Thrift-a-licious and an Office in Progress


How are you?  I hope you had a great weekend, and are ready to hit the ground running this week.  That’s my goal.  I have to confess, Me + A Rainy Sunday = Nap.  It was glorious.  This week is shaping up to be pretty good in the weather department, so I’m hoping that equates to more productivity.

Don’t get me wrong, I have been working on things around here.  Just lots of loose ends that aren’t tied up just yet.  Here is one thing I’ve started working on though, that I’m sure you’ll appreciate.  A $20 garage sale find.  Oh the thrill of the find!!

Great curves, yes?

It’s kind of hard to tell from the pictures, but it’s currently a light pink color.

And some great details too.  I’m going to get her all gussied up for use in my daughter’s bedroom.

I’m also working on my husband’s office, and have been hoarding fabric swatches in search for inspiration.  When I asked him what he wanted, he said, “Surprise me.”  I know he would like some gray tones in there, so I’m heeding that direction.  Here is what I’ve come up with so far:

I’m so smitten with the orange and gray paisley!  I’m on the hunt for the perfect gray for the walls, thus the vast quantity of paint chips (and those are the ones that are part of the “narrowed down” group).

To give you a reminder of my husband’s office space, here it is when we moved in:

I have removed all of the wallpaper (which is actually only on two walls), but the walls are a MESS underneath, so I’m doing a ton of patching.  I’m anxious to get to the fun stuff. 

As you can see, we have two great window seats in this space, and I’m wanting to get those recovered.  Not sure which fabric I’ll use for that yet, although the orange fabric would be great in terms of durability.  I’m bound an determined to use that fabric somewhere in this office.  I have my eyes peeled for a pair some thrifty chairs that I could incorporate into the space.  We’ll see.   And I need a rug in there.  A mood board for this space is definitely in order!

What do you think?  Is the orange fabric too daring?  What are you working on?


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    Cassie @ Primitive & Proper
    April 29, 2013 at 4:22 pm

    love the inspiration for the office- great colors!
    and that desk is sweet! can't wait to see what you do!

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    April 29, 2013 at 4:50 pm

    YES, do the orange! After all, isn't orange the new black!

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      April 30, 2013 at 2:32 am

      Jackie, I like the way you think. 😉

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    Lisa @ Shine Your Light
    April 29, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    I love the color combination. Definitely that pop of orange somewhere….maybe pillows on the window seat? Very masculine palette, and the room has such lovely bones to begin with. Can't wait to see your progress!

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      April 30, 2013 at 2:34 am

      Thanks Lisa! I have a lot of possibilities floating through my head right now. Definitely going to incorporate that orange somewhere!!

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    April 29, 2013 at 8:30 pm

    I just used Valspar's Gull in my son's room and to me it's a perfect light gray! It doesn't pull any crazy undertones(despite being painted over yellow) and it is a really nice color!

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      April 30, 2013 at 2:31 am

      I will have to check it out (or perhaps I have it amid all of my swatches!). Grays can be so tricky!!

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    April 29, 2013 at 9:13 pm

    Definatly the orange on the window seats! I am in the middle of a project using that same fabric in purple. I am making a pair of twin beds into studio couches. Based on the location I recognize from photos in a past post I'm guessing you'll be trying out some Annie Sloan chalk paint on that desk?

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      April 30, 2013 at 2:33 am

      Your project sounds so daunting and intriguing! Debating on my desk makeover – but I have ideas in mind!!

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    April 29, 2013 at 11:21 pm

    Could you please share where you found that beautiful orange and gray paisley fabric? I'm in love with it! Can't wait to see how the room turns out. And that desk definitely has great bones.

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      April 30, 2013 at 2:16 am

      I picked up the sample at a local fabric store here called The Fabric Shack. I will see if I can find more details on it when I go back in for more. 🙂

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    May 3, 2013 at 6:31 pm

    I love the ideas you have in mind for your husband's office. Your fabric samples are gorgeous.

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