Thursday, April 19, 2012

Spring Into Action - Week 3 - My Desk Reveal

Today is the third and final week of the Spring Into Action project party and I get to share my desk area, as complete as it is thus far.

My goal was to get it organized and to lighten and brighten it. I was so excited with my various finds while also using what I already owned. Here is a glimpse.

These were the pieces I decided to incorporate. The clipboard being the piece with all the color inspiration I thought I would use.


Some more pictures of the space.


(Warning - you will see wires below the desk. I did not attempt to hide them for the purpose of taking pictures this time. We have been having some internet/phone issues so these have been left accessible for the time being).


The details...

Nailhead trim strip on Premier Prints Traditions in Natural/Sweet Potato fabric (from along entire back panel.

File pockets by Martha Stewart from Staples...for household and work papers on the left,


and for the kids' school paperwork on the right. I also found a smaller pocket for the school directory so that it is accessible and there is a home for it.

Accessories which are functional and add color and/or pattern...

The gift store clipboard.


Vintage Etsy toast rack now a letter holder.


Flower vase from Goodwill now a pencil holder.


Floral bowl from Goodwill used to hold Post-Its.


I added some white mini roses in a silver jug from an old tea set I own.

Glass heart-shaped paperweight, one of a set of 3 from One Kings Lane bought a while ago.


In the hutch above the desk, decorating and design books, organized by color, and a basket to hold incoming mail. I used sample fabric I had on hand - which coincidentally coordinates with the colors being used in the space - as a backdrop for labels.

Filing cabinet and hutch on the side of the desk holds cards in a basket and magazine holders for subscriptions and catalogs. A bill sorter and a decorative plate made for me for Mother's Day a few years ago.


Vintage Hollywood Regency waste bin from Etsy below desk.





I hope you like this space as much as I am loving it. My desk is more certainly organized and so much more cheerful now. On a different day I will share the rest of the space - behind the doors of the hutch and the drawers below the desk.

If you would like to read the two previous posts on this party click on the links below;

My work for this room is not complete. I have yet to share the other side of the study with you. It is another project and has a very special piece of furniture. Another time.

Do stop by these other lovely blogs to check in on their reveals for this fun Spring Into Action party.

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

Thank you, Linda, for coming up with the idea to motivate each other through these past few weeks. It might have taken me longer.
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  1. it looks so pretty and organized! i love it! love the colors- what a cheerful desk.

  2. The orange and turquoise are really lovely cheerful additions to your workspace. It is all so nicely organized and pretty at the same time.

  3. Wow, Lisa! What a transfomation, your fabric makes such a pretty statement! I love the colors you chose and your fun thrifting finds make for stylish organizing! Great job!

  4. Lisa, I love how it all came together! That orange and white fabric with the nailhead trim really makes it!! So pulled together and cheerful; hope you enjoy it!

  5. You did such a great job, Lisa. I can't wait to see the other side of the room and a special piece of furniture? The colors you chose are happy and fun. Do you like the Martha organizing things? I have never seen them in person. I also have a wood desk, but mine is so scratched. Will you be putting down a pad for everyday? Love it...all of it.

  6. Lisa it must make you so happy to sit and work in such a bright and organized space! I love the colors and all of the details that went into transforming your work area, it's delightful and well done!

  7. I love how it turned out! You can't beat cheery and organized!

  8. I really like how the file pockets keep all the papers off the desktop. You've done a great job, Lisa!

  9. Simply beautiful! What a transformation from before. Great decorating doesn't have to be painful to the wallet. If you have an eye for detail and a love of bargain hunting, there are many beautiful and useful objects waiting to be found.

  10. Nice job Lisa! My favorite is the fabric and nailhead trim. It looks great with your accessories. What a nice, organized space in which to work.

  11. I looks great! I love the pop of orange and the great print! Well done Lisa!

  12. Wow! What a brighter, more colorful, more fun space to work! Your bookshelf styling looks fantastic and I think that little clipboard is my favorite accessory.

  13. Looks beautiful! So bright and cheerful...and organized!

  14. I'd be very happy doing work here and this makes me want to get a move on our office area in our basement. Great work Lisa it looks great - enjoy your pretty organized space!

  15. This looks great Lisa! What a perfect office space. I love the use of the orange and blues together!
    xo Becca

  16. This is awesome! Makes me want to hang some fabric and outline it in nailhead trim. Bet you won't mind doing work in your office now :)

  17. The fabric looks awesome and I love the detail of the nailheads! What a happy space to work in!

  18. Love the colors and fabric you chose. Very beautifully done :)

  19. As ever, your colours choices are flawless! I also really love the arrangement of books above your desk, it looks like the perfect place for productivity! I feel motivated to go home and have a tidy up!

  20. Wow, your office looks amazing! Hey! Just wanted to tell you I have awarded you The Leibster Award so if you aren't familiar click over to my blog and find out what you have to do to accept!!! Congrats!!!

  21. Wow- I love this transformation! I love the fabric above the desk and all of the fun accessories. Great job! It looks like a very inspiring work space. :) Happy weekend!

  22. so lovely!! I bet it makes working there even more fun! I love the fabric!!!

  23. I'm lovin' your vibrant color scheme and that fabric is awesome!

  24. You must be so happy with the way this all turned out! It is so happy, cheerful and stylish. I love the vintage letter holder!

  25. It's SO organized! And I love that fabric on the back. It completely transforms the whole desk! You did a great job with all the accessories too! So pretty!

  26. I really love it! I love your bright colors against the dark wood of your desk area. That tangerine color with the aqua looks wonderful together. I like how you labeled your baskets to keep everything organized too. Thanks for the wonderful inpiration. I think my favorite is the fabric background you installed.

  27. It looks beautiful! Love the fabric you used! And all the little accessories add so much and make it so personal!

  28. This came out so awesome Lisa! I love so many of the details...that vintage toast holder turned mail sorter is perfect. I love the repurpose of some really pretty things that are now super functional. And the pops of orange are fun and inspiring. Love it!!