Tuesday, August 5, 2014

A Secretary in the Bedroom ...

No, not someone to paper push or jot down your to-do list while it keeps you up at night, this secretary:

Design by Scott Laslie & Associates
It's not a foreign concept, but it's not something you see as a "norm" in bedrooms featured in shelter mags, blogs, pinterest, decorpad, google images - or wherever it is that you're pulling inspiration from now-a-days. Quite honestly, the only reason I'm even mentioning it is because I've exhausted my search for a similar table for one side of the bed. Having a secretary and chair, fills the void, and will allow me to have a smaller, more serviceable table on my side of the bed without having this lop-sided asymmetry that would kill the overall look of the room.
 Design by Eddie Ross
In their tight New York City apartment, Eddie Ross put a secretary in the bedroom of the apartment, for additional storage and convenient writing and crafting space. I loved this make over. He did a similar make over for a television pilot client bedroom, and it came out, equally as impressive:
Design by Eddie Ross
Design by Kelley Proxmire
Design by Sara Gilbane
Design by Toby West


Indeed, there are dozens of inspiration pictures using secretary desks in bedrooms with great success. Here's why I want to do it! When I moved the bedroom around so that the bed was centered on the wall, I opened up a great deal of space on either side of the bed. To accommodate for one side of the room, I put a gentleman's dresser (40" wide, 34" tall) next to the bed. IT WAS (and is) PERFECT! A true antique, made from hand cut birdseye maple, it's a beautiful piece of furniture that makes a great height for the 36" tall four poster bed.

However, finding something similar, or even remotely close the same height for the other side has been like figuring out the name Rumpelstiltskin! I've got more than enough room on the dresser-less side of the bed for a secretary, and the perfect chair. I just can't put it against the wall because it will cover the beautiful chinoiserie wallpaper I'm using on either side of the bed.

SO, what might I do?

If I place the secretary - here's the one I'm looking at by the way:

Against the wall to the left of the bed, so that it faces the bed, I can use the chair designated for the secretary as a bedside table with the quick addition of some books and a tray to bring it up the right height. Since the secretary will be mostly decorative except for the storage it will provide in the lower drawers, I think this makes perfect sense. The full panels of the chinoiserie paper take center stage and I get storage plus beauty.
Now, how do I get the thing home?