Working In Style: Karen Carroll
Southern Accents Editor in Chief, Karen Carroll, candidly admits that her office desk is usually buried under layouts, product catalogs, and scouting shots (she ascribes to the "cluttered desk is the sign of a creative mind" philosophy) but she is currently obsessed with Mad Men and loves the whole idea of glasses and decanters at the ready. Since these days all that gin and scotch is frowned upon, she would however have to sub in sweet tea and lemonade.
[Black glass and nickel plated brass tray from Mecox]
[Sterling tray from Tiffany]
One gracious touch Karen does maintain in the office is a silver tray for stashing business cards (a la the old calling card idea in the front hall). If you want to emulate Karen, here are a few varied examples, most in the eight to eleven inch range. Note the Mecox tray shown above is larger and scaled for glasses or decanters.
Pewter from Williams Sonoma
Silver plate from Madison
Silver plate from Ralph Lauren
Stainless and galvanized options, scaled for barware and priced under $40, from Crate & Barrel
Calling cards are from Crane