In my searching I have come to two conclusions:
1) there is a lot of ugly furniture in this world
2) a good desk is hard to find, unless you're willing to pay $1000+
I almost bought the west elm parsons desk , it is the right size and has a simple style. I'm so glad that I waited because I think I found the same one on Craigslist, in white. We are currently in email negotiations, I'm crossing my fingers!