Sunday, February 13, 2011

A Light To Stand On

Hello Everyone!
How is your weekend going? Today is finally
a beautiful and sunny day here in NC. Yay!
We are expecting more of the same all week.
I had been searching for a desk lamp for the
home office and could not find anything I liked.
The room has one window and get's minimal light.
I decided to add a new table to hold a larger lamp.
Check it out!
The lamp and accent table are fom Marshalls.
Now a warm glow is achieved in this tiny room.
*All photos enlarge when clicked.*
A large red vase and sticks are from Target.
I added a magnifying glass and book from Marshalls.
A photo and succulent plant surround the lamp.
The plants are from Michaels.
My hubs initial *A* sits on top of the books.
An ornate drawer finial is up top. I adore all finials.
The wall desk unit is from Ashley Furniture.
Our crowntail betta fish *Newton*.
A delicious smelling sandalwood candle is nice.
The freshwater fish aquarium.
The walls are a khaki color called *Shortbread*.
The bookcase is from Lowes.
The lamp is Kirklands and the drapes Target.
Another chunky finial. I find them everywhere.
Chestnut is guarding his lair.
You can see how the room needed more light.
I just love having this new lamp and table.
The area rug is new and came from Marshalls.
Kristen made the *M* frame. It matches well.
One last view of the plant.
Have a wonderful week!


Allyson Pecilunas said...

I love your office, Melissa! So gorgeous!! I love that little table, lamp and all of the accessories you put on it. BEAUTIFUL! Great job girl. I cannot wait to see your giveaway I am sure it will be something awesome! Have a great weekend!! I love finials too!!


April said... have such a talent for bringing everything together to make a BIG impact! BRAVO!!! I'm looking so forward to your giveaway...I'll be watching for it! Enjoy your gorgeous weather!

Liz@ said...

Love the office and the table with the lamp is perfect! I have small rooms and only one window per bedroom so I know what you mean about lighting. I've actually put up a mirror on the opposite wall to reflect light and give the illusion of another window. I love finials too, especially things to do with the Fleur-de-lis design! Chestnut is quite the cat! I would love to pick him up and squeeze him- I love cats. I'm doing paperwork today and my cats are being nosy and trying to get in a bag I'm throwing stuff in! They are a fun distraction! Have a great rest of the week-end.... Liz

LC said...

What a great office space, Melissa. I love the room. You have it decorated beautifully. The finials are all a nice touch. Chestnut looks so cute sitting up on the desk. He's so pretty!
I'm happy to hear you solved the mystery with your furniture color! Isn't it amazing how the lighting can change the color of paint and furnishings in a room?

Enjoy your warm weather. It is a lot warmer here than it has been. It is nice to have some warmer temps again after such a cold spell from this last storm.

roz said...

Great office space; so well decorated! Love all the details, Melissa! You mentioned that you are moving; is your home for sale yet and have you begun looking? I remember when we built our home 6 years ago, we moved from a traditional brick home with dark stained cabinets, doors, and trim to this house that I wanted all light and sunny. We completely through out all of the decorating items that had our old color scheme of dark blue, burgundy, and emerald out the door and replaced everything with whites, yellows, creams, corals, and green. And now upstairs we're adding aqua and Tiffany blues to take on a more spa look in the private quarters that we use to 'escape the world' even beyond our first floor brightness. It is so refreshing! We feel so much more uplifted . . . even in the dreary days of winter! Best wishes on your new venture!

Sue @ Not the Good Scissors! said...

Yes, the rug is definitely the finishing touch to your GOOORGEOUS office! I like the wall color too. I have seen that color chip and always wondered about it. I tend to shy away from kaki's because they tend to pick up a pink cast. I am not opposed to pink at all but if I want a beige or khaki that is what I want. I am thinking about paint colors for the bedroom and I will definitely consider the shortbread.

Have a wonderful weekend. Sue
P.S. So glad to hear that you are finally getting some good weather.

Sue @ Not the Good Scissors! said...

Forgot to add. I have been searching for a new lamp for my living room and I am not finding one that I like. The ones I like are either too short or they are way more than what I want to spend. The hunt continues.

