Monday, April 30, 2012

My Office

No, not the garage :D  Although officially I suppose it is. I thought I'd share some pics of my little room that has FINALLY come to find some personality.  It's actually the formal dining room in our house (hence that awful chandelier I must do something about) but our life does not have a use for formal it became my office-slash-fancy-folding laundry room. hehe

Here is what it looked like when we first moved here, it was sort of a hodge-podge of all the smaller, odd sized pieces of furniture that had a place in our previous house in Seattle.  While it looked nice and I had no complaints about it, I really wanted to bring some light in and needed an excuse to keep some of these refinished pieces for myself ;)
 Very contemporary, very brown and not very me.
I first listed everything in here on Craigslist to sell, then used that $ to buy a used Ektorp loveseat, also found on Craigslist.  I bought a new slipcover (around $30) for it at Ikea and it looked good as new.  Around Christmas time,  we scored this awesome antique sconce while perusing 'Uncommon Objects', a wonderful place on Congress Avenue to find cool vintage treasures.   
Aaaah...much better already.
I found a pair of solid wood shelves on Craigs (where else), but they had some damage and holes in the backs so I just ripped them off, gave them a good white-washing and moved them in along the sides of the sofa.
Chair was a steal at Marshalls!  Luv luv luv that store-too much.
The trunk was a Round Top find, I might add some castors to the bottom to give it some more height but it holds my feet up and my coffee cup just fine for now :)

I've started collecting small vintage paintings of the sea, my Mom sends me one when she finds a good deal. Usually at a flea market or salvage store! I just pound them out of those funky frames they are always in and keep the canvas. I have some resting on the shelves and some I hang within them to layer things a bit.
We ordered a couple pairs of these wings for the shop but I just HAD to keep one set to myself.  They have the most awesome mix of taupe, teal and white peaking through the distressing in the feathers.  We'll be getting more in soon though so check back!  I have a different desk in here all the time, as one sells I just replace it with the next finished one until there is room in the shop space.  It keeps things interesting and I don't get bored.  I'm too busy putting everything away again!
A couple views of the other side of the room (and that awful chandelier!)
That bright pop of  pink is a paperweight my son made me in school :)
One last look.  Sorry for the lousy pictures.  I just got a new camera and am still learning how to use it.  Obviously I've got a long way to go but the manual is so intimidating :{  Every time I sit down to read it I start thinking I'd rather fold some laundry in my new room ;}
Hope you are having a great week!


  1. Fabulous transformation. I LOVE the colour of your desk - and the wings are a beautiful touch. VERY nicely done - glad to have found you! x

    1. Thank you! The desk paint color was called 'Juniper Ash' by Behr.