December 6, 2011

on my desk.

I've always thought that you could tell a lot about a person by what they keep on their desk--and, of course, what they don't. Is there a stack of magazines? Of books? Random scraps of paper? Are pens kept in a mug? Organized by color? Shoved into whichever drawer is most convenient? And, to that end, the ultimate question: Pens or pencils? Fountain or ballpoint? Or--gasp--gel?

I, for one, keep my (cheap ballpoint) pens in a tall New York mug. An old apple sauce jar serves as my paintbrush holder, my postcard collection hangs on the wall above the desk, and when the sun goes down, there's nothing quite like writing by candlelight. (My personal favorites? The Grace candle from Philosophy and the Paddywax Library Candle in Edgar Allen Poe--a gift from Sam.)

In fact, the only thing that ever really changes on my desk is the stack of books. And lately, even those have been rather permanent. For one thing, the golden dictionary Radley gave me last year has definitely cemented itself as the most beautiful book I've ever owned. Love Letters of Great Men always seems to inspire me, too, or at least remind me why I'm so in love with language. 

And the other two books--also gifts from Sam!--well, they've come to sort of define the space. A Writer's Paris serves as both a guide and a source of inspiration for anyone who's ever wanted to get away and write in the world's most romantic city... Truth is, I find myself reading bits and pieces from it nearly once a week. And A Year of Mornings, first inspired by a blog between friends, makes me want to be a better writer, photographer, and friend. 

Oh, and the Tiffany box? Well, that's just because it's my favorite color.
And, okay--let's get real here--because it's Tiffany's.

What's on your desk?
What do you think it says about you?

11 comments:

Allie said... [Reply to comment]

I love keeping a tidy desk. If the desk is messy then no work is going to be done. I like keeping pictures of loved ones on it so that I can always see them even when I'm away. :)

And I just adore that dictionary!

something-pretty.net said... [Reply to comment]

I have a Tiffany's bag hanging above my desk! The boxes are on my bookshelf. Definition of perfect packaging, and there's nothing better than that Pantone 1837! :)

Whitney said... [Reply to comment]

love Tiffany box blue :)

Gabriella Marie said... [Reply to comment]

I love that little stack of books! I found that keeping my sewing thread and buttons in vintage jars is a cute way to decorate/organize my desk area.

Sam | ashore said... [Reply to comment]
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Sam | ashore said... [Reply to comment]

reading this made me just beam!

You make more than a few cameos around my little apartment too. When I sit down at my desk and feel doubtful, they always remind me of your faith in me.

And the sentiment in A Year of Mornings is exactly why I sent it -your friendship inspires me to be a better writer, photographer and friend.

Laura Marie said... [Reply to comment]

@Allie Isn't it great?! (I'm a sucker for gold...) In case you want to add it to your Christmas list, I know Radley bought it from Jayson Home & Garden, but I think it can also be found on Amazon :)

Shannon said... [Reply to comment]

A Year of Mornings! That made me want to make a better breakfast, haha. How much different mornings would be if we decided to share them with the world!

I love that you color-coordinated your books- it looks friendly and warm but not cluttered (so important).

Josie said... [Reply to comment]

My desk says TRAMP. It's so unorganised, I have to do all my work on my bed haha! xx

Aimee Katherine said... [Reply to comment]

My desk has a crystal, some candle holders, random boxes with things in and a money box in the shape of a VW camper that I got for a birthday. I don't really know what tat says about me...

missy. said... [Reply to comment]

sounds like a well put together desk.

we just moved offices and i'm trying to get everything situated still. i've been searching for good ideas to decorate my desk. once i finish filing away all the paperwork i have i will be able to make my desk look more beautiful :)

i want that book. it looks great.

xoxo