Thursday, August 15, 2013

New Accessories for My Office

OK, I use that term really, really loosely.  I don't have an office.  I use the buffet in the breakfast room as my desk and call that my office.

See, up against the window.  The buffet has drop leaf sides that I leave up for a really generous work space, so it does function.

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 There, a little closer.  Well anyway, when I added the checks to the family/breakfast area, that called for a few accessory changes, so my "desk" got a couple of new additions too.

I rearranged the desk orgaizer and the speakers so I could have a place to keep my Ipad and plug it in, then I added some greener.

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 An ivy topiary, boxwood sphere and a little pot that I made with Dollar Tree plants.  The scales adds a little interest to the mix and height to the little clay pot.

Actually, this functions really well as my office and I can still be in the middle of everything.

You know how it goes, you can never stop with just one spot, so I changed up the island too.  Love my pig and of course fruit is always fabulous.
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 I read a tip a while back and that is to stick wood skewers in the bottom of your large fruit and then you can push the end of the skewer into your foam and keep your fruit arranged perfectly all the time.  It can't fall out.
Pretty clever don't you think?

Ok, off to the store to grocery shop.  I am out of fresh fruit and melons and I am really enjoying them this year.  How about you, have you been taking advantage of all the summer fruits and veggies?

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  1. Love your new accessories Marty. I have that same scale and just adore it. Have a great day.

  2. Your "office" is fabulous, Marty!

  3. Marty your office is fabulous. I love that you can use this space for mutiple things. I love that cream and brown check that you have been using. So cute all of it.

  4. Looks great. Love the pig too. Thanks for sharing. The fresh green beans and potatoes are awesome in our area this season. Really enjoying them and of course the corn on the cob is excellent as well.

  5. Your "office" looks great! Love your little pig on the island cute! Great tip on how to keep fruit from falling out of place too. I'll have to remember that one!

  6. Looks great and so well organized. If you could see my desk area right now...shameful is the word I'm thinking of.
    Cute pig on the island!!

  7. Marty,

    What a pretty and homey breakfast area and terrific office space! Beautiful accessories too! I have a craft/sewing/office room that seems to be too far away from all the "action" so my "office" usually is my lap...wherever I am sitting with my laptop!

  8. You always create nice vignettes. Mr. Pig always makes a statement.

  9. I like the tip you gave about using the skewers...that's something I wouldn't have thought of but it is so simple to do!


  10. I love your desk and the lovely vignette with the fav view inside a house are that, house plants! I also love that piggie, Marty! Great desk! Big hugs,

  11. It's the perfect place to perch! Still crossing my fingers for the faucet! :)

  12. I am enjoying all the fresh fruit....see you soon!

  13. I am definitely enjoying all the fresh fruit. The peaches are my favorite. xo Laura


  14. I think thats a great space for your office.. You've made it look mighty cozy too and it fits right in with the rest of the room..
    Have fun shopping and get yourself a special treat. You deserve it~!

  15. Looks great, Marty! Love the tip about the fruit!!!~~Ang

  16. Your home is beautiful. Love the space that you created for the office.
    Would love to win the faucet. Need a new one becasue husband scared my old one with a wrench.

  17. Love it all, Marty! What a nice bright window to enjoy when you sit in your office! I love all of your little accessories. Your vignette on the island is darling. The fruit is so pretty in that vase. That is a good tip!
    We had a cantaloupe last night. I had cooked dinner and cleaned up the kitchen so Mr. Precious said he would fix the cantaloupe. I always cute slices and then cute off the rind. He came in with two plates and had just cut it in two pieces and stuck a spoon in it! ;)
    Well, I said - I can't eat all of this! Guess what? I did! :)
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia :)

  18. I love the scale mixed in with the plants. Now you've made me "need" a scale....

  19. Hi Marty! The thing about changing things around..(it all looks great, by the way!) is that I want someone to notice..and they never do! PH says it's because I have so much in the house..I mean..HOW can that be. It's know, organzed..and in place..Sheesh!!!

  20. What a great work space,Marty! Both functional and beautiful.

  21. I love your work space. Everything is absolutely beautiful in your space!

  22. I always love the changes you make about the house and you have a great desk/command center Marty...I love a furniture piece that serves multiple functions....great giveaway Marty...I have the Marielle faucets throughout my house...13 of them to be exact!!...I love the Virtue faucet..

  23. I think if we asked, many bloggers would say they used their computers or laptops in unconventional spaces that work well for them. I use the kitchen table. I can run Cape Canaveral from there! But you have a dreamy spot, you can look out the window and you have the pretty greenery. I love your fruit container, is that pottery? So pretty. And I like your skewer trick. I usually stuff baskets with crumpled up newspaper but I can see this keeps the fruit from tumbling out. Great idea! :)


  24. Love the touch of green on your pretty!

  25. Marty I am trying to 'add' an office to my spare room/craft space/guest room/etc. You have given me so great ideas. Thanks for sharing your always lovely home with us at TTF.


  26. I love the changes you made Marty! I like how you added the scale for interest, and the plants made the perfect touch. Have a great weekend!


  27. How wonderful that your "office" is so handy. Love the drop leaf sides to the desk....and how you have added special touches. The more I see old kitchen scales, the more I love them.

    Have a wonderful weekend...


  28. I precisely had to thank you so much all over again. I’m not certain the things I could possibly have accomplished in the absence of those suggestions shared by you relating to my interest.
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  29. I really like how you have utilized that space and made it very functional. Of course, you always do such cute vignettes!

    Do you ever shop at Sprouts? We started going to Sprouts when we first moved here, at the suggestion of "restaurant son" and now do all of our fresh produce shopping there. They consistently have the best prices and the nicest quality of produce. Prices on other groceries are higher, but produce price and quality are better even than Walmart. Just wondering how others might feel about the store.

  30. I wish I had my own office space, oh wait, I do, it is the dining room table. My husband works a lot from home and I am in the process of making over his office. Your breakfast room looks like a lovely place to work, lots of natural light, and I like the drop down buffet - looks like you can pull a chair right up to it. Also love your idea about keeping the fruit in place in the kitchen. Beautiful pictures.
    Thanks, Patty at Home and Lifestyle Design

  31. That's a mighty fine office Marty!Thanks for the tip with the fruit!This could be used for pumpkin squash too :-)

  32. Love your new accessories. That pig is so cute!

  33. I love this little corner of your breakfast nook, especially with the wall shelf and collage:) Loved how you accessorized your work space, Marty! You are always so creative with vignettes...all the greenery and the scale harmonizes each other beautifully! I like your very helpful tip about using skewers for inserting fruits:) Have a lovely weekend!Hugs,Poppy

  34. Marty,
    I adore the functionality of this space as an office!!!
    Your grouping of plants is charming!!!
    You always have the best vignettes. . . breakfast room,
    home office and kitchen island. . .always inspiring!!!
    Thanks for sharing!!!

  35. Wow Marty! That scale is fabulous, the dollar store planter on top is perfect! Your vision taking "trash to treasure" is such a joy for me to see every day. Thank you for always opening up the doors to your home to us all!

    --Laurie Lee

    PS -- love the pig!

  36. Oh! the new giveaway!it's awesome kitchen accessories.It's look so wonderful,i love it.

  37. Your office-space looks so glamour with the new stuffs, love the decorations.