Stacey said...

That is one beautiful office. I have to ask about the helicopter/rainbow picture. Is that your husband's helicopter?

Mr. Chestnut looks huge laying on the desk. Sophie is always up on something too. If a person would be offended by that....they'd just better not come to our house.

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

I am glad you checked the cushion. That room is really nice. I would love to put a rug in our office, but my hubs says he doesn't want one. And I struggle with the lighting in my home all the time. So I totally know what you are up against. But everything is always gorgeous!!

Julie Harward said...

It all looks so nice, the thing I like about your home is that it always looks so nice and clean. Love this new office and everything in it. Your cat is as big and fat as mine! ;D

Dear Sweet Home said...

It all looks so pretty. Your home looks so well put together. It always inspire me to see your fun little touches! And I love that we shop at alot of the same places. I am so honored to be your blog of the week! I feel so unworthy! I am so amazed at the kindness you have extended to me and my little blog!

Becca said...

Beautiful office, Melissa! Your lamp is so pretty ... perfect for the table. And, all of your accents are lovely. Chestnut clearly approves of your gorgeous decorating abilities! He's so handsome! Thanks for sharing a gorgeous work space. I'd be in here quite a bit, blogging to my heart's content. Have a great night, Becca

Jody said...

Melissa, I so enjoy seeing all the new things you do in your home. This office space is just gorgeous, with all the special touches you have added. Great job!

sissie said...

Hi Melissa,
You have created such a lovely office. I wouldn't mind spending the entire day in there, that is if kitty will share.


Tammy@Beatrice Banks said...

Nice office! I really love the magnifying glass. Everything looks wonderful.

Nancy said...

Ditto to everyone's comments! I especially that fat cat on the desk! Made me giggle out loud :) Have a blessed weekend!

Donna~One Simple Country Girl said...

Very nice! I see someone else is a Dale Brown fan!

lvroftiques said...

Beautiful office Melissa! And that lamp was a perfect addition! Love Chestnut on the desk doing the "this is mine, don't even think about it!" thing *winks* Vanna

Beth in NC said...

What a beautiful office! I have a big ol' treadmill in ours and everything is hidden under mounds of papers (sigh).

That is the biggest cat I have ever seen. He is beautiful.

Love love love your designs. You have such a gift.

Kat said...

You have a beautiful office Melissa. I LOVE that wall desk. Great choice for the lamp, it's lovely. Enjoy your pretty weather, we are finally having some ourselves. 68 and sunny! Kat

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

Everyone is right! You have a fantastic eye for putting things's all beautiful. I love your new lamp and little table. Perfect for bringing in cozy light. I also have one of those gorgeous frames! She does a beautiful job!
What a wonderful office (which reminds me that I need to do something with mine and soon!)
Happy Valentines Day tomorrow!

Cricket said...

You have such talent for bringing it all together. I just love your blog! In fact you could help me out....go on over and see what I am up to in my living room. I am asking all my blogger friends for help!!

Bella Michelle said...

Oh, it looks amazing. I have suffereing from major office lust (it started last week with the newest Ballards catalog and now your office...ahhhhh). I have to do something quick in this room I am calling an office!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Melissa, your office is gorgeous. I love your new lamp and table too. Everything is so beautifully decorated. Hugs, Marty

Mississippi Girl said...

Great job with the home office, Melissa. I have a spare room that I'm working to transition into a home office, but for right now, it's a mess of boxes and large plastic bins. One day....

It's warmer here, too. I actually have my A/C on today.

Take care,

Carrie @ Dittle Dattle said...

Melissa, you have the coolest objects! I really love the red vase... need to make a quick trip to Target to see if I can get my hands on one. Thank you so much for listing where all your fabulous finds come from!

Donna said...

The new hall area and lamp are beautiful as is the office, Melissa! You have incredible style and it shows in all you do!
I am seriously jealous of your warm'll have to post pictures of outdoors so we here in the frozen tundra can take a visual vacation!

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Your metamorphosis is absolutely fabulous. I so hope that you enjoy every bit of it.

