Decorating geniuses, I need your help. I have a dilemma in my epa center/kitchen. A few of you commented that you would like to see the real home, not the Pottery Barn Catalog, so in an effort to make you all feel better, I took a picture of my kitchen when it was a mess. Hope you all feel better because I just had to completely resist the temptation to clean up and take another picture so that I would again appear perfect.
I love having my computer in the kitchen and it is the most practical location for it in our home. The desk it sits on is just barely big enough for the computer and gets cluttered up faster than you can say, "Let's pay some bills." It is also right next to my only workable counter space and my nerves go into a frenzy if liquid gets within 10 feet of my computer. My printer is in the closet in another room and I have to bring it out every time I want to use it. We used to use the red table to eat at, but as a family of 4, almost 5, it gets used for stacking extra clutter instead.
My idea was to get a small-ish computer hutch to put the computer and printer inside and replace the red table. The built-in desk next to the counter would become a window seat and an ideal location for kids to stand and help cook (not a panic area where I stave off liquid spills).
I ordered the armoire above from Wal-Mart and now consider it to be my worst purchase of all time. The reviews were good, but apparently Wal-Mart customers aren't in to having their furniture look like something other than awful wood stickers stuck to ply-wood. The only good that came out of my husband assembling it (while gagging) and then un-assembling it, was that now my budget is a bit more flexible. He is a quality vs. quantity kind of guy and could not handle the cheap-o cabinet.
And here is where I need your help: What kind of desk should I get and what color? The kitchen cabinets are true white, the floor is light and so are the counter tops. The only reason I went for the wood "look" (besides its cheap price) was that the dining room through the doorway next to the table has oak wood floors and an oak hutch. I thought it might tie the two rooms together.
This cabinet looks really nice, it has lots of storage and cork board inside. Mr. Quality is concerned that this item is cheaply made.
Or should I go with a regular old desk? There would still be room for the printer inside the cabinet.
I like this one too, but it doesn't have a lot of work space, plus the printer would be out in the open.
In my search, I stumbled across a furniture manufacturer who sells unfinished furniture made out of wood that was once part of a tree -- imagine that! The pantry cabinet looks fitting for my kitchen and would offer lots of storage.
Leave me a comment with your brilliant suggestions. As always, I will process your advice, run it by the CEO and post "after" pictures.