a new coat of white paint, some hand painted detail, and a custom glass top.  That story coming soon.

painted table

I’ll show you where I keep all of my other office essentials, including files and technology, in the office/library reveal.  Am I the only one who’s ever considered making a slipcover for an infrequently used fax machine?  Call me crazy. 

So this is the new headquarters of CG Central. 

glamourous desktop

cg desktop crop

Here in this revamped space, it is quite easy to whistle while I work.


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