Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Office Notes



I picked up an oversized cork board recently after realizing that the old one just wasn't big enough. The new one is much BIGGER. It extends about a foot past the edge of the photo. BIG.


My handy dresser is providing wonderful storage space, especially for the one billion inspiration photos that I've been tearing out of magazines for...oh, ever. But I thought a cork board would help me actually look at some of the photos I love, instead of having them sit in the drawer all the time.


The stack of antique gold frames leaning up against the wall are 'in waiting.' Waiting for me to find something perfect to put in them.


Now that I've lived with my sisal rug for awhile, I have to say that I'm quite pleased. Not only does it not show the wheel marks from the castors on my chair, but it's a tight weave so it's easy to wheel to and fro, here and there. The downside to all of these wonderful features is that it's scratchy to walk on...so slippers are recommended.


Behind the white chair is an old lawyer's bookcase. The bookcase comes from the same Great Great Grandfather that the desk belonged to (he was a doctor and both these items were in his office). The case is not big enough to hold all of our books (I'm working on Hubby to build us a big built-in for those), so I thought I'd use it for all of my home and garden design books. Look, room to spare...how convenient.

The top case is reserved for my collection of birds nests. xo

35 comments :

Rose H (UK) said...

The cork board looks like it grew there! I love your desk chair, it looks so inviting - I bet it could tell a few tales too. Despite being a room you work in the colours are so restful - I think I'd be in there all day ;-)

Sarah B said...

What beautiful furniture and frames. It's so lovely that you have it's history - it makes it more spcial. I love your collection of birdnests!
I can't wait to get a big pinboard in my yet to be finished studio - I think bigger is better!

Julienne said...

How long before the board is not big enough again?!!!Love the room I could work there!

Terri(TerriBoog) said...

What a beautiful office! I love the dark wood with all the restful white. The barrister, the desk and it's chair are fabulous!!!

Acanthus and Acorn said...

I'm having some serious envy over the size of your new corkboard!

I am one day hoping to have a barrister bookcase that once belonged to my English grandfather(currently at my Mom's house)come live with me! They are such beatiful, practical pieces!!!

And, if the design and garden books are all close by...what more could a gal need?!

An Urban Cottage said...

Trina,
I have a suggestion. I think it would be fun to try a "backer" board in the top section of your bookcase covered in your bird toile. The lighter color would nicely highlight the bird nests. It's hard to tell not being able to see the whole room at once but it could be really beautiful and sweet. steve

Razmataz said...

Your office has so much charm. I love that you know the history of your pieces. It must be lovely to work in that space with the slopey ceilings and lovely view.

Linda at Lime in the Coconut! said...

A truly inspiring place to just "be".

Between You and Me said...

trina..love your office...

I have a cork board in mine, too...it's actually a post that I'll be doing soon...

love the decorator/garden books...on my list to collect!

Stephenie from Decorating Addiction said...

Where'd you find the sisal rug? I am looking for one. BTW - you should display the frames with nothing in them until you find the right pictures. They are beautiful! They would look good hung up the wall on a staircase or propped up on the mantel as a backdrop.

A Perfect Gray said...

thanks so much for that lovely look into your home...

Southern Lady said...

The lawyer's bookcase is a beautiful and useful piece of furniture. I have always wanted one. The bookcase combines two of my favorite things; good books and furniture with character. Carla

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Trina, You have so many beautiful things and photograph them so well that your posts are all inspiring! The large cork board is a wonderul idea. I have a desk full of torn magazine pages and I should get them out so I can visualize my next project- a kitchen refresh. Thanks for the practical and pretty idea!
Yvonne

jules @ The Diversion Project said...

I love your office Trina, and its really come together so well!

Had a huge smail at your collection of nests - the boys and i collect them too, they're dotted all over the house. julesxxx

Pondside said...

