Tag Archives: Overstock

Progress Report on the Hallway Update

Remember my “New Years Prezzie-lution“?  Well, since the beginning of the year, it’s been moving in fits and starts.

Here is a before shot of the space:

And I added the pelmet box after the above shot was taken:

So, I began with the console (post here) to set along the long, empty wall in the hallway (took 2 months and multiple back-order notices, but it’s here!):

Next, I replaced those awful builder’s grade fixtures with these pretties (post here):

And throughout, I have been busily hanging photos, mirrors and art — all with black frames:

{Photo from Pottery Barn}

So, things are finally coming together, and I only have two more purchases before the BIG REVEAL — lamps and rug!  I am working on my lamps now.  I was originally going to go with something like these:

The green would pick up the colors in my stairway runner and my pelmet box in the dormer window.  But now, I am thinking that I want to move away from the colorful and more towards the vintage/eclectic!  These are my two favorites at the moment:

{Vintage Artichoke Table Lamp, Shades of Light, $175}

I would pair this one with a black shade:

{Liger Lamp, Urban Outfitters, $48}

Although the price is right on the Liger Lamp, and LBH it’s so damn adorable, I think it may be a little too small for the space.  The artichoke lamps would be more to scale, so I am leaning towards those.

What do you think???  Stay tuned!

Mini-Update on Hallway Facelift

I just purchased two of these flush-mount ceiling lights from Overstock to replace our crappo, builder-grade, shiny-gold disasters in the hallway (previous posts on the hallway update here and here). 

I can’t wait for the console to come in, so that I can officially pick the lamps.  It’s hard to envision the appropriate height of the lamps when the console is not yet in the space.  

I keep forgetting to take “before” pictures.  I will try to post some in the next few days.  Check out the updated inspiration board!

Home Office “Make-under”

Thanks to the snowstorm, I finished my home office make-under.  Let me explain.  When we moved into our current house 3 1/2 years ago, my office was in a great room with lots of natural light.  The room is off our front hall and does not have a close-able door.  So, when baby spark! came along and we decided to have a part-time nanny, I moved my office upstairs in the corner of our large rectangular master bedroom.  Needless to say, I have a much smaller home office than I used to!

So, this “make-under” has been going on since November of 2007!  First, I bought a corner desk because my traditional desk looked very misplaced in the corner of the bedroom.  Then, I got stuck.  (This is why people hire decorators — to get you unstuck and push you along so that an easy project does not take 2 years!)  I also like referring to is as a make-under because I didn’t spend much to transform the space.

Here is the before:

And taaaaaaaaaaa-daaaaaaaaah, here is the after:

Here is the run-down:

The lamps are the same, and I purchased them from a Target in Bluffton, South Carolina years ago.

I replaced my cute repainted and recovered (but way uncomfortable ) wooden chair, with the comfy white leather office chair from Overstock.

I painted the two boring baskets on the desk and under the printer using white Rustoleum from Lowes.

I got the silver bordered white frames for $4 each from Target.  The new white pen holder is also from Target.

The shelves were quite a find — the West Elm in Richmond is closing (sniffle) and I stumbled upon an amazing sale.  The shelves were 50% off, and then I got an additional 15% off of the total (paid $25 for 2 shelves!).

My beloved doggie book ends are Jonathan Adler for Barnes & Noble.  The silver Jefferson cups were given in college and law school as honors and gifts (I think it is a Virginia thing?), and I use them to hold my paper clips, rubber bands and push pins.

I covered my reference books in brown paper bags!  Remember back in high school and middle school when you were required to cover your books?  I like the cleaner look, and it’s kind of mysterious, no?  🙂

And finally, I have always wanted my very own inspiration board.  My mom brought me this white bulletin board from her house and I found some fun colorful push pins at, where else?, Target!

I would love to replace my blotter and mousepad, so I will keep looking.  Also, I would love to have a white monitor, keyboard, and printer, but work sends them to me (fo’ free!), so I can’t really complain, right?

Here is another look:

Buy This, Not That — Home Office Edition!

Welcome to the 6th Edition of Buy This, Not That!  I am re-accessorizing my home office with a new chair, shelves and an inspiration board or two, and found some really great stuff out there for your bill-paying, thank-you-note-writing, internet-surfing haven.  Enjoy!

LOVE THIS?

wshdesk 

[Mason Glass Top Desk, Williams Sonoma Home, $1,250 + $160 shipping = $1,410]

BUY THIS!

wedesk 

[Sawhorse Work Table, West Elm, $449]

OR THIS!

ikeadesk

[Vika Table, Ikea, $109.99]

LOVE THIS?

 

StudioOfficeChair

[Studio Office Chair, CB2, $189.99]

BUY THIS!

tcschair

[Bungee Office Chair, The Container Store, $139]

LOVE THIS WASTEBASKET?

wewate

[Iron Wire Wastebasket, West Elm,  $29]

BUY THIS!

cswaste 

[Masai Wire Wastebasket, Container Store, $12.99]

LOVE THIS?

rhbookends

[Eiffel Tower Bookends, Restoration Hardware, $69.99]

BUY THIS!

ballardbookend

[Eiffel Tower Doorstop & Bookend, Ballard Designs, $14.99 each]

LOVE THIS DESK?

weparsons 

[Parsons Desk with Drawers, West Elm, $329.99 (comes in white too)]

BUY THIS!

overstockdesk

[Student Desk, Overstock, $149.99]

LOVE THIS TALL BOOKCASE?

webookcase

[Rolling Storage, West Elm, $599]

BUY THIS!

ikeabookcase

[Expedit Bookcase, Ikea, $159]

LOVE THIS?

horchowboard

[Personalized Magnetic Bulletin Board, Horchow, $65]

BUY THIS!

TCSboard

[Brocade Magnetic Bulletin Board, Container Store, $39.99]

Happy Bargain Hunting!