We copied the paint color from the model home. It's a pretty dark brown but seeing it done in the model beforehand helped make our decision.
I looked for office furniture on Cragslist non-stop but most of what I saw was dark wood and I wanted something to pop off the brown walls. Finally, I found a 3 piece set from the "Shore Collection" designed by Christopher Lowell for Office Depot. It's small scale, antique whtie, distressed finish with cherry accents were exactly what I was looking for. Everything but the price! I added it to my favorites and kept checking Craigslist every few days. Finally, they lowered the price by $200. Good, but still too high. After all, this is Office Depot not Ethan Allen! I decided it wouldn't hurt to email an offer and see what happens. I offered $200 less than the reduced price. The sellers were getting ready for a new baby and no one else had shown interest, so they accepted my offer!
It came with a file cabinet with legal size drawers so I was able to organize all our household records.
This is my favorite piece, where I have some storage and a chance to "merchandise"( I had to use a Christopher Lowell word!).
Since there is only one narrow window, I didn't want to block any light. I decided to make a drapery panel and hang it off to one side. I found the perfect fabric at Hancock and used my bottle of glue to turn it into a drape.
The furniture has some really nice touches like bun feet, and bead board backing and decorative molding on the hutch.
Of course my desk is full of practical items like a phone, desktop computer, printer and calculator but I have some favorite photos also. I wanted to hide the cords from the monitor so I added some decorative items.
Here are some of my favorite things in the room.
I hope you enjoyed seeing my favorite room in the house. I apologize for not having a "full room" picture but it's a difficult room to photograph. I am looking forward to seeing what the other bloggers have done this week. Make sure to stop by my sister's blog Creating Wonderful Spaces and see what she transformed this week. It's a good one. Please leave me a comment or become a follower!
I am linking up to the House Party at Thrifty Decor Chick, too.
And Saturday Night Special Full Rooms at Funky Junk Interiors