FYI – I think I’m so hot and full of surprises but the evidence shows that is not true. Apparently I am now and have always been ridiculously predictable.
Long story short: my daughter is moving apartments soon and I am brimming over with decorating advice. Which she didn’t ask for and doesn’t want. Very short-sighted of her if you ask me because this is one of my great strengths – decorating imaginary apartments that I will never live in. I’ve been doing it for years and I’m really really good at it.
Anyway, I thought I might be able to influence her* if I showed her attractive old ladies’ writing desks, which are the perfect thing for modern laptops. Maybe a nice delicate drop front desk. And then I remembered that about mid-way through the series, Mary Tyler Moore replaced the oak typewriter table she kept beneath the Ben Shawn poster with a delicate French Provincial style drop front desk. It was during the period when she became a little more prosperous and installed that round cloth-covered table and two white FP chairs in front of the triple window. The Veal Prince Orloff Years.
I can’t produce a picture of the set (but I will eventually. Stay tuned.) As I was googling for “Mary Tyler Moore apartment”, I came across my own photo of my NYC bachelorette apartment that I had posted on an old site in 2004.
I don’t have a single thing left that was in that photo. I dithered around so long about the Y that a piece of it broke off and when I got tired of hanging onto the pieces, I threw it out. Last year. There were 2 rockers in different styles that matched that rope chair and ottoman**.
* I don’t know why I thought that – she is never influenced by my ideas or taste.
**I bought my rope chair and ottoman at a JD Bauer store on Third Avenue in the 70s (streets and years). Check this: