Is it a dining table? A desk? Or both...?

It's both! It's the brand new Ryland table from Pottery barn, that has secret side compartments and a power strip for charging and storing all your office stuff. I love it and am now happily seated at it across from my husband in my living/dining room.

This table is our anniversary gift to each other...we celebrated this weekend...along with a new leather storage bench and a giant starburst mirror for the living room. You see, we were going to go away for the weekend, but decided to take that money and spruce up the living room with all the things that I have been drooling over on line for the past two years. Living in a one bedroom apartment and working from home, nothing can be hidden out of sight and tucked away, there is no room for extra things and every piece must be loved if it is to be granted a special place in our 650 square foot home.

I love our little New York style apartment, with it's garden courtyard, palm trees, wild birds and the best neighbors on the planet. I love all the art deco detailing and the romantic French windows, the old O'keefe and Merritt stove and all the charm that comes with a building that was built in the 1930's. What I don't love is that it doesn't have an office, and so since moving here, I have tried to cram where I do my writing into various tiny corners; the kitchen by the window, a converted closet, a tiny desk in the bedroom...all the while thinking longingly of a larger space, until finally this year, I moved into that larger space...the living/dining room.

My dining room table is seated right next to the window and over looks our magical courtyard. It also happens to be in the creativity section of my home according to Feng Shui principles which we have adhered to in our little space. Now whether you believe in Feng Shui or not, once I started writing here, I made the most progress I ever had on my novel...I finished it, did rewrites, edited it, and did my completed draft in this spot. And finally after two years, I had come to embrace what this space really was to me and my family...a work/live space. We left behind friends and family and came to L.A. seeking the opportunity to work more, and we have worked hard at trying to make that happen. It has been a challenging and creative time and for me a time of real discovery and progress as a writer. As a result I spend so much time at my desk, practically living at it, and eating at it, that it seems only fitting that it should be in the living/dining room. And finally we have a desk that is large enough for both of us, to work at.

When a friend of mine came over to see it, I said..."I know it's huge, too huge right?" To which he replied..."No, it's beautiful. It's the focus of your home, it says...this is who you are, this what you do...no sense denying it. It's perfect."

I couldn't have said it better myself.


The Racquetball Blog said...

First, Happy Anniversary!

Second, do you people not have the capability to make digital images? Would not a piece on how lovely your new home furnishings are be elevated - taken to whole new level, as has become cliché - by the inclusion of photos of said furnishings?

I'm jus' sayin'.

Gina Sorell said...

Oh Sir Raquetball you are right! I will soon be posting digital images. I swear...some things I am just a whiz at...and others...well not so much. For example, I keep referring to my i-pod as my Walkman, much to the amusement of all :)

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