Before we renovated, we had a large colonial looking drawer unit that the phone sat in, and it had a drawer underneath it for pens etc. It was very purpose built, and I didn't want something that large for beside the phone, but we still need somewhere to put the pens and paper for when we need to write down a number or a message. I found this old timber crate at the op shop last week, it was pretty ugly, and only $3.
I wanted to make something to do the job, but decorative as well. So, this is what I came up with.
It hides the pens and notepad at the back, but looks pretty at the front.