Writing Desk Roundup (Under $250)

By Kate Riley July 24, 2020

Our school system is beginning the fall semester with distance learning so I’m setting up separate study zones for my two teens. My daughter prefers to be downstairs so she’ll work from the white desk seen here. My son wants to study in his room where it’s quieter so I bought him this wood campaign desk for his bedroom.

I bought this wood writing desk several years ago and still have it. I protected the surface with one coat of polycrylic and now it functions as a vanity in my teenage daughters room. She loves it!

Writing desks are so versatile, they can act like a console as a drop off station in an entry, a makeshift work space in any room, as a long nightstand in a bedroom, or a vanity, as my daughter prefers hers. Below are a few more to choose from, just in case you’re in the same situation as me and need to set up a work station for kids, a spouse, or yourself!


leighton white (also black) / sleek black desk

white & wood mid century / lawrence wood

ash & goldlindale (multiple colors)

carson two drawerblue writing desk 

wood & cane / loring desk 

 walnut and gold / darias modern

wood & white / modern metal legs

Airbnb: Desert Style

By Kate Riley July 21, 2020

My travel dreams are 100% virtual right now, with no plans to go anywhere until Covid isn’t a threat anymore. Still, I can vacation vicariously while staying put at home.

I bookmarked these desert homes I found on Airbnb because they offer not only dreams of solitude, sunsets and serious stargazing, but also tons of inspiration if you’re a fan of desert style. In these casitas near or in Joshua Tree, the owners have paid careful attention to tiles, textures, and finishes to achieve that desert vibe. Enjoy the virtual tours!

Desert Wild



Roadrunner Desert Home


Cabin Cabin



Moon and Bloom

Mojave Moon Casita



Lone Joshua


Luna Cabin



Pause House


Villa Kuro

It’s hard to pick a favorite. Which one would you book?

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