So, after much debate (and after much time spent admiring artist Sarah Lamb's still life paintings) I finally decided to buy a reproduction portrait. The original portrait of this young girl was painted by French artist Jean-Bapiste Simeon Chardin in 1740. I figure this is a good way (well, actually the only way) to experience 18th Century art on a daily basis. I decided on this portrait for a specific reason. When I'm not blogging about interior design or working, I'm likely to be playing tennis and although the girl is holding a badminton birdy (I think that's the correct term!) and a badminton racquet, that was enough for me to associate it with tennis.
I decided to hang the picture above what has become my work space, but for this picture I cleaned it up and removed the laptop, papers and magazines that are usually spread over the top. The shutter doors on the cabinet hide the printer and stereo system. It all actually works out fairly well, considering this is the dining room and I don't have a home office.