Friday, October 22, 2010

Side Table and Writing Desk

My system for painting really isn't so much a system as an attempt to control the chaos. When I work on large items like dining tables and dressers I like to have a lot of room to move about the workshop. Usually about 2 or 3 dressers or 1 table is my maximum allowance at any given time. And while I eat up valuable real estate working on these projects the side tables, nightstands and odds and ends pile up... QUICK! So after a run on dressers I have to set aside a week just to make progress on those odd and ends, all the while the bigger items start piling up again too and so goes the never ending circle!
And this was my week for small stuff.
This little table was a hideous shade of hunter green, but really cute otherwise (I am sucker for little tables with drawers).
I LOVED this anthro knob immediately after seeing it in a catalogue in September and had to have one.
Photobucket The vignette I chose to do is simple, yet interesting with just a touch of Halloween.
I am sure you have already noticed my long-running obsession with candles. Taper, pillar, containers, I could care less, but I do believe that more is more when it comes to candles as decor. Containers or old pots filled with lovely wax tapers really set my heart a flutter.
In honor of the warmth of the season I really like displaying my books without the spins facing out. The aged and worn pages feel reassuring to me.
This table/desk was one of those items that came home with me, but I have no idea why. It was plain, and awfully simple without much that interested me. But never the less it deserved a shot.
Even in the midst of winter I love to pretend I am at a beach house on some sandy coastline, so while other areas of the house are moody and darker this time of year I always go back to my true love: beach style.
I picked up the metal starfish knob last winter at anthro, but until now it just didn't feel right on anything else. It chose this little desk and that was the starting point for my decision to add faded blue cabana strips.
I think I will love cabana strips forever!
And now I am off to paint a little night stand for Wren's new bed (without cabana strips, sadly).


Mackenzie {Design Darling} said...

These both turned out amazing! You should submit them to Design*Sponge :) I can't wait to see what other projects you've got up your sleeve — so happy to have discovered your blog this afternoon! Have a lovely and productive weekend!

Paint Me White said...

Hi Holly, love the pieces you have finished here. Your work space sounds like mine a never ending supply of pieces. Sandy x

Christa @ Stories of a House said...

Those tables are absolutely adorable!

Katie said...

So super cute...all of it!

Krystal Wight Armstrong said...

That last photo really brings out the beauty in the piece, I love your stripes and knob choice. And the key-hole one is magically adorable. Pretty pictures, fun inspirations.

Kylie said...

When you pick up something that has already been painted, do you take the paint off or just paint over it. (I have a table I need to paint but it is already painted and trying to decide what to do).

Atelier de Charo said...

Love it!!!

Allison said...

Both beautiful pieces.! I love the cabana stripes and your choice of knobs.

Corners of My Life said...

I like the books without the spines facing out ~ it adds a bit of intrigue as I wonder what the titles are.

Design Apprentice said...

I don't know how you do it but your work is extraordinary. Dream even. I love the stripes on that table top. Have a wonderful weekend, Holly!

jenna @ alittlebleu said...

ah i love the starfish knob!! it's the best :)

Anonymous said...

Hi Holly. Loving my new table. It seems very happy here. Was so great to see you again and to meet Wren. big hugs!


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