Jess sent us an email: I'm a Chicago resident looking for a desk armoire to go in this spot (photo below the jump) where there is currently just a potted plant that lives outside in the summer. I'm looking for something sleek and modern but not too expensive to house my laptop and papers that I can open up to check mail and pay bills but then close up to hide my clutter when I'm not using it since it will sit in plain sight in my living room.
Jess, we found the Framed Secretary (shown above), which is new at West Elm and seems to cover most of your requests - it leans toward the sleek and modern, has lots of hidden storage and fits into a smaller space than most traditional secretary/armories. That said, the $799. price tag might not be considered "not too expensive".
We thought this Narrow Leg Vanity (shown below, also from West Elm) might be a nice alternative option - a lot lighter and less imposing in a small area, yet it still has the flip top hidden storage (you would just have a laptop in there instead of lipstick!) and a few drawers that could accommodate your home office supplies. The price is more reasonable as well - $349.
Wise AT shoppers - can you recommend any pieces for Jess? Let us know your finds in the comments below...