Wednesday, August 11, 2010

~where I blog from~

Happy Wednesday!
This is the story of a small project that turned into a bigger one.

We had roads closed yesterday so I either had the option to stay home or be out all day.
I decided to stay home and get some loose ends tied up.
I took everything off the kitchen walls and spackled all the holes.
Then I got ready to re-paint.
I was going to use the same color but when I went to get it I realized I was out.
I couldn't leave so I used what I had
~Roadster white by Ralph Lauren.~
It's a pretty soft cream.

With a freshly painted kitchen I decided to update my little office nook.
I recently bought some old wood moulding at a flea market and I made it into this frame.
It's big measuring approx. 2'x3'
I then got one of my favorite pictures out of my son when he was 3 and had it enlarged.

The piece of wood on top of the picture is a piece of really old French moulding.
The detail is amazing. I paid just $5 for it at a garage sale!
I left the old nails in it because I think it adds to it's character and charm.


The skinny door on the right I purchased at an antique store for $12.
I was originally going to turn it into a chalkboard, but I think now I will just hang a pretty little calendar from it.


The desk is from Pottery Barn.
It really works well.
It has 3 drawers, the bottom being a file cabinet.

I snipped some blooms from our gardens and
placed them in a container I already had.
The "books" are actually boxes that I keep bills in.

Here is a little close up of the fabulous old mouldings.
I love the detail and I love how there is only a hint of paint left on both pieces.

There you have it!
This is where I blog from!
Have a great day friends!
xoxo

45 comments:

Alecia said...

Beautiful...you're so talented. I don't know how you do it...gardening, carpentry, paiting, decorating...what else do you have up your sleeve of tricks?!?!

Alabaster Rose Designs said...

Hi Melaine,
What a beautiful space! I love the photo of your son, it is such a great momento! I love photos of my kids like this around the house and they love seeing themselves. I also just have to tell you that you and your husband did a fabulous job on your daughters room, it is just gorgeous!!
Have a great day.
Sincerely,
Melinda

My Plate is Full said...

So lovely and creative.

paisley penguin said...

Great little nook!

I had seen a great idea on aa design show to take old books and make them in to a wall hanging storage.

When I get around to it I had planned to put my bill paying stuff in a hollowed out old book instead of the bright blue plastic coupon organizer I keep it in now.

Laurie said...

It looks great! I love the french molding and your sons photo. Fabulous!!!

♥Amber Filkins♥ said...

Beautiful!

the 30 girl said...

Lovely and inspiring! Thanks for sharing!

Katy said...

Great little nook, you DID get a lot done in one little day. It seems lately that my days are VERY long and I don't get much done at all. Looks nice! Love all the white, the old and the new.

Reinspire said...

Love it! Can't go wrong with a creamy white! Love the photo of your son and your wood trims. Also that white door is adorable! Looks like a space that functions well and is a happy place to be while paying the bills!
Lisa

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Darcie said...

LOVE the old moulding! I just love to imagine what it's been through! Great attention to detail! :) LOVE your blog!

Aimee @ Life As An Oakes said...

Wow, you've sure got an eye for great pieces. In the past I would have looked right past an "old piece of wood" but after reading great home decor blogs like yours, I'm learning to see the potential in everything! Thanks for a great blog. I enjoy it everyday :)

Ashley @ The Hillside Home said...

What a beautiful space. Love the idea of making frames out of old molding. That is a great picture of your son! :)

Samantha2818 said...

Just gorgeous. You've certainly inspired me to tidy up and try to beautify my study area. The frame you made is lovely - just the right thing to hold such a lovely photo of your son.
~Sam

Daydream Living said...

Hi Melaine,

I love what you did with that piece of wood above your son's lovely picture. Fab post again! Hope to see you at my side of Blog land soon. Have a good day,

Maureen
Daydream Living

Lynda @ Happenstance Home said...

Your desk area looks so nice. I really like your molding and the frame you made. You find so many unique items full of character! Great books too!

April @ The Painted Cupboard said...

