I thought I would give you the full tour of my office today. I cleaned out all of my projects and swept the floor for the occasion. A red-letter day!
You’ve seen the table with the newly-minted hide-it-all skirt, but did I tell you that Mr. Wonderful and I made the table out of a door? Yes, and there used to be two of them in my office. At the same time. Ever have one of those brain-dead moments when you build something in a room and then you realize–too late–you might not be able to get it out through the doorway? Yeah, that happened.
My office has gone through several revolutions of furniture and paint colors. The longer I live in a space, the more I understand how I need it to function for me. This space will probably never be DONE.
These are hanging on the back of my closet door.
I’ve always had a thing for vintage textiles and old advertising. I’ve been collecting baby dresses, pillow cases with embroidery and crocheted edges, handkerchiefs, lace curtains, or any other interesting textile for over 20 years. My latest obsession is European grain sacks. I use them for upholstery, pillows and messenger bags. I also just love looking at stacks of them! (You probably can’t tell, but that’s a screen door I found and put on the front of that bookshelf.)
Enter another fetish….architectural pieces. Ahhhh…the chippy, peely goodness makes my heart sing! I’m not much of a lacey, frilly, flowery girl, but don’t those lace curtains just make you all gooey inside?!!
One day I was pouting about not having enough storage for my office, so I ran out to the stash of projects in my garage and pulled out the one piece I thought might suit my needs best at the time. All I really had in my furniture stash was blonde, mid-century stuff. Not exactly my style. I found a very boring, masculine piece and with a few feminine touches, I made it work for my space. I cut off HIS boring peg legs and gave HER new shapely legs found at Lowe’s. Her frilly hardware came from a garage sale that I spray-painted black. She holds my sewing notions and lots of hardware for future projects. Remember the bread box charging station? I love how it tidies up the space….but what to do about that speaker?
Okay, see that doll hanging there? That’s from my former business (Threadbare Creations) and one of the reasons I’m obsessed with textiles. I used to make primitive dolls and dress/embellish them in vintage fabrics, baby dresses, old gloves, purses, buttons and jewelry. I still have a few around my house that I couldn’t part with. I made a decent living at it and it allowed me to stay home to raise my 3 children. Can’t beat that!
This is where I blog and watch my pie-safe-encased TV.
The pictures behind this chair are actually framed decorative needle packs and sewing cards. As I mentioned before, I love old advertising and frame it for artwork whenever possible.
When my daughter moved back home, she would sit in here with me and we’d watch Teen Mom together, so I splurged on these two chairs from Pier One. (Teen Mom, you say? Yeah, I know what you’re thinking…but it’s so much fun to yell at the TV!)
And one last collection of dresses and textiles.
There are so many projects in this room, I haven’t hit on them all in this 360-degree tour of my office. I hope to show you more in upcoming posts.
So, that’s how my office looks today. Tomorrow could be totally different!
Bye from the Bungalow,
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