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Office De-Lite

A friend of mine has recently been hitting me up for a little advice on her home office because she spends 40 hours+ a week in that space. Most recently, she was quizzing me on desks.

So it got me thinking about home offices.

I like a touch of ambiance when I find myself say… sorting and organizing receipts for hours in my office.

My advice is this–light a candle, surround yourself with inspiring art or images or a giant pinboard, get a comfortable chair, get the right lighting–multiple levels if possible.

Maybe include a rug that is a work of art on it’s own.

Put some music on and work it.

 

RUG | LETTER ORGANIZER | BASKET | VINTAGE DESK | DESK CHAIR | VANQUISH PRINT | HUGO ARMCHAIR | POWERPUFF GIRLS | DO IT ANYWAY PRINT| TOBACCO CANDLE

 

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Trestle Desks

I have some telecommuting friends and one of these friends has a new work from home gig and needs to carve out a work space. I’m thinking she should consider a trestle desk because well it’s kind of simple– they are affordable, timeless and chic.

Case in point,

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My favorite example. It’s all about accessorizing, customizing and adding great art. Shelving won’t hurt either.

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How is everyone putting these together? Mostly with IKEA’s Klimpen system, which you can customize with different finishes on the top and the legs. Here’s a little roundup with some other trestle options, some with a little more storage.

trestle desks

Target trestle desk/ PB Teen Storage Trestle Desk/ PB Teen Project Trestle Desk/ IKEA Klimpen Desk

 

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Pendant Lighting for An Office Entry

I’m working on a little office upgrade. It’s a quaint little commercial space in downtown Southern Pines, NC and it needs a little TLC. We’ll give it some paint, upgrade the bathrooms, repair and re-coat the maple hardwoods and it will be open for biz.

The entries to the office spaces have these cathedral ceilings with little false dormers that allow more natural light in to the space. Right now, these shiny brass 80s chandeliers are hanging.

Penn office before

To modernize the space and give a different first impression when you enter, we’ll install one of these,

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A desk comparison

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DesksNot too long ago I was looking for a little, affordable desk for my 5-year old DC’s room. I came across the Threshold desk at Target. Affordable…absolutely and it reminded me of other more expensive simple, minimalist desks. It got great reviews and so the decision was easy. I like my choice.

Desk 51 Blu dot/ Threshold desk

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Sarah’s Desk Revamp

A few months ago I bought this old desk at my favorite local thrift shop for about $30.

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I was immediately drawn to the brass pulls. And then upon closer inspection, I realized it kind of has a Parsons look with classic straight lines. The finish was in horrible shape, it had not been treated well. I needed a desk and the price was right and it appeared that I could repair the finish with some wood filler and paint.

You know lots of bloggers post about painting furniture but two of my go to sources are Little Green Notebook and Young House Love. I felt confident about my knowledge of the overall painting process but needed to review the recommended primer and what kind of clear finish to apply over the paint. So I consulted YHL’s furniture painting tutorial before starting.

I wasn’t 100% sure I wanted to paint the desk white. I was waffling between white or gray. But then I saw this and it was really tempting,

desk black+whiteBut I think it was a little too sophisticated for a desk area in the kitchen/sitting area. So I returned to gray because I love the way that gray and brass hardware live so well in perfect harmony.

I really wanted to hit the gray just right and I think this image embodies what I was shooting for,

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So my color would be,

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 Ben Moore’s Fieldstone, which is what Sally Wheat painted her kitchen cabinets and everyone drooled all over them and it started a revolution or at least it felt like there was a movement? Maybe it was all in my head…

I used Elmer’s ProBond Wood Filler because that’s what I had on hand and a latex primer and paint from Lowe’s. Yeah, I used latex primer because I am absolutely over oil based paint and the mess that it creates and John & Sherry said I could anyway.

And here’s my thrifty lover in process after one or two coats,

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And here it is dunzo… finally. I know you’re jealous of my whitewashed paneling in the kitchen, those feelings are natural– just try to contain your excitement. The desk chair is totally temporary and I do not in anyway consider this to be styled.

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Close up shot, I did add Floetrol to the paint to diminish some brush strokes and I think it worked…ok. I also scrubbed the hardware with Barkeeper’s Friend and a little Brasso. For about $50 all together I’m absolutely fine with the end product and I could move it somewhere else in time and use it as a console.

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