I like my "office", especially since I recently moved the desk to under the window. It looks out to trees and a small park next to the river, so it is pleasant to stare out at when I need inspiration. It is in an almost square ex-bedroom, freshly painted Antique White, freshly cleaned cream carpet, new warm white blinds - so why doesn't it work? Why does it look like a used furniture shop? To answer my own question, by necessity it has a tall unit that holds syllabus documents, text books and programs. This is left over from previous incarnations in different houses and is pine turned ginger. The desk is left over from my kids' student days, and is cheap brown laminate. The side table is a lovely old piece that once lived in a church. So no, nothing matches. I'm thinking about sanding, priming and painting them all cream - will it work? Or donating the desk and unit to the Salvation army and getting wall shelves and a trestle desk from Ikea... or just doing nothing.....any ideas?