Monday, March 28, 2011

New Look for the Old Secretary.

 A couple of weeks ago, Donna@ Designs on 47th Street, shared photos of her beautiful new secretary.

When I posted My Entry for Spring, she asked about my secretary that she'd seen in this photo.

I was embarassed to show it to anyone because it was a catch all of little, unrelated "treasures".

Well, then I had to do something. I couldn't show it the way it was, so I started shopping the house for anything that would work.
I found my box of sea shells and started playing.

I wrapped the dark, little books in white paper and tied them with twine.

An old piece of coral went on a round stand.

I filled a flower pot with several large shells.

Recognize the woven glass holders? I added those for texture and inserted a silver julep cup for a tiny bit of sparkle.

Two small transferware plates, a bird figure, starfish, sea biscuits, sand dollars and a lidded dish, and it was finished.
All were things I had, so the new look was "free".

                                                               Ta Da!

My favorite little Staffordshire dog and Waterford clock are always on the desk.

I added a mother of pearl frame and a lamp for reading.
Hope you like the new look. Thanks for stopping by.

I'll be joining Marty@AStrollThruLife for Tabletop Tuesday
                                              and Kim@SavvySouthernStyle for Wow Us Wednesday.

See y'all there.


Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Such a gorgeous piece and I love your vignette. It is stunning with all the sea related items. Beautiful. Hugs, Marty

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

How pretty, Babs! Everything looks so light and fresh! I love it! Hope you are having a good week! Stay dry!...hugs...Debbie

Sarah said...

It looks great, Babs. The white touches offer a fresh bright contrast to the dark wood of your gorgeous secretary. I've always wanted a secretary for our home, but have never found one to fit a space.
Still looking. LOL Enjoy your week!
~ Sarah

Ann from On Sutton Place said...

Oh I love the new look. And the Staffordshire dog is a beauty. I don't own one but I've been looking on eBay and would love to get one someday. Great job on this re-do! I'll be back soon for another visit. Love your new header! ~Ann

Nancy's Notes said...

Oh Babs, what a sensational secretary! I love the updated and new look, it's truly awesome! Isn't it fun changing things up?

Have a great day!


On Crooked Creek said...

WoW! Amazing how the white accessories are accented by the warm hue of the wood tone in your secretary! I adore the white theme combined with the brown transfer ware. Shopping all from home...I'd say you're one thrifty lady! Thank you for sharing your grand secretary with us!

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

I love your new look in the gorgeous secretary. Your dogs and transferware stole my heart.
hugs ~lynne~

An Oasis in the Desert said...

Your secretary is just beautiful, & I love the vignettes. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I'm a new follower & hope you might stop back by & follow back. I'm going to enjoy your blog.

Kim said...

You did a fabulous job! Don't you just love shopping the house for free stuff?? I'm here from Marty's party. I'm also your newest follower.
Your home is gorgeous and I love your blog.

Anonymous said...

This is beautiful Babs. You inspire me to go to work getting my secretary spruced up.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

When you say...seashells..I am HERE! Oh, I love what you've done! I spotted that little shell box right away! Everything looks beautiful...I could move right in! heehee! ♥

Yvonne@StyleBurb said...

Isn't it fun to shop your house for free! The display is gorgeous! I love the way you wrapped books in white paper and tied them with a string.

xinex said...

Your secretary is so pretty and you accessorized it so well....Christine

KimMalk said...

It's hard to believe that your secretary was a catch all, it looks lovely now. I really like all of your shell arrangements. I was just looking for one of these for my mom's new condo. I appreciate seeing yours dec'd out :).

Pam - @diy Design Fanatic said...

Very nice! Your secretary looks wonderfully dressed!

Rita's Recipes said...

Isn't it great how seeing other people's blogs inspire us to get on with a project or freshen things up?
still looking!

Alycia Nichols said...

I LOVE it!!!! LOVE it!!! Perfectly balanced, lots of wonderful shapes and textures...beautiful! I also see you have Paula Deen's "Savannah Style". I will need to pick up a copy of that...soon!!!

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Another beautiful display!! Can you tell I am enjoying looking around your blog:) Martina

Elegant Economies said...

Love the way you arranged your secretary!