Friday, September 27, 2013

S Is For....

Friday, September 27, 2013

S is for...

Meet Shannon.  Well, this isn't Shannon but Shannon didn't really want her picture taken this morning after her kickboxing class:) 
She is a friend of mine and she also happens to sell Stella and Dot jewelry, which I have a bit of a liking for.
Yes, today I"m sharing one of my secrets with you. I buy stella and dot jewelry and sometimes more than my husband would like or knows about....

This is another reason why I paint and sell furniture:) lol

Girls gotta do what a girls gotta do.  This girls loves a thrift store find but she also likes her jewels:)  ~ at affordable prices.

Like who wouldn't like this pretty little vintage inspired studs?:)

Anyways, over the last year Shannon has mentioned to me on more than one occasion how she would like to fix her office space.

This is how it looked prior.

She had mentioned that she would like a desk so she did not have to have her things all over the floor.

Which led to me finally going over one day to assess the "situation."

Her office space is located right off the front entry of her home with beautiful glass french doors but it definitely needed a little clean up:)

She had some couch cushions and furniture stacked in one corner, her sons hockey gear often on the floor as well as all her beautiful Stella stuff. 

We began to discuss her work space and what she envisioned.  During this time, I noticed she had this gorgeous antique folding table folded up along the wall with an old printer sitting on it.  I asked her what this was and she told me it was an old piece that her husband got from someone and it basically was of no use.  


There was the desk! Sitting there, waiting to be loved:)

It was the perfect piece, as she really didn't need an actual desk with drawers etc.  She needed a place to sit with her Ipad and complete some paperwork and somewhere for all those trays. 

 The table is great for this purpose, as she can open it up if needed and display all of the jewels easily.  And I love that she already owned it!

Her husband preferred to keep the table as is, so this is what we started with. 

We started discussing details and ideas, and soon after she found this chair at Home Sense.  

We then started the search on Craigslist for some kind of a hutch or buffet shelving unit. 

Shannon found this little beauty and it works great in the space.

This is an antique piece but in excellent condition and the wood tone works well with the folding table.   No paint required at this time:)  

And it provides a ton of storage for all her other office supplies etc.

Stella and Dot also carries various handbags, wallets and scarfs as well as jewelry.

Of course this room makeover was the perfect opportunity for me to start a new board on Pinterest...

I suggested a dress form for her space to display the scarfs and handbags, and she lucked out at Home Sense again!

The pillows are from Jysk, as well as the large gold standing mirror.

You might remember this little purple piece from one of my previous posts for sale:)  Shannon had purchased this a while back from me and it was kind of where the inspiration of the room began.

And of course, she needed her own monogram art for the room!  She had the perfect wall space for it and I've always wanted to make some kind of monogram art.

I told her I would make it for her, we just needed to find a frame with the right dimensions, and once again Home Sense came through!  This was a memo board, that I hand stenciled and painted out the frame black.  

I'm pretty happy with how it turned out.  I actually wish my name started with an S....

J is fine, but O is definitely not the ideal letter for a custom monogram:)
No offence to the O's out there.  I'm one of them.

Oh, and paint of course!  I almost forgot.  The space had not been painted since the home was built and they moved in.

This is what it looked like before. 

We chose a neutral light color as the furniture was dark and she had so many colorful things to display.

She had not painted before, so I offered up some of my supplies and service for a day:)

One coat down...

I think at this point Shannon was wondering why I talked her into painting the room. lol.  Painting is a bit of a daunting task and its not entirely fun.  BUT, it's very rewarding once completed!  


So, if you have a space that you think you would like to makeover but don't know where to start or think you can, you can!  Just start with one thing at a time. Clear your space out, and it will slowly come together!


If you haven't heard of Stella and Dot before, be sure to check out the link below.  You can learn more about how to order, or if you want to host a trunk show.  Its a great way to spend time with your lady friends, shopping for pretty things:)  And a bit more exciting then Tupperware? lol.

And of course, I highly recommend Shannon as shes a fantastic stylist:)

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