Thursday, August 23, 2012

A Texas Inspired Office

Here's a few more pics of Nate's office redo ~ see part one here.  Literally, there was no budget to work with so I had to think creatively and pull from things he already had or from things I had in storage. His primary requests for the space were 1.) It had to reflect his love for Texas.  2.) He wanted it to pay tribute to