Since the advent of the stainless steel fridge our house had lacked a kitchen bulletin board, until I found a perfect little one that now holds schedules, tickets and the odd inspirational photo/clipping. I just have to remember to 'freshen' it once in a while!

Blueprint Bliss said...

It all looks great. Once again- you are motivating me to declutter!

Elissa said...

Oh! These are all some of my favorite things ~ burlap, toile, cork board, sisal, and books!
I love your office, it's beautiful and very inspiring!

ann marie said...

I love your office. Your picture of the horses on your desk is on of my favorites. Actually, I love your whole home. Visiting your blog is always a calming and refreshing experience. Thanks!

Katy~The Country Blossom said...

Absolutely gorgeous. Seriously...each and every picture is beautiful! :)

Vintage Sassy said...

I just stopped by to tell you that your home is lovely and I love the idea of a corkboard instead of shoving pics in a notebook or a drawer. I would love for you to stop by sometime.

LeAnn

Samantha2818 said...

I love your office - what a calming place to work. I keep cuttings too and store them in boxes according to room type - glad I'm not the only one!
~Sam

for the love of a house said...

It's charming Trina!!
I have the same huge cork board, but haven't found a home for it here.
You know I'm "eyeing" those frames on the floor;)
Sorry your sisal is scratchy...I love walking on ours- like a soft loofa!
My entry looks almost identical to the one you have on the board in the top photo- sans the "t" and the chair, but I do have mirrors on that back wall! Isn't that funny!
joan

the gardeners cottage said...

Hi Trina,

Love the hugeness of that board.

I did not know you collect bird nests! So do I. Birds of a feather!

~janet

thedomesticfringe said...

I love those bookcases! You've created a lovely, serene place for yourself.

-FringeGirl

Morning T said...

Looks great Trina. That bookshelf is amazing and yes, you certainly have room to add to your collection of home and gardening books. I've just gotten used to walking barefoot on my sisal rug after having it for 2 years, I love it.

24 Corners said...

The other day I was thinking about you typing away in your lovely office, with your beautiful horses right there and all that wonderful light making the room glow serenley. Exactly how I imagined it!
I love how the corkboard is *right there* when you walk into the room, immediatley giving inspiration and setting the tone. So much better than putting your dream images on the "wall". ;)

Perfection again Trina...
xo J

Are there llamas in your future???

A Country Farmhouse said...

Hi Stephenie, I got our sisal rug at IKEA!
Trina

pve design said...

A dear friend makes ribbon boards, I could see one in that burlap and toile looking pretty there. I would love to see a toile paper on the walls, those slanting walls are smiling in that space.
pve

Chic Coles said...

I need that cork board. Mine is just way to small. Have fun filling it up.

VivaciousVegan said...

I do not often gush over blogs, but I must say this by far is the most beautiful blog I have ever..ever seen! The way I feel when I read it is a across between the way I felt when I would walk into my grandmothers house and smelled her smell, like Este Lauder, and gingersnaps, and the excitement of finding a truly unique piece of furniture that you know must go home with you! My husband and I bought a 1899 Colonial saltbox home in 2005, and we are just starting to finish the details of our remodel! You remind me of me, and I love that you can see that small things make a difference. I too have fresh flowers in my home daily, I think it makes everything brighter! Thank you so much, for sharing your home and stories, it made me smile!

A Room For Everyone said...

Love the way you write Trina - gentle and witty.. I love mood or inspiration boards. I need to find a spot for one..Rachaelxx

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

I love your room. All of your inspiration around you would be so soothing to me... you make me want to re-do what I call the "war" room. lol hugs ~lynne~

Agoura Antique Mart said...

I love the idea! Fantastic post! Maria

Living It At Home said...

Great idea! I too have been tearing out pictures from magazines for-EVER! I love your fabrics. I am sure they will look great in your home. I like the sisal rug. I know they can be scratchy!

red ticking said...

simple wonderful.. and i have a stack of frames always in "waiting".. they do need the "perfect picture" in them... they always do! xx

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