5/31/2009

It's Metamorphosis Monday!

Hello my friends...welcome to Metamorphosis Monday!

Metamorphosis Monday is hosted by my dear friend Susan over at Between Naps On The Porch! Met Monday is such a fun Monday event...where you can see all kinds of changes taking place before your very eyes!!! You'll have to go over to Susan's place and see what changes are going on over there today...and while you're there you'll find a list of all the Met Monday participants!!!

Part II
Metamorphosis of My Frenchy Studio/Office

Last week for Met Monday...I shared Part I of the metamorphosis of my Frenchy studio/office! If you would like to see that post just click HERE.
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Today I would like to show you how the working space or desk area has evolved in this room! I have more "before", "during", and "after" photos!
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I am really loving my new studio/office...this room is all mine and I've really had fun designing and decorating it!


"Before"


For those of you who don't know the history of how my frenchy studio/office came about...let me explain. This room was once my step-son's bedroom (he is now taking up residence in the downstairs bachelor pad...hehe!)
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After moving out all of the bedroom furniture, I brought in this antique desk! This desk belonged to my late father-in-law. It probably has seen its better days but I just love this old desk...and I love all of the wear and tear...each little dent and scratch just adds to its endearing patina!!!
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I left the shelf that is located above the desk. On the far left end of the shelf you will see an old black leather box...it has the word "Paris" and a picture of the Eiffel Tower embroidered in brown on it! I just love this box and it's perfect to hold a floral arrangement. Right now I have stalks of autumn colored Eucalyptus and long peacock feathers in it. I have two framed prints of Paris in the center of the shelf. I got these prints when my honey and I were honeymooning in Paris. Every time I look at these pictures, I'm reminded of the sweet time that we spent in the City of Lights!!! In front of the framed prints I have a frenchy candleholder.

"During"


Now that I have my desk in place...it's time to do a little decorating!
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Do you see the antique garden gate on the wall behind the desk? Of course you do...hehe! I was using this antique gate as the headboard to my step-son's twin bed. It really looked grand as a headboard...but now that the bed was gone, I decided to move the gate behind my desk....thanks to the suggestion of my dear friend Kathysue! This antique garden gate really adds charm to the room and it works perfectly as a memo board! I just love it!!! I hung a gold and white transferware plate with black ribbon on the gate.
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Hmm...sure wished that I had included a better photo of my desk chair. I found this chair at the Antique Market...it has the prettiest black and white toile seat on it!!! If you would like to see a better photo of it just click HERE.

"After"


My New Frenchy Candelabra Lamp

I got a new lamp! My dear sweet friend Laura custom made this lamp just for me...just for my new frenchy studio/office!!! I just adore it!!! Thank you Laura!!!



I just love everything about this pretty candelabra lamp...the glass base...and ohhhh, the pretty cherub...I just love cherubs!!! Oooh...and the pretty crystals!!!



I added the black papered shades...but they were just too plain for this beautiful lamp...so I used a fleur de lis stamp and gold paint...stamped a border around the tops of each shade. I like how it turned out!



Just a close up of some of my notes that I've received from some of my blogging friends. I'm really enjoying that antique garden gate as a memo board!!!
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A lidded silver dish...I keep some of my office supplies in it!



New Drapes
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I really got a deal on these fabulous frenchy toile drapes...they are made by Waverly and called La Ferme. They were originally $270.00 marked down to $77.00...I'm still doing a Happy Dance over this great find!!!
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Well my friends...I hope you enjoyed seeing Part II of the metamorphosis of my new Frenchy studio/office! Next Monday I hope to share Part III with you...so stayed tuned!!!
I would like to give a special thanks to Susan for hosting this fun filled Monday event! Don't forget to go over and check out all of the great metamorphosis going on this week!!!
Love ya'll,
Chari

35 comments:

Picket said...

Hey girl...love this room...the drapes and the desk and that gate ohhhhhh I love that little treasure! What a fantastic deal on the drapes! I still haven't gotten my sudy together again yet...but I did hang the new red toile drapes in there! lol Have a wonderful week my friend!

marty39 said...

Chari, I love everything about this room. Your drapes are just gorgeous. I have the pattern for that fabulous valance, but I havn't made it yet. I love it. Your desk area is stunning. I would never have thought to use a gate, but the it's gorgeous and the whole vignette is just beautiful. You did a great job on it all. Hugs, Marty

xinex said...

You know how much I love this room, Chari. I love all the accessories too. I am sure you are really enjoying being there....Christine

Shelia said...

What a wonderful room! I just love it! What beautiful window coverings you have! And the old desk is so lovely. I would never have thought to lean that gate up against the wall! I love that!
bE a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Linda/"Mom" said...

* Chari, that "gate" idea is soooooo delightful!!!! (Just LOVE it!!!)... KUDOS, KIDDO!!!! Warmest, Linda *

Melissa Miller said...

Oh Chari I just adore this room!
I didn't realize you got such a great deal on the drapes?
They are really gorgeous!

You have really warmed my heart seeing that you have the card I sent you on display.
You are just the sweetest.

Love ya girl.
Have a wonderful week.
~Melissa :)

Alex is taking the week off from work and has to re-stain the entire privacy fence.
Yikes...my poor hubby.
We may roll on that new garage floor speckle stuff in gray as well.
I'm not sure if we can squeeze that project in this week though. :)

Dixie said...

Chari... your office is just beautiful... I'd be doing the happy dance over those drapes... and the whole redo... fantastic ideas!

have a beautiful week.. Dixie

Chandy said...

Wow Chari, what a romantic Frenchy Studio! Loved looking at every detail in it. If you can't be inspired in that room, I don't what room will! Beautiful!

debbie said...

