I think a good desk is essential because it makes you more organized which in turn makes you more productive. So when my roommates and I scoped out our apartment for the first time, the converted living room immediately spoke to me because of it’s built in mantle-desk. I knew my iMac would fit perfectly into this little nook and if I added a bench or stool, it would be an amazing place to sit down and get some work done. After we moved in and I had laid claim to the room, some lucky thrift and antique store finds helped pull it together. I scooped the stool on a trip to The Other Shop in Lower Haight and the framed needlepoint flowers from The San Francisco Antique & Design Mall in SoMA (which was in kind of a scary part of town but totally worth it!). The addition of the gold plated letters from Picnic really pulled the whole look together and now my desk is the perfect place for me to accomplish things on my to-do list (or watch Netflix – let’s be real).