Staying home has never been so stressful, but quarantine has some perks - it's allowed us to (virtually) snoop around other people's homes. The first few weeks of lockdown brought us the novelty of broadcasters migrating to guest bedrooms and kitchen tables, as the nation pored over Bryan Dobson's bookshelves and admired the Scandi-chic panelling of Claire Byrne's shed.
And as the quarantine stretches on, stir-crazy celebrities seeking any excuse not to work (and any opportunity to grab the attention they crave) have given us a look into their luxurious homes - many viewers of Gal Gadot and Co's viral 'Imagine' video were less interested in the warbling celebrities than in the details of their decor, from Zoe Kravitz's tiled fireplace to Maya Rudolph's millennial pink couch.
Without red carpets to strut or chat shows to titter on, the stars have had to resort to selfies and shots of their work-from-home set-ups posted to social media. Enter the #deskie, a carefully styled picture of the celebrity's desk, artfully dressed with vases of flowers, fashionable stationery and an illuminating selection of books.
Alexa Chung's is an unsurprisingly chic example: atop a mid-century desk - which, she explains in the comments of her Instagram post, she picked up at a vintage shop - she has arranged an achingly cool display of sketchbooks and fashion tomes, next to a tumbling mass of flowers in a rustic vase and a lampshade featuring a very of-the-moment line drawing of a woman's face. Throw in a two-tone linen cushion on the traditional wooden chair and it's enough to give anyone desk envy.
Much like Alexa's own personal style, it's an eclectic mishmash of contemporary and vintage touches, though without any laptops, tablets, unattractive cords or cables in the way, it's improbably low-tech (and miles more photogenic). The photo was taken just before lockdown during a shoot for Domino magazine, which explains the professional quality and impeccable styling - it's safe to assume a more recent snap wouldn't be quite so immaculate.
In other examples of desks whose only job is to be photographed, see Kate Middleton's, captured in a picture shared by Kensington Palace last month.
Decorated with a leather document wallet and a wicker letter tray, the elegant wooden desk is so pristine, it could be a stock picture, on which she (or some royal aide) has posed a collection of terribly sophisticated cloth-bound Penguin Classics.
Book lovers eager to judge Kate's literary tastes will find little of interest here, only an indisputable selection of Dickens, Austen and Bronte. But in the background, we can see her desk overlooks a speckless cream sofa, embroidered cushions, covered radiators and a child-sized club chair, suggesting a family-friendly workspace.
From Kate's bouncy blow-dry to her beautiful patterned carpet, it's picture-perfect, although nosy viewers would expect little else from a literal princess.
Mindy Kaling's deskie, on the other hand, offered a visual feast for eagle-eyed bookworms. Her own desk - a dark, open-carved affair with child-proof corner guards - is empty apart from her laptop, a lamp and a couple of framed photos, but the stars of the show are her shelves: gorgeous, teal built-in shelving, heaving with books, framed photos and a game of Monopoly.
She has a few Penguin Classics of her own - the Bronte sisters boxed set - and titles by fellow comics Tina Fey, Steve Martin and David Sedaris, literary fiction by Zadie Smith and Philip Roth, a large volume on American theatre, and Bridget Jones's Diary author Helen Fielding's lesser-known debut Cause Celeb, a natural choice for the romcom connoisseur. You get the sense she might even have read them all too.
Jigsaw floor mats line the orange patterned rug and there appears to be a crib just out of shot, indicating her office doubles as a play area for her two-year-old daughter Katherine. Mindy shared a photo of herself sitting at the desk in a white shirt, sleeveless jumper and swan-printed pyjamas, quipping: "When all of your meetings for the day are video conference calls."
Humour can be a handy tool for wealthy stars to prove they're really just like us - or so they believe. Cindy Crawford joked about the realities of working from home with a pair of shots contrasting "working from home on Instagram vs. working from home IRL".
In the first, the supermodel poses with her heels resting on a spotless desk, laid out with a couple of neat documents, a laptop and notepad, beside a crisp white vase of pink roses.
The second picture shows a more laid-back Cindy surrounded by scattered paperwork, notepads, greeting cards and miscellaneous household items - yet it also shows her sleek glass desk, iMac computer, tan leather chair and floor-to-ceiling windows, plus a large illustration of Cinderella, the only hint of her personality in an oasis of glistening modernism. Who knew the supermodel was a Disniac?
In her working from home snap, Reese Witherspoon is joined by a four-legged assistant: her bulldog Lou. Her deskie reveals she's converted the kitchen into a temporary office, the table strewn with her laptop, glasses and various clutter.
For many of Reese's followers, the grocery bags on the kitchen counter and the tablet box on the table are endearing, offering an authentic slice of the actress's life.
Reese may be one of the most powerful players in Hollywood, but her brand pitches her as a down-to-earth, approachable, 'regular' woman and mother, and this set-up coveys that relatability - until you clock that nifty copper temperature control mug, which comes with a €145 price tag.
One celebrity who hasn't made any attempts to appear relatable is Madonna, who shares frequent updates from her "quarantine diaries" on Instagram.
She favours a chiaroscuro effect in her home office lighting: a single dim lamp and a handful of flickering candles in heavy brass holders provide the only illumination, as she sits at her desk and records her musings on a typewriter.
"Working from home" has become, for her, another kind of performance, complete with props, including an eerie bird cage, a rather frightening doll figurine and one familiar item: a bottle of Tipp-Ex.
It's bizarre, but getting that previously forbidden glimpse into a celebrity's home life feeds our naturally voyeuristic impulses. And if you need to take a break from the news, a dose of aspirational eye candy, in the form of built-in bookshelves, made-to-measure cushioning or a striking desk lamp, is as good a distraction as any.