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Trestle Desks

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

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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. To modernize the space and give a different first impression when you enter, we’ll install one of these,   1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7

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A desk comparison

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Not 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

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

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Office Do Over: Photography Art

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Two+ years ago I was looking at maybe Vogue Living Australia or House & Home and I saw this framed image leaning against a window sill, I tore the image out and have had it in my inspiration binder. And then recently I stumbled upon the image on Pinterest and now I know that its Twiggy. I liked the expression on the woman’s face, the sort of emptiness/boredom and lack of expression combined with the pop of the glasses and orange color. This image of Twiggy inspired me to purchase Valerie Chiang’s print which now hangs in my office. I’ve mentioned/posted about this print before but I finally put the two images together. In case you’re curious I posted about redecorating my office here , here, here and here

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Vintage Office Chair Redo

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Do you recall that $10 vintage office chair I bought last summer at my favorite local thrift store? Here it is, basically left outside with a future in dumpsters. I decided on a simple and affordable small black and white stripe from Premier Prints because my thrift chair needed a lot of work at the upholstery shop. And voila this is how it turned out,

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Office Do Over: Lighting Choices Cont’d

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Uggh, the chronic indecision continues. Previously, I thought I was settled on a capiz shell chandy referenced in Part II. That all fell away as I continued to add fixtures to the field of consideration–cause that’s a no fail cure for indecision right? So here are the other fixtures I was considering for my new navy blue office. Staggered Chandelier Great price point but I think its too bling for work? Marmont pendant I was considering spraying the copper portion white. Copper chandelier Love this and it satisfies my obsession with faceted lighting, Turin pendant I can’t get over the crystal hanging from the bottom of these– it bugs me for some reason, I’m sure its removable but I’m not totally sold on this style Solaris pendant Oh it was hard to say no to yet another great brass Arteriors fixture but this one at $400+ was out of my…

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Office Do Over Part III

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Here’s a little office action, remember I’m making over my office slowly but surely as previously posted here and here. A little review– the wall color is Ben Moore’s Blue Note, the color appears most true underneath the window, apologies the room is dark because I need some lighting. I already had the chairs they are from Pier 1 maybe 4 years ago. The dresser is vintage and needs to be go glossy white. The figgy is looking oh so handsome in a Wisteria basket and the carpet well…its unfortunate but will remain unchanged. That is my new desk chair in effect and you can see my Sally Mann obsession also still in full effect. Instead of a horse I settled on this photograph 30×40 over the dresser. Poor man’s Massimo Vitali–I love beach photographs right now so I needed to let it out. and I think it will go…

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Make Me Over

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Meet my $10 mid century office chair. Nice solid wood base on nickel casters, everything is in good working order, the wood even looks like it might be teak or something pretty and Danish looking. Worn–yes, sad—probably, hopeful–absolutely. So my first instinct was black and white small vertical stripes. Then my next thought was some boldly colored velvet. Visualize with me, Care to vote? all sources are Pinterest unless otherwise noted.

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Office Do Over Part II

Office Do Over Part II

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I’m in the process of doing some redecorating in my office and here’s Part I in case you missed it. I’m in the middle of a lighting conundrum. You see, I was quite certain I wanted this. I see it as abstract branches more than coral. But I have two concerns, 1. is it too beachy 2. it’s not stark white So I did some looking around and I’ve got some alternates. But the results of my search have ended in a few conclusions. The main conclusion is that there isn’t really a lot out there for under $400 that is both stylish, isn’t a drum shade or paper pendant and provides more than 60 watts. Maybe I’m just missing it. If you’ve got any source suggestions I’d love to hear them. Out of the budget but its ok to dream, Turns out PB Teen has some good choices and I’m leaning heavy towards capiz shell,…

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Office Do Over

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I’ve been working on re-doing my office and I’ve known for several months that I wanted to paint a room navy blue. I’ve flip flopped on which room it was going to be and then finally chose my office. The chosen navy hue is Benjamin Moore’s Blue Note. And I couldn’t be happier. Its just the right the depth, the right amount of blue and I requested an eggshell finish for a little sheen. I went standard white with the trim and this time I decided to use a satin finish instead of my standard semi-gloss. So we’re off to a good start. I’ve collected a couple of other things like this print from NC photographer Valerie Chiang, When I showed my Mom, she said, “so what…she’s at the fair?”  So she clearly LOVES it. The print looks fantastic against the navy wall, perfect really. And I found this vintage dresser at a thrift store for…

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Sarah’s House: Library/Office

Sarah’s House: Library/Office

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When I want to make a free improvement in my house and I need a break from the mundane chores some times I like to re-arrange the bookcases in the library/office. This is how they are lookin’ now. And you don’t have to tell me…I know the dingy white needs to go–someday.      

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