“When I finish xxxx, I’m going to clean up this mess and send a picture to Kate.
But, I never really cleaned up the mess. So, finally, I came to terms with reality and took a picture of messy desk, and that is what you have here.
I spend a lot of time at my desk. You can’t tell from this picture, but my desk is at the back of the room and I look through to the front of the house. My boxer, Rosie, sleeps on the window seat there and she and I spend a good little bit of our day looking out at the world going by. There is a constant stack of books to the left, both those that I am considering for review and ones that I am trolling through for some well remembered image that I just can’t seem to put my hands on. I still keep a paper calendar as it is the easiest and quickest method I can find to keep myself straight, though I am irrationally attached to my Blackberry. I nearly always have a glass of water close at hand and have found no everyday glass that I love better than these by CB2. They are both chic and cheap.
The red dog ball in the lucite box is a reminder that trying new things, even new things that don’t make sense, is often a good thing. Oddly, buying that dog ball led to beginning my blog on interior design. In a nutshell, I stopped in a lovely shop to buy the dog ball and ended up with a job at their sister antique shop. Which led to a little slow-afternoon blog reading, which led to my starting Mrs Blandings three years ago.
I’m including an image of the message my three boys left not too long ago. It’s a snapshot of the constant injustice with which they have to deal.”
Kate is a massive fan of Mrs Blandings site along with her recent (well-deserved) Elle Decor profile on Kansas City (the fantastic Nelson addition pictured left). Dear Patricia: Thank you for buying the red dog ball! By the way, this is hardly a messy desk and the notes from your boys are priceless. Cheers, Kate.