Monday, July 2, 2012

Office Redo

The thing I like best about summer vacation ( besides not getting up at 5:30 am) is the time for tearing into projects. Here's some before and afters of my home office:



Pretty bland, huh? 
I darkened up the walls a little with Valspar Frappe.

I lived with sub flooring( yes, I ripped up the carpet) for a few months until I could get Pergo type flooring put in. I should have gotten a photo of that.   NOT

I didn't realize what a difference the curtains would make. So much warmer!

Country Curtains made these, as I couldn't find any black  buffalo check fabric anywhere.                             ( I didn't look too hard)

This  shelf is a leftover of Daughter #1 bedroom. We put it up when we moved in. Plant hanger brackets painted white and a narrow shelf. It is really good for knick knacks without taking up any room space. She had it filled with little china figurines and stuffed animals.

I have little china dogs, photos, and some of MY toys. (they are antiques now, boo hoo!)

My globe is a thrift store find, all metal, one dollar!

I love Raggedy Ann dolls, but have really pared down my collection and only kept a few.

My constant companions in the office are  Oscar the wiennie dog 

 and Oliver, my little Parrot. Oliver is blogging friends with Kiwi and Pearl Angel over at
 2 Birdies and a B.

Plastic sheeting is a necessary evil behind Oliver's cage, as the more he likes his food, the more he slings it.           ( Think fresh strawberries or blueberries on the walls)

A new table for his cage was a Walmart put together. I did it too! Took me two hours ( A to B, B to Q?)

Underneath the table is a little slotted box I picked up at a garage sale. I added playing cards, poker chips, the old viewmaster and discs for it.

I still need something for this area above the chair, I have some ideas.

I tore into the closet too. It is 
 full of tablescape stuff. Tablecloths, napkins in the plastic boxes, and extra table top stuff that won't fit in the hutch or pantry.

I am joining Susan at

for Metamorphosis Monday,

 Kim at Savvy Southern Style for

at No Minimalist Here


Barbara F. said...

Love-love-love this post, Pat! Kiwi and Pearlie said to give kisses to Oliver. I love the checked curtains. You've been quite busy. xo

Marilyn said...

I love the way you hang your tablecloths! I must clean out some stuff so I can do the same thing. I guess I'm just waiting for some cool mornings or ambition. Your office looks great!♥♫

Babs said...

My, you have been busy. Great job on the office and I love the buffalo curtains. I've been wanting some for my kitchen/breakfast area. Love your vintage toys and a whole closet for your tablescape things.

Sharon @ mrshinesclass said...

Buffalo Check is one of my favorite patterns. I've long admired the brown curtain panels in Ballard's catalogs. Your resourcefulness paid off!

Sharon @ mrs. hines class

mishebe said...

Love the drapes!

Laura said...

Looks great! Can't wait to see it in person!

The French Hutch said...

Fabulous post! I love the new office and I think it looks terrific. The floor was worth the wait and the black and white check curtains are perfect. I love your little Oliver, I know Miss Pear too. Hope you are enjoying the Fourth.

The French Hutch

Janette - The2Seasons said...

As soon as I saw those gingham curtains, I had to stop and read your blog. They make a huge difference in your space. Love them!!!

chateau chic said...

You've made your office into such a nice work place. I love Country Curtains and have ordered from them every place we've lived.
I'm delighted to be a new follower and hope you'll stop by, Mary Alice

Pattie @ Olla-Podrida said...

I enjoyed the view into your office. I particularly liked the draperies. I am working on my office at the moment and am "curtainless" at present. I'm in a new house, so there is a lot to do, but since I spend a good bit of time in my office I want it to look nice. I was thinking about a solid fabric, but I really like your plaid.