In small apartments, we don't often have the luxury of an extra room for an office. Bill paying, checkbook balancing and written correspondence usually take place on the nearest available table. Often that's the one that's also used for dining. When meal time comes, the papers are pushed to the side or, worse, meals take place in front of the tv. We crave a desk.
This modern Framed Secretary Desk
from West Elm might help solve the desk issue. We can easily see this one, with its small footprint and streamlined profile, nestling comfortably into a corner of the living room. We think it would work with many types of décor and in many different rooms. It'd even make a great bar! Two, pushed back to back, would give a couple separate, but equal, desk spaces. And, of course, our favorite aspect of secretary desks is that, when work is done, they close right up. Out of sight and, for the moment, out of mind.