Paperwork heck is still dominating my dining room (though it is mostly dominating paper boxes). Newer mail and paperwork typically pile up in the kitchen on the breakfast table. I need to find a better solution for this little papier-plague before it spreads again.
I think a solution might be creating a workspace that includes functional as well as asthetic components. I like the way that this catalog set-up their station:
I plan on going in a slightly different direction but there are some things I will use such as a mail/letter station and key hooks. I will add some simple shelves for decorative items. I would like a steel magnet board to display my kiddo- art because magnets will not stick to my refrigearator. I also want a cork board for notes, menus and photos. Since I am on a tight budget, I plan on plan on picking these two items up at Ikea because they have each of these for under $10. I have stainless steel appliances, so I am torn between leaving the magnet board natural or covering it in a fabric to add a little pattern.
My kitchen features textured stucco walls, cherry cabinets, and black accents. My design will need to be natural and somewhat rustic. Several years ago, I visited Tuscany and I find myself going back to that asthetic over and over. I may go in that direction again for this room- though the lines of the various components are likely to be sharp and angular. It may be a challange to blend the two, but I think I am up to it.