My Analog Room

Over the years I have fallen deeper into this hobby which has resulted in a common collection of pens, inks, pencils, note cards, letter paper and so on. I haven’t amassed a huge collection so I have been able to contain it to a bookshelf in my home office. Though my recent acquisition of paper products has outpaced my use of said paper products so everything gets rearranged to make it fit after I try it out.

I find myself putting off writing letters and not enjoying my pens because of the time it takes to find what I want and the subsequent put away afterwards. I have longed for a good solution and after some mental stalling and fear of just doing it I think I have made some progress. Recently we freed up a room in our house that was starting to collect more random household goods than we wanted. I decided to transition the room to the Analog Room. Not a man cave, but a place for anyone to experience an occasional refuge from email, screens and technology.

The center piece for me will always be the electro-mechanical pinball machine that is very similar to the one I had as a child. I still love a good game of pin without having to maintain a pocket full of quarters.

The first purchase was a writing desk, just for writing, no stapler, tape dispenser, pictures or doodads, just a blank desktop. I wanted small and preferred a roll top variety not for the nostalgia as much as for dust control. Shopping the online classifieds, prices ranged widely and I think some of the sellers’ believed theirs was used by Thomas Jefferson when he penned the Declaration of Independence. I found a reproduction that fit the budget to a point that if this hair brain idea doesn’t work out I’m not out much coin. A short drive, exchange of cash and a cleanup from some domestic animal that shed blankets full of hair in one of the drawers and we got it inside our new room setup. It has a few age bruises but if I ever have to sell it I will go with words like patina and character.

Writing Desk

Immediate Needs

  • Lighting
  • Chair, do I go vintage or comfort?
  • Ceiling fan with electrical, it gets quite warm in there
  • Cellular signal and wi-fi jamming device (ok kidding)

Coming Soon

  • JCPenney table radio that works great with the old tune dial
  • Old citizens band radio desktop microphone that my dad used
  • Typewriter, though floor space may limit what I can do for a stand
  • Flip card rolodex for addresses, or maybe a Col-r-ring?
  • Hardbound dictionary

Cute Creative Stuff

  • A shelf or basket at the door for any visitors’ devices
  • A sign claiming the room as an analog only zone


I’m enjoying the setup so far though with a delay from our friend Irma the storm. I have written the first letter from the new desk to my lovely wife who has been extremely supportive, yes I mail letters to my wife who lives in the same household. I look forward to some Pinterest cruising for analog ideas and inspiration and I’m hoping I can get a few pictures through the window for social media as I progress because remember devices will not be allowed in the room 🙂 .

So do you have an analog space or have any ideas for mine?

Remember: Write something nice……

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6 thoughts on “My Analog Room

  1. Ha! What an awesome idea. I’ve found that I’m starting to surround myself with older well made things as well. For some reason I shifted from gear/tech head to more of someone who admires and appreciates things that took time to make and will last forever. So I total appreciate what you’re doing!
    If you could find a rotary phone that’d be a cool addition. A clock that actually “Ticks” would go well on the wall as well. Keep updating!

    • Thanks David, I have an old pushbutton phone that was the ever so slight upgrade from a rotary so maybe I will go dig that out, good idea. Quality in craftsmanship, regardless of the country of origin, has always interested me. At last count I had 14+ thingies that connected online so I’ve been accused of gearheadness myself so I really want this space to let me escape buzzes, beeps, LEDs and only see the flashing lights of the occasional game of unconnected Pinball.

  2. Love the idea of an analog-only space. I’d suggest a green-glass, bankers-style lamp for the top of your desk although it might not light the actual surface appropriately. Of course, you could always use a candle…..ok, too “analog”? 🙂
    I’d be inclined toward a vintage desk chair with a pad of some kind to make it more comfortable. You won’t be sitting there for hours but you want to be comfortable so you won’t dread it. The little cubbies would enjoy some postage stamps and maybe some ephemera to be included in your letters. Maybe some rubber stamps and ink to personalize or embellish your letters or envelopes. Nice start to a pleasing space.

    • Thanks Melanie for all the suggestions. I have filled the cubbies up a little and I think I know the type of lamp you’re talking about. I also want to get around to the consignment shops and chair shop. You’re right this won’t be a task type chair probably more vintage look than overall comfort. Right now a dining room chair is serving the purpose but it needs more. I’ll keep posting as I make real upgrades

  3. Your room looks awesome, especially the desk and the pinball machine. The digital world we live in is full of distractions so an analog space like this seems like a great idea.

    • Thanks WritHere, I am really loving it. I need to get on the ball with some other decorating but I find I write some, then just stop, think and reflect on the day. So nice.

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