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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Kate Spade Inspired Desk Accessories

The family room/kitchen great room is where all the action is, so having my office near by works best for me. Now I don't really have an office or even a real desk.  I use the buffet in the breakfast room as my desk.  I can watch TV, chat with my hubby. watch what I have on the stove and look out the window all at the same time.  I thought it was time to dress this spot up just a little.  

I loved some of the accessories that Kate Spade designed, however not the price, so I thought I would see if I could copy some of them.  I adore polka dots and stripes and she had both.

Now this is not really tacky, but it isn't really very inviting either.   

This is a piece I found at goodwill a couple years ago.  It is super functional.  I can store some note pads, my eye glasses, pens, and other assorted things in the top slots.  The door opens for super storage.  Now to find a few things to make this piece over and copy cat some of her polka dots and stripes.

On a previous trip to Target I found this really great notepad that is Kate Spade inspired, and I also splurged on the gold stapler and some gold paperclips.

 A trip to Michael's and I found some great polka dot papers, a really cute polka dot pen and some fun pencils.  I had gold spray paint so I spray painted my scissors.  I use a makeup brush to clean off my keyboard, so I spray painted the silver part of it gold too.

Not only is she known for her polka dots and stripes, but she is famous for her signature shocking pink.  This little notebook from Michaels just had to come home with me too.

I sprayed the desk organizer black, then decopaged the large polka dot paper to the lid and the small dots on the bottom edge.  Then for fun I added my initials in gold.

I couldn't find a stripe, so I took a notebook I had and spray painted it white, then cut gold tape into strips and covered the front.  Instant stripes.

 I spray painted a small notebook that was black with gold paint.  When I tried to apply some gold leaf paper, part of the paint came off and revealed the black underneath.  I like the effect, so I left it alone.

                                                        I think this is a lot more fun than before.

  Best part is it's just paper and paint.  I can change it in a nano second if I get tired of it.

I didn't have to splurge on the stapler or gold paperclips (I just liked them), the rest cost me less than $10.

So do you need to update you desk area too?

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  1. I love the new look of your desk, Marty. Kate Spade would be so jealous. xo Laura

  2. I love it!! I am so inspired, look out world!!

  3. Marty you are so clever! This looks fantastic!

  4. I love pretty office supplies! Yours turned out beautifully, Marty. What neat ideas you have. :)

  5. I love it! Such attention to detail and such clever ideas. I need you to makeover my desk, it's so sad!

  6. I have always loved Kate Spade handbags, but like you, not the price! You did a fabulous job giving your desk accessories a makeover. Gold always adds a classy touch.
    xo Kathleen

  7. Cute accessories, Marty. I don't have a desk either.

  8. I absolutely adore Kate Spade and you captured her style brilliantly! Well done!!!

  9. How cute! I love all things Kate Spade, however her prices keep me from buying everything! You copied the kate spade style just perfectly!

  10. Great job Charming! What a wonderful space for them, and love the attached lounge. Ive seen this change over the years and it is gorgeous!

  11. How cute! I'm a huge Kate Spade fan, and love all the Kate Spade inspired accessories you put together! :)

  12. Great makeover Marthy! Love the new look of your desk!
    Have a great week!

  13. Love the changes! Sooo pretty. What a beautiful area to work. Have a great holiday weekend!

  14. Love the look! Frugal too! that is so me! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  15. Super cute Marty. I love it all. It really gave some fun personality to your desk. Love that eye glass note book from Target I may have to see if I can find that at my Target. Have a wonderful 4th.

  16. Very cute Marty! It's definitely worth the effort to make your workspace inviting - it's hard enough to get working in the first place :)
    Enjoy your holiday weekend!

  17. I love Kate Spade Marty and if you didn't tell us, the choices you made do look like from her line! Love it!

  18. Marty, I like Kate Spade too and your new desk accessories are picture perfect. A fabulous way to get the look for less! Thanks for sharing. Have a great 4th of July weekend.

  19. I love it ALL! So classy and cute!! I really love the eyeglass pattern.

  20. Marty,
    Love your new office are so creative! I would never have thought to spray paint scissors or PART of a brush. I am impressed with the gold paint on the black organizer. You must have a very steady hand to paint that.

    Now, I'm going to be looking at everything with a can of spray paint in one hand, ready to psssss.


    1. P.S. I have my eye on a beautiful navy blue and silver stapler from Pottery Barn. It's on sale right now. After seeing your gorgeous new gold stapler, I may have to just go ahead and splurge.


  21. My desk needs a makeover in a big way! You saved a ton of money and the results are so pretty. Nice accessories tend to make the work much more fun.

  22. Oh Marty - you are so creative!!! How cute and functional. Just LOVE it! You should be designing these items - you have a talent for it.

  23. I love the modern look of your office supplies. I may have to copycat you! I really need to make a Michael's or HL stop and restock some supplies. I've been so sick I haven't felt like doing a lot of shopping. Hope your 4th is wonderful!

  24. I love when mistakes turn out to be works of art! I love your very chic and neat desk! I might have to take a lesson from you and turn my desk from blah to great!!!

  25. I really enjoy what you did to the desk organizer. You updated the piece and made it look cute. Great work.

    Love, Dagmara @

  26. Cute as as a button. Clever ! Clever!