Sunday, September 13, 2009

Sunday Favorites

Chari at Happy to Design does this great feature- Sunday Favorites. The idea is to"bring back" an older post that you would love to see again.
It was hard to choose...even though I've only been at this for about four months, but I decided on this one. It was titltled
"I Adore Mixing Old With New" (and I do!)
I just smile every day when I see this great workspace we created ourselves and it is truly used EVERY day.

We found these wonderful old piece of ironwork at the Alameda Antique Show over a year ago before we moved from California. I decided it was going to be a desk top. I wanted to look at it alot! I just adore it! Well....the way it usually goes is this.....I create the vision of what I want and explain it to my husband. Never mind the fact that I don't always understand the structural integrity and what materials will be needed. He mounted the iron piece to a thick piece of plywood that I had finished and stained. We then created a large box to create the desktop. We trimmed out the sides with some decorative moulding and then had a thick piece of glass cut to cover the whole thing.

Now the idea for the desk base came along just a few months ago, right before our house was completed. I had this great little corner of our great room with a window that I actually added to the floor plan in the final stages. It looks right out to the front door. The chairs you see in front of the desk are the kid's almost indestructible leather chairs (from Target) where they watch tv and play games.'s the perfect place to sit with my laptop with great light and be with the family.

I didn't want anything that would be too bulky for the base.....Those of you that know me well know that one of my very favorite guilty pleasures is looking at decorating magazines and catalogs. The sawhorse idea came from one of those. These sawhorses were made by my husband from a regular old sawhorse kit from Home Depot. My wonderful friend Diane helped me paint them in Benjamin Moore vVailla Ice Cream (matches my baseboards).

I'm just so happy with the way it turned out and wanted to share it with you. Is ther anything better than finding a beautiful old vintage piece of history and incorporating into our modern life? Gotta love that!


  1. Fabulous home and great ideas. I have many ideas but never seem to get them accomplished. Your comments and observations have been making me think. I love older items, perhaps it links to a more conservative time when things were "pretty" and not so high tech and junky. Keep up with your posting and show us how to get this done. I envy your creativity.

    Did you design the double doors or find them ready made?


  2. Hi Cori...

    My friend, I'm so happy to have you join in with the fun of Sunday Favorites today...welcome!!! I do hope that you'll participate with SF again!

    I just love this post that you chose to rerun for Sunday Favorites....what a fabulous desk!!! I really love the beautiful old ornate metal work...and you've found a way to display it beautifully...what a great idea! I mean, how much more inspirational can you get...looking at that beautiful piece! Your honey really did a nice job building the box frame for the the pretty carved detailing in the wood! Beautiful work station, my friend!!!

    Just wanted to let you know that I've been reading the sweet notes that you've been leaving over at my place...thank you so much for coming by for a visit! Also just wanted to take this time to thank you for adding Happy To Design to your list of blog follows...I'm just thrilled!!! I've visited several of your posts as have a delightful blog! You have a fabulous home and I love your style! Love your post with all the awesome numbers and pretty! Anyway, just wanted to let you know that I added your blog to my list of blog follows as well. I'm looking forward to getting to know very nice to meet you, Cori!!!

    Warmest wishes,

  3. Your desk looks amazing. I love it. Thanks for sharing.


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