Hey, I have a couple of questions for you...I was viewing you smaller bathroom over at Rate My Space and I was wondering if you could tell me where you purchased your beadboard? I really like the width of the planks as well as the grooves. Also, what type of glaze and did you use and did you also paint the baseboard and door to match or leave them white? Thanks

Simply LKJ said...

Girl, you are busy! I don't now how you get so much accomplished in such a short time. It's beautiful. I have a huge to do list, but right now I am doing everyone else's to do list!!

NanaDiana said...

Lovely! It has a fresh and clean feel to it. Love the photo of your son-what a great joy it must be to look at that every time you sit down to work. Diana

Looking Glass said...

Thanks for this post! I love to see other peoples little office nooks as mine is undergoing a re-do at the moment too!

~ Clare x

gina3 said...

What a sweet little nook to blog from! Wonderful details and very creative. I'm loving it.

Laura said...

Wow, you get a lot done in a day... A project like that would take me forever! When do you rest?

Donna said...

just when i think that you are super woman you turn into super duper super woman! love it. now get on over to michigan and start on my house :) looks great. also the pic of cody is so adorable.

Simply A Farmer's Wife said...

Absolutely gorgeous, Mel! You never cease to amaze me. I painted our bathroom Roadster White and the majority of our house Oatmeal. You have inspired me so much..... Now if I could just get my husband to let me buy the IKEA sectional and build me a fireplace like yours. ;)

Ms. Bake-it said...

Hello Melaine,

What a beautiful space you have created for yourself! I love the photo of your son and the french molding.

Thanks for sharing!

~ Tracy

Amanda said...

wait a minute... you repainted your whole kitchen in one day!?!?! or (just) your computer nook? either way... man you amaze me!

Rosanne said...

My friends and I had a craft day not long ago and we made calendars out of an small cabinet door. They came out cute and the possibilities are endless...I can send you a picture of mime if your interested. Love your little office nook!

Tammy said...

Very Nice! Love the large picture...very cute! Wish my desk was that clean!
Have a great day!
Tammy :-)
http://junkwildnc.blogspot.com

Lindy said...

What at sweet little inspirational spot -- so bright and fresh looking!

L.

Allison said...

Looks beautiful, Melanie! You are so talented and so organized. Love the frame you made and your adorable son's photo! That's a great little nook you have to pay bills, blog, etc. You are an inspiration!

paige said...

beautiful!!
& you painted your kitchen in a day AND spruced up that great desk area AND you probably whipped up some incredible meal for dinner too, after you put in your 10krun
right?
you are a total rockstar

oh yeah,i was talkign about your savannah's room redo at dinner last night. just before bed my little one came in while i was on the computer and said " hey mama, i want to see the brown & white savannah's room" . she gave you a huge "wow"!!

Mrs.B said...

I love this space!

Dawn said...

Such an inspiration. I can't wait to get started on my office.

Sunny said...

Please, please, please give more information on the book boxes. Did you make them? Did you buy them? If so, would you tell me where?

Robin @ A Bird Loves Her Nest said...

Beautiful work...looking at your rooms having given me so much inspiration to take the plunge and start re-doing my own home

Heaven's Walk - said...

Ok, Melaine....you put me to shame. I can't believe you got all that done in one day, girl! Kudos to you! What a sweet place to create and to write and stretch your imagination. You continue to inspire me! :)

xoxo laurie@heavens-walk

LuLu said...

Love all the details, beautiful spot to blog from,
xo,
LuLu

Jody said...

I love it! Its amazing what you can carve out for yourself in such a small space. Its really a relaxing spot!

Rozmeen said...

What a great place to blog from!

xxx Rozmeen

Musings From A French Cottage said...

I love this look! I have that very same skinny door. Mine was an old chimney door purchased at a yard sale and I turned it into a chalkboard. Love the frame you made. Your blog is beautiful!

God Bless,
Kathleen

Erin said...

soooo beautiful and perfect! I could spend all day in that corner! ;o)

Gilda said...

Sorry but I do not speak English well. Congratulations on the blog, I found some beautiful pictures.Goodbye Gilda

Room Service ~ Decorating 101 said...

It looks great! You have the magic!

Geneva said...

Lovely workspace! Very inspirational.

JENNY K. said...

What a beautiful space! That frame is swoon worthy!

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