Secretary Style

Two weekends ago I saw Sex in the City with some friends and like a lot of ladies all across the country I fell head over heels in Love with Carrie and Big's apartment. But what caught my eye the most in the entire apartment was Carrie's secretary desk in their bedroom { desk below }.

This desk is made by Hickory Chair and is called the Hallings Secretary. I love its simplicity clean lines creamy white color with the deep walnut stain inside.

I liked the secretary desk was a combination of desk and dresser combined into one. For awhile now, my husband and I have been talking about using our third bedroom as an office or a TV room etc. So we really don't want to spend a lot of money on a desk { if or needs change in the third bedroom } only to sell it on Craigslist or try to make it work another room.

It dawned on my while I was watching the movie and soaking up the yummy decor, a secretary desk might be the perfect solution for our small home.

After doing some browsing online, I decided the best secretary desk style for our house in a desk / dresser combination because its so versatile. I like that will be able to use a our laptop when the desk is open and hopefully store it in there when the desk is closed. I also love that secretary desk come with compartments, great for storing bills and other office supplies. I would use the bottom drawers to store my craft supplies, pictures, sewing supplies and fabric.
 I have two ideas for the 'look' of our secretary desk.

Idea # 1
Paint the outside a white and stain the inside a dark walnut, like the desk above

Idea #
Paint the outside a creamy gray white and the inside a bright fun color that ties in with the color scheme of the room.

Here are a few secretary desks that I really like. The one below is a great mid century danish secretary desk, if I find one this fab, I'd likely stain it a dark walnut shade instead of painting it. I also like that this secretary desk can be tucked away in a living room.

I love the idea of doing a fun paint or wall paper style to the outside of the desk.
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Most likely the secretary desk we buy we'll be a vintage piece. I'll be shopping Craigslist and local thrift stores in search of a secretary desk that's a good fit. Here are a few a came across on Craigslist.

I like this one alot, it has pretty feet for $ 150.00 and great pulls.

This one below is a great price for $ 75.00, but the bottom of the desk looks 'heavy' but you can tell its made so well, so this might be a maybe.

I'm in no hurry to buy one since I'm hoping to snag one for around $ 80 bucks or less. Plus we have so many projects to tackle around here, the desk will most likely sit in our garage for A while.

What do you think of secretary desks? Would you consider one for a small space / versatile spot in your home over a traditional desk?