Hello Chari,
What a beautiful room...I love the garden gate and those curtains are divine...what a find...I also left you a message on Pink Saturday. Cannot wait to see part 3
hugs
debbie

FOR THE SAKE OF TIME said...

Your room looks wonderful. I love the addition to the lamp shades. Thanks for sharing.

Charla

santamaker said...

What a wonderful little space, chalked full of charm. You did an outstanding job!

Cindy said...

Hi Chari,
My dear this is fabulous! This is the picture of a pretty office area! It's so pretty I doubt I could ever work in there, all I would do is admire all the pretty things. I love the garden gate idea, I really need to start scavenging for one of those. Chari, the music fits so perfectly. What a mood setter, oh my, so romantic! I love those gorgeous drapes, they just fit perfectly too! Hugs, HAGD! Cindy

Happy To Be said...

GM My friend...Girl you know I know your office but the best part to me is still those drapes...I can't wait to see the third edition of this room...I have an old gate I just dug out and hung on my rose garden patio wall...Hope you have a great day my friend...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Really Rainey said...

Sooo cute! I love it.... Especially the attention to detail!
Have a Happy Week!
~Really Rainey~

Lou Cinda said...

This is beautiful! Love the drapes, the gate the lamp..ALL of it! It turned out beautifully!!!

Lou Cinda :)

salmagundi said...

I always enjoy another look at your new room. I'm back from a break, and now isn't it time for you to leave for Texas? Have a great trip, and enjoy your family. Sally

Gina @ The Shabby Chic Cottage said...

That looks lovely! I love the idea of using the headboard as a message board - it's SOO inventive!

Scooterblu's Whimsy~Rhonda said...

Hi Chari, Great room! I love the lamp, drapes and that super cute iron gate piece behind the desk! The objects tied to it is so pretty! You did a wonderful job putting the room together! ~hugs, Rhonda :)

Kim @ Manning Family Tree said...

Chari,I'm still in love with your office. I love the garden gate. I want one. Well that is all I have to say today. I'm too tired to think. It was an emotionally draining weekend to say the least. I'll write more later. Maybe next week for part III. Take care until then.
Kim

Robin said...

Love it love it love it! The drapes are scrumptious!
(Yes I got your sweet note :)
Love what you did here!
Hugs
Robin
All Things Heart and Home

Scribbler said...

I'd feel like I was in a Paris atelier in this room! No wonder you are so creative -- this place would make the juices flow!

Outstanding!

Scribbler

Cindy said...

Good Morning Chari,
I just e-mailed you. HAGD! Cindy

LdyDy said...

Your new Frency office looks awesome! Love the lamp...it's perfect. I like the way you dressed up your window. Is that metal scroll attached to the window or is it moveable. What a great look! Adds the right touch. Hugs!

Kim @ Manning Family Tree said...

Chari,
I just tagged you for photo tag. Visit my blog at http://manningfamilytree.blogspot.com/2009/06/photo-tag.html. You will find out what you are suppose to do.
Kim

Lady Katherine said...

Oh, you have done wonders with this room! I just love it! I adore the gate behind the wonderful desk! The drapes are gorgeous! Love the lamp! Love all the notes on the gate! So French!

Joyce said...

I love the drapes and the lamp. The drapes were a great deal.
Joyce

Tomarie said...

Hi Chari!
I have just cleaned for 5 solid days straight and I am plum wore out and ready to relax now! lol :-)
Your studio/office is absolutely breathtaking!! I LOVE the antique gate...and am SO amazed at your creativity to use it like that...I would NEVER have thought of that! :-)
Going to the lake this weekend and hope to do NOTHING but read and sit!! :-) Love ya! L~

Sofia Striffler said...

Chari,
I am late in going around but your office turned out just lovely. I love the draperies, great find. Thanks for sharing and thanks for visiting my blog.

Kammy said...

Hey Chari,
I say Ohh Laa Laa to your Frenchy Office, LOL ! It is so rich looking ! I love that headboard thing above the desk and that lamp.....love the books too (I am just learning to do this..) Those curtains would give me the happy dance too !
Hugs ~ Kammy

Barb @ GritsandGlamour said...

Lordy, lordy - how great is this? I just adore that vintage gate behind the vanity. And I heart that lamp. I know you are very proud of how this room turned out.

BTW, I have that same exact vanity. :-)

Also, just wanted to let you know I "tagged" you. If ya' feel like playing, head over to my blog and get the details. :-)

Hugs, Barb

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Chari, this looks fabulous! LUV the garden gate for a memo board. I loved those drapes the first time I saw them, and they weren't even hung yet. And your stamping on the shades is brilliant. What a wonderful place for your own little get away! And you even have pretty flowers on the desk! laurie

Cindy said...

Hi Chari,
I can't find my outgoing e-mail that I sent you. Let me know if you get it, I am having lots of blogger problems. I still love this room so much~ Hugs, Cindy

Room Service ~ Decorating 101 said...

What a great ideal ! I just love it. I will have to remember that one.Thanks for coming by and the sweet note that you left.

Kathysue said...

Hi Chari, Your Frenchy office has turned out wonderfully. What a great place to come and sit and wrtie a letter. Great job and a great use of the space. it really did turn out wonderfully. All of your hard work patience and planning was worth it. Hugs Kathysue

sue said...

Hi Chari! Thanks for the sweet comments on my humble little country home! Yes I really want it painted this year, we used to have dark green shutters and I would settle for that change if I couldn't have the whole house painted. We'll see!
I'm lovin this study of yours, I wish I could transform where I sit at the computer! Love the drapes and the metal gate, so sweet!!!
Good luck with your sale Saturday, I know its alot of work!
TTYL girlfriend! xoxoox