We, as modern workers, spend an inordinate amount of time sitting at a desk. Shouldn’t it be a place that inspires us?

The goal of The Well-Appointed Desk is to feature:

  • inspiring desks and work spaces (from home office to working studios)
  • tools we use (from pens and pencils to computer applications)
  • gentle reminders that sometimes, the best tool for the job is pen and paper
  • vintage and modern wares for the office
  • accoutrements (from pencil cups to binder clips)
  • links to other sites with a passion for office supplies, paper goods and writing instruments
  • and to infuse joy, beauty and whimsy into day-to-day office drudgery

Things we (probably) won’t be covering:

  • Craft rooms (though I love a good craft space, lots of other sites cover this topic so we’ll be focusing on the business-side of the well-appointed desk)
  • Super Kawaii (I love fruit-scented, shaped erasers as much as the next person but I’ll try to keep this a little more upscale than that — I’m not making any promises though!)

As a self-professed lover of office supplies and paper goods, it seemed only fitting that I share the great finds and inspiration.


Occasionally, companies will contact me (entirely unsolicited) and offer products free of charge for me to review and giveaway to readers. I do my best to review them honestly, without bias, to help readers make the best choices about products. I will include a disclaimer if a product was given to me (or any of the other reviewers and writers on this site)  free of charge for review purposes but know that, should I forget, it is human error and not an attempt to obfuscate its origins. We do receive ad revenue in the form of ad sponsorship and the occasional sponrsored post and those will be indicated accordingly.

This blog is done for the love of pens, paper and office supplies but the contributions of products and funds help to pay for the products that get reviewed as well as server space, mailing supplies, photo equipment and other aspects that help to keep this blog going.

Also, the FTC would like me to remind you that I am a full-time employee of Hallmark Cards, Inc. If any mention of Hallmark is made here, it is done as a personal expression and in no reflects the company’s views, opinions or policies. I was not asked or directed to include any content about Hallmark here. I do it because I like my job, my paycheck and health insurance.

Please let me know if you find anything that should be added to the site.

Thanks for visiting!

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  1. Hi – I check out your website often for enjoyment and inspiration. Question – I found a vintage desk accessory item in an antique shop, bought it, but now I’m thinking of selling it. I don’t have an account on etsy or ebay. Can you suggest somewhere that I could post it? Possibly does your site post such things? If you’d like to see it, I can send a photo – just tell me how to. It has a wooden base, a well for resting your writing instrument, a teal ink bottle for filling with ink, and a little “bookcase” with matchbox sized boxes for reinforcements, labels, etc. between 2 wire “bookends.”
    Thanks, Carol

  2. I am developing a product that may fit in well with the context of your website.

    For artists and notetakers who are still in love with the pen… and their iPad

    I hope you’ll take a moment to look and if you like it perhaps post it on your site.

    NOTEBLOX – the magnetic, stackable iPad journals


    The NOTEBLOX are simple blank paper journals, with 12 neodymium magnets built into the back and front cover. The magnets hold the iPad in the back, and pens, pencils, styluses and other NOTEBLOX on the front. The magnetic binding system provides a simple and convenient package for carrying your notebook, stylus, pen and iPad together. When you’ve filled the pages the NOTEBLOX remains a clever object and is designed to be archived, rather than discarded.

    thank you,


  3. You asked about the SM1 nib for a Sheaffer Cadet pen. The meaning of the code is: Semi-flex Medium; i.e. the “S” means “semi-flex”. I have three Ebay pens of this type and the G1, F1, M1, and SM1 nibs, also from Ebay. I got two in perfect condition for a very low price and one which had a damaged sac and seal for a very high price (misidentified as a Snorkel!). I repaired the last one and now I have more of these pens than I am very likely to ever need (although I do like them).

  4. I came across this blog while googling Midori Traveler’s Notebook, something I only heard of today, getting serious about organizing my papers and tools for writing and drawing and seems like your blog is a good fit for me at this time 🙂

  5. Your blog totally saved me from going crazy. I got the Pilot C-50 fountain pen and I could not figure out how to use the ink bladder. Once finished reading the blog on that pen, you hooked me. I enjoy your insights and links to products.

  6. Hey! I really love your site!
    But I have one question: which ink did you use in your TWSBI Diamond Mini Review? I really love the color of the ink, but I am not sure which one was used. the color seems to fit one of your reviewed noodler’s inks but please help me out 😉

  7. I receive so many great comments on my first rubber stamp I got from you I decided to get three more today and rotate things around a bit. Have you ever considered carrying ink stamp pads in your store? I was surprised at how hard they are to find these days locally. Just a thought.

  8. Nobody does it better. Have spent the entire weekend (surely not the entire weekend? o.k., yes the ENTIRE weekend) looking at stationery supply style blogs and sites. Hands down (pencils down) yours is the best. Have been enjoying it for several months now and will continue.
    The DESK is my go-to site for stationery supplies, office supplies, home office info.and browsing. The DESK is visual, engaging, concise, well-written. Very top drawer.

    1. I used my Hobonichi for about half the year and then I lost steam with it. I’ve been thinking about trying again since I have three months left. Thanks for kicking me back into gear.

  9. Dear Ana,

    What a wonderful website you have! My big compliments. I am very excited I discovered it! Personally, I believe that stationery can inspire us ànd that it can make us happy. That is why I created Enjoy Happy Stationery (www.enjoyhappystationery.blogspot.nl).

    I would like to feature you there as an inspirator. Your newest article is outstanding! You clarify the meaning of stationery and why it can be such an inspiring and helpful tool in whatever we do, from making mundane grocery lists to creating Majestic poetry. I hope you are interested in it.

    Thank you in advance and keep writing those inspiring articles!

    Kind regards,
    Rose from Enjoy Happy Stationery

  10. I am so glad to have stumbled on your blog!! I have described myself for decades as a pen-and-paperholic and have grieved and the diminishing of pen and paper products in the general market. I think your site is the answer to my laments!!

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