Thursday, April 12, 2012

Spring Into Action - My Desk - Week 2

This is week 2 of 3 of the Spring Into Action project party where 12 blogs have joined forces to motivate each other, and hopefully those who visit, to complete a project that we need to see through to completion. 

I chose to share my desk make over and am excited to show with you the pieces and colors that I am incorporating in this space to make it more functional, organized and pretty.

This clipboard is the color inspiration I shared with you last week. I had talked about the desk being the place from which I manage bills and other paperwork as well as kids' school papers; the place from which I blog, work and study.


This is the desk as it was until a few days ago. I had begun contemplating ideas to organize and beautify this space back in the Fall as I was heading into a hectic holiday season.

I thought the back panel was a great spot to make over and a great place to start - I looked at the 56" x 18" as a blank canvas. It has been begging for some color and I would not be me if I did not put something colorful up there and so I decided to add fabric - a soft furnishing to a room with a lot of wood.

For the past couple of months I had these pinned to the board from a selection of swatches I had ordered from I narrowed the fabrics down to these two because I liked the colors against the Mountain Lane by Benjamin Moore on the walls.

Then I picked the one I liked best because of the off-white background which would lighten the space - I found the one on the right a little too busy so I picked this one and I liked how it looked in the room with the paint on the walls.

It is Premier Prints Traditions in Natural/Sweet Potato.

Here are the fun desktop/hutch items I have put together - some already owned, some purchased.

1. Edible Arrangements vase in quirky shape in turquoise, from Goodwill - new
2. Toast rack from Etsy shop, Bluebell
3. Floral fun little bowl from Goodwill - new
4. Premier Prints Traditions Natural/Sweet Potato fabric - new
5. Two's Company clipboard
6. Hollywood Regency mini waste bin from Divine Orders - new
7. Task clips from The Container Store - with 'Send', 'File' 'Do' and 'Read' on them
8. Bejeweled letter opener from a local gift store
9. Green basket on sale from The Container Store

I am sure you can guess what the toast rack will be used for!

This week I picked up this double pocket from Staples. It is part of the Martha Stewart - Home Office with Avery - line, in white.

About 10 days ago I pinned the fabric to the panel with nailhead trim purchased here. It comes in a long strip - 10 yards - with every fifth nailhead requiring a nail (included in the pack).

It was not too difficult to get this installed.

 I first pinned the fabric to the back panel using pushpins..

...and then began to fasten the strip to the fabric with the nails. I did not need a tool to cut the metal when I reached a corner. I just bent the strip back-and-forth until it snapped apart.

And that is my project update. So far so great!

I hope you like what you see. I am excited!

If you missed last week's post on the introduction to this project party go here.

Now it would not be a party if it were not for these other lovely ladies so please head on over and check out their wonderful projects.

1. Suzy – Saved by Suzy

2. Tiffany– Living Savvy

3. Kerry– Design du Monde

5. Cathy– Room Rx

6. Carrie– Hazardous Design

7. Sam– The Junk House

9. Jean– Flower Hill Design

10. Nancy– Powell Brower Home

11. Linda - My Crafty Home Life
If you require any help with Interior Decorating please click on the tab at the top of my page marked 'Services' or click here for further details.

I would love for you to leave a comment. Thank you for stopping by; please do check back often.


  1. Love your fabric selection, you are so "Tangerine Tango" on trend! Your accessories are darling as well, the desk area is gonna look fab!

  2. I don't think we would have been friends in school. You were the type of girl that really DID all of her homework! I want to be friends with you, NOW! This is fantastic. In fact, you don't know it, but you just e-designed MY office. I was not aware of quite a few products. Thanks for the inspiration.

  3. Love the fabric! You have some great accessories - I am sure it will be fantastic.

  4. I'm loving your color choices Lisa and your fabrics are stunning. I can't wait to see your finished desk!

    Enjoy your day!

  5. Be careful, Lisa...with a space this pretty you might not want to ever stop working! It's looking beautiful.

  6. Lisa, I LOVE it all so far, especially the orange fabric choice. Trying to show us all up, eh? Best of luck on the rest.

  7. What a fun pop of color and pattern and I never tire of nailheads in any form! Your girls may declare this their new spot for homework!

  8. I love that you are using orange! I can't wait to see this space come together!

  9. I love the orange in the fabric. I have never used that nailhead trim it looks so easy. I wonder why I have been just using the nails? Your whole collection looks marvelous.

  10. Oh I can't wait to see this project completed! I love all those fun colors together. What a great idea to cover the back with fabric and nailhead trim. That clipboard is the cutest thing I've seen! I use a silver toast rack in my computer cabinet to hold bills and other papers too. I couldn't imagine using it for toast! Ha!

  11. I love this! Can't wait to see the completed desk area, will be so much more fun, functional and interesting!

  12. Lisa, love the color combination for this space! That orange and white fabric is so cheerful, I just love it with the pops of blue in the clipboard and vase!

  13. Lisa, you really do have a very good eye for colour! As always, I will be sticking around to see the finished product!

  14. Your desk area is going to be so colorful and cheery! I love the fabric you picked and all of the accessories! I can't wait to see it all put together!

  15. Great fabric choice! I'm dying to try something with those nailhead strips. Can't wait to see this all come together!

  16. Great selection... looking forward to the reveal!

  17. I love that fabric! And I think the orange will be perfect in there. Let's see that reveal! :)

  18. Love where your going with this Lisa. That fabric is gorgeous!

  19. I think the fabric is perfect! I can't wait to see it all pulled together!

  20. This looks fun, wonder if i could possible get something going? I was going to tag you in my post today but decided you probably had too much going on with this...Have a great weekend!

  21. Love the fabric you choose. It has a fun feel to it. Cant wait to see everything you do.

  22. I LOVE the fabric choice! What a fun little spring into action project. I'm going to share the link on my facebook page so you guys can inspire us all to get some stuff done!
    Nailhead trim stripping is on my list of "wish I'd bought last time I was in the states" items. :(

  23. Lisa,

    I adore those swatches you ordered from one of my latest finds,
    Your color choice is great.
    Happy weekend.

  24. Such fun choices! I love what you have so far- your end project will rock for sure!
    xo Becca

  25. Your clipboard is gorgeous. I love fabric you chose as well. Happy organizing!

  26. Can't wait, can't wait, can't wait! Love the colors and your fabric choices. This is going to be GOOD!