Have a very Happy Valentine's Day!

Love the Decor! said...

Oh I love it!!
You are amazing girlfriend!!!

Heather's Stitches said...

How Lovely! You have put it together so nicely and everything is so organized, I go into my Husbands office and have a

Where did you find the adorable initial that is on the bookcase?

Traci said...

So pretty! I love chunky finials too! Actually, I love chunky!! Frames, finials, you name it. OK so I'm off to yogalates now!! Starting week 3.

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh Melissa every room you do is stunning and you always create beautiful vignettes. Thanks for linking to TTT. Hugs, Marty

Atticmag said...

It's so great to have the office pulled together -- yours looks so homey and comfortable. Lighting is key. Hope you'll stop by and see our bedroom ideas. Jane

Becky said...

Melissa, I love how you made everything so warm and welcoming. Happy Valentine's Day!


Kim @ Cheap Chic Home said...

Happy Valentine's day! I love the fancy, schmancy "A". The addition of the table cracked me up--don't you have a table addiction you're trying to break? I really love your finial collection :). Nice job, as usual, Melissa.

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Oh my sweet daughter I love your warm and colorful office and that desk unit is just beautiful girl..Love your new frame doesn't Kristen do a wonderful job on them..Happy VD to you and your great Mister my friend..did you get sugar free candy dark chocolate of course ha ha!! Love ya...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Lori said...

Beautiful decor, love the magnifying glass!

On Crooked Creek said...

Lovely home office! Lighting is always needed On Crooked Creek, especially during our dreary winter days! Thank you for sharing your beautiful work space with all of us!

Pam said...

Your office is gorgeous. Love the new rug. My cat tries to sharpen his nails on my rugs, so I finally just rolled them up and put them in the garage.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I love the little touches you've added to the book case! I never know exactly what to do...and how much! Very nice! ♥

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Melissa, I thought I left on comment on this earlier, but blogger has had issues all day when I try to leave comments. This space looks great. What a wonderful office. Thanks so much for joining the party.

AshTreeCottage said...

What a wonderful office. I am your newest follower. It's great to meet you and I hope you will stop by for a visit sometime.

Susan and Bentley

Judy said...

I'm so glad you linked up this post. I just love your office and the lamp is perfect. Hope to see you again next week.

Sue said...

Hi Melissa
Your new lamp looks great! I would sure like to shop at your Marshalls!! Ours never has nearly so many nice things. Beautiful room.
Have a great day.

La Vie Quotidienne said...

Your room looks is nice to meet another fan of Marshalls.

I just read your post about you cat, I lost my beautiful black persian cat just before Christmas and I miss him terribly. I will be getting a new kitten this spring and I hope to get a marmalade kitty like yours. Thanks for sharing.(-:

Sanctified Spaces said...

Beautiful office.Enoyed visiting your space.

Sandra said...

Your office space looks great! All the little details work together to give it a homey feel. Love the framed "M"!

Michele Smith said...

Your office is so gorgeous, love the new lamp. I'm in NC also and definitely enjoying the change in weather, it is going to be beautiful this weekend!

Happy Thursday!

Cindy said...

Hi Melissa,
Your office is really beautiful!
Hugs, Cindy

Sherrie said...

What a special office. That magnifying glass is gorgeous!
Have a beautiful day!

clarizzamarcelo said...

cozy place to work and read those books. love every details of the room.

Anu@My Dream Canvas said...

This is so beautiful. Have a great weekend. Hope to see you at My Dream Canvas.

Val said...

Your home is always so gorgeous!!

At The Picket Fence said...

Love all of the details and special touches Melissa! So beautiful!

Thank you for linking up to Inspiration Friday At The Picket Fence!

Heather @At The Picket Fence

Sana said...

wow, its beautiful - it seemed i am looking at a well decorated study of some good hotel or some artist.. very pretty and functional, like it a lot,

Dee said...


Your office is fantastic!


Mini said...

Thanks for providing such a useful information....Kitchen Lighting adds so much to your kitchen! So glad you gave me the inspiration to finally do mine!!!