In Bunny Williams' An Affair with a house, she writes about making the living room more usable by putting a desk with pencils, stationery and a phone. I loved this idea. I love the idea of a formal living room. (I will never be one of those people who puts a pool table in the living room, one, because we had one when I was a kid and honestly we almost never used it after the first month and secondly because I really love the idea of a room that stays pretty and orderly all the time) Also, I wouldn't use this as "command center" and put my computer on it, that I leave for somewhere near the kitchen. So now I'm on a quest to find a vintage or antique secretary. I prefer the tall ones, but there are so many great things out there we'll see what I can find. In these images, designer Fran Keenan (love her home) adapted a bookcase for this purpose.
And for the desk
Williams Sonoma Home Tristan Lamp
See Jane Work Heirloom Tray
See Jane Work pencil tray and letter opener Crane's Stationery
There is so much in the stationery category I love I just had to go for color here..
See Jane Work Monogrammed Paperweight (the yellow one)