Recently I asked Atlanta-based designer Candler Lloyd about a desk and abstract art pairing that she did more than twenty years ago in a soft pink 1980s bedroom. The exact origin of the painting isn't certain but Candy noted that the find really lightened up a very serious French desk.
To achieve a similar look in 2009, one of Sally King Benedict's paintings would be a great jumping off point.
Since today is the first day of breast cancer awareness month, I opted for a work dominated by pinks. The mix at top represents one interpretation using pieces from Atlanta shops: an old French Louis XV-style bureau plat in oak and bronze with leather top from The Gables paired with an antique Louis XVI-style chair from Foxglove Antiques.
Less expensive and more rustic options include Wisteria's Louis XVI-style dining chair and maybe an earthier Louis XV-style French oak table from L'Esprit, shown above.
For a choice between The Gables' formal desk and the casual option, I like this French marquetry inlay writing table at The Stalls on Bennett Street in Atlanta. And I also think Caitlin and Tyler of Found could unearth some stylish vintage alternatives.