Miniature art studio

>> Friday, February 23, 2007

Whenever I post I have a moment where I try to think about why I'm writing a post about something. Most of the time it seems to just end up being show-and-tellish which I enjoy myself on other people's blogs. But I know people like a little something extra, so I try to throw in some tips and ideas and the occasional tutorial. This post may fall a bit more into the showoffy show-and-tell category because I absolutely adore my new desk and had to post it and show it off.

I've wanted a secretary desk as long as I can remember. I'm not sure if I could give you all the reasons why, but it has something to do with organization, and having lots of art supplies that need storage, and wanting to have everything tidy in one piece of furniture. Because until now I had art supplies in baskets and boxes all over the place and sitting down to paint involved rummaging around to find my paint box, brushes, paper, water jar, pencils, etc. etc.This desk has three drawers at the bottom and three shelves in the bookcase part up top. The inside has compartments for papers, stamps, postcards etc.It also has a lot to do with liking vintage and antique things. I like the design of old things, and the history that shows in them. This particular desk is art deco, and it seems to be a bit unusual because I saw mostly Victorian desks when I was looking. I also have a thing for doors with wooden lattices. I don't know why, but if it was up to me every single door and bookshelf in our home would have glass latticed doors! I also like that the desk was painted white, because it makes it a bit more modern and airy looking. I don't know if you can see, but it also has pretty glass knobs.

In case you're wondering, I found this treasure at Au Lit Vintage, a lovely store on Mount Pleasant. It's one of those pretty stores where everything is painted white and French style. I really recommend this store - they were so nice and helpful and delivered the desk for me. That whole neighbourhood is fantastic for antique shopping, there are tons of antique stores in between Davisville and Eglinton all along Mount Pleasant, with high and low end antiques, along with lots of nice gift and decorating type stores. And it was very quiet - a nice change from Queen West which can get quite crowded on the weekends.

And finally, just in case you're nosy like me, here's a peek inside my desk. I found the green mug recently at Goodwill and I love it! I'm always drawn to vintage green ceramics - the other ceramic jar was found at a flea market on the way home from Montreal last year. That one was $1 and the green mug was $.49! As you can see, I also like vintage rulers.
Here's another detail of my mug. And next to it is a paperweight that was a present from Bradley.
How did this post get so long? I hope you don't mind. Next post I'm going to show you my new curtains. I needed window coverings that were up to par with the desk, and they are also substituting for the wallpaper I'd like but can't afford!


Jannie aka Chickengirl February 23, 2007  

Yay! I love this desk. It makes everything so cute and organized.

Heather February 23, 2007  

I love this type of desk!! This is FABULOUS!!! wow! what a find! you have a good eye for this type of thing!

Anonymous,  February 23, 2007  

What a gorgeous desk! I love secretaries too -- probably because my grandmother had one in her house that I was fascinated with when I was growing up. Yours would fit perfectly in our house -- I'm so jealous! What a find!

pedalpower February 23, 2007  

So cute! What a wonderful idea to make it totally for art supplies.

roz February 23, 2007  

Simply Gorgeous.

Isis February 24, 2007  

i adore your new desk!

Dorie February 24, 2007  

Your desk is perfect, just perfect.

Angel Jem February 27, 2007  

Feel the waves of envy flying through the ether towards you. I love the new desk, I love little pigeonholes & how everything is stored just so. It almost makes me wish I'd bought that tattered old bureau I saw in Oxfam last month.... I might yet get it. Good crafting!

Joanna February 28, 2007  

Lovely desk, I actually sent you a mail earlier today but somehow it has bounced back, I just wanted to let you know I've been reading your blog for a while but have never let my prescence be known, until now!!

Pam March 15, 2007  

This is one of the few times in my life where I am truly coveting something. That desk is great.

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