Maine Woodworks desk

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In this portable-electronics age of laptops in bed and BlackBerries at dinner, there is something lovely about a stationary place to jot a note. But beyond that, these multitaskers work overtime—in the bedroom as vanities, in the foyer collecting mail, pretty much anyplace an extra table (with storage!) would be welcome.

Country Bright

Don't let the fun blue paint job fool you—this beadboard desk means business with a file drawer and keyboard tray.

$720, 48 by 30 inches; Maine Woodworks, from Cottage Home,