So here is my "made over" desk. It's not done yet, but this is what it looked like after a little bit of rummaging around my apartment.
As you can see, I've added a bunch of things to the wall: post-it notes bearing inspiring quotes and a to-do list (that kept falling off, darn post-its), and a trio of food info pages from a magazine put out by our grocery store. The pages feature tomatoes, apples, and eggplants. They seemed like fall-appropriate foods to me.
I've added a shiny silver piggy bank to my desktop. On my shelves, there is now a storage box and some electronics (USB computer speakers and my pair of external hard drives - I've saved all the digital photos I've taken since 2004, plus I have a huge music collection).
While this is an improvement on the naked desk, it's still not how I'd like it to look. I want to better-organise the shelves, add some cork board tiles to the walls, organise my desk drawer, and just jazz the space up in general. I'll be back on Friday with the final product.
Now, I'm off to decorate!