Sunday, February 15, 2009

Office: Desk Reveal!

Last week I blogged about the ugly table I'm using for my office desk. I made lofty plans to cover it with fabric and glass, thanks to a suggestion from Joni at Cote de Texas.

I'm sorry to disappoint, but I didn't do as fancy a treatment as I'd planned. I decided it didn't make sense to bring the fabric across the front. As some of you mentioned, it wouldn't look very nice with the chair pushed in. And also, it would require a center pleat for sitting.

That was enough to discourage me. I wanted something simple that didn't cost a small fortune. My tailor is a posh dressmaker and could make anything, but I really didn't want the cost of fancy pleats. So I got her to do a simple hem (after she serged it). I love the way it looks but think I might bring the near-end all the way to the floor.

I bought 3m of plain linen for half price (about $35 total), did my measurements and took it to the tailor (who charged $20). I got glass cut the same day for $108. I did not get a bevelled edge (which cost $50 more). It is simply sanded round at the edge.
Biscuit really enjoys the fabric and likes to hide behind it.
I decided not to iron the linen. The tailor gave it a quick press, but I prefer the wrinkles!

I was so excited to get it all together but was shocked to find that my mouse doesn't work on glass! It needs a mouse pad now.

Here's the other side of the room:

I haven't decided what to do here. We sorely need some office storage but don't want to spend any new money! The table is great for holding things and for projects, but I hate the clutter that accumulates there and really need some file storage. Please ignore my ugly black shredder under the table (I should have moved it for the photo - bad stylist that I am!)
So I'm thinking of putting a chaise here and perhaps a tall cabinet near the window for storage. For now, it suffices and I've styled it with recycled art. I love this pheasant print by wildlife artist M.G.Loates which I bought it at a church auction for $10 (and will eventually re-frame).
The basket is for electronic stuff like iPods, cords, chargers, and cameras (I put a soft cloth at the bottom).

I still have to install curtains and some shelves over the desk. I toured Home Depot yesterday but they had a terrible selection of shelves (actually plenty of shelves but very ugly brackets), so I will check Ikea. More soon...!


  1. It looks great! Easy done and sweet looking.
    And I love the old table on the other side of the room. Are you planning to paint it?
    I will send you a email later this week.
    See you!

  2. It does look better, Terri. A lot better and I don't blame you for not going with the pleats. Our number one complaint about the long tablecloth on the table is that the chairs don't push in properly. Interesting that the mouse won't work...I do want to see what you select for a mousepad!

    One other thing about reading what you're doing in your home office is that you've taken the time to identify the problem. I am going to try this very straightforward approach this afternoon and see what I come up with. I have so many complaints about my office space; it needs help stat.

  3. I don't think you disappointed at all. I actually love the simplicity of the fabric, and then the glass gives it polish. Very well done!

    P.S. Cute cat.

  4. Anonymous5:32 pm

    Your desk looks great. I really like your blog. Stop by sometime.


  5. I like it very much...for the shelves you might want to consider just going to a lumber yard (a nice one with a good selection of lovely wood), getting them cut (you can sand and stain yourself) and just mounting them with L-brackets on the wall?

  6. Wow! I think it looks great - and what a good compromise!!!! I'm so happy for you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! All you need is a mouse pad and you're ready to blog, hehe. Great job.

  7. I love it when budget and style meet so successfully. Great job. Also totally loving your desk lamp.

  8. Hi Terri!

    Hehe, I can't keep up with all your posts! :) Anyway, I absolutely LOVE the pic from the OKA shop!!! The curtains, the bed etc, absolutely lovely! And the white and red rug in the pic below, oh wow :) Wish I had one like it!

    As for the mirror, I like the mirror, I'm just not sure which color would be best. I've always had this thing for white I guess but it depends where you are going to have it and what colors you have there I guess :)

    I really like the cloth and the glass on top of it, what a great idea :) Looks really nice!

    And Biscuit is so cute :)

    No worries, those were just thoughts, I hope things work out either way :)

    Have a great week!

    Hugs, Susanne

  9. I love how it looks! And, check it out, you made it front page on Joni's blog - she has a link to you!

    You are lucky to have a nice office, I dream of having an office/art studio some day.

  10. it looks great!!! I love the slightly wrinkled look of the linen too. beautiful solution!!!

    ok- and you've probably though of this but just in case you haven't, I was thinking about how you said you were in need of pretty, inexpensive storage-- A few years ago, I saved a bunch of shoe boxes & painted them all to match & you could do the same and/ or cover them in fabric???

    just a thought!

  11. So simple and such a great solution! Love the natural linen you used!

  12. Very cute office. I love it.
    Stay chic!

  13. hi there, love the office table, but must say that that brownish wooden office table is gorgeous.... btw, I also love that chair next to your desk, with the pillow on it, very stylish Ms Terri!

  14. I just found your blog though Lauren over at Pure Style Home and I'm so glad I did! I went back through and saw your office transformation and it looks amazing! I love what you did with all the furniture, and your desk looks stunning! I love love love it, and I cant wait to go back and read the rest of your blog

  15. Very nice. I admit, I'm partial to wrinkles in linen. I think there's just something elegant about it! Your new office is inspiring!

  16. Inspiring uncluttered space, love your pussy cat too.

  17. Looks great! This is one of those photos I found on the web that eventually led me to your blog :) I was wondering - could you use a large hardback book instead of a mouse pad? Something that has some texture or a cloth-like cover? I suppose this is a rather old post, you've probably already solved this issue!

    ~Jacci in Ohio