Vintage accesories add character to an at-home office. See the rest of this colorful home: http://www.bhg.com/decorating/decorating-style/modern/do-it-yourself-eclectic-makeover/?socsrc=bhgpin041413cottagedesk=14
This link is just a forum, but I like the idea of having two work spaces. One smaller for just a laptop, one larger for laying out papers, wrapping presents, etc. The shelves and big desk are Expedit from IKEA -- not sure about the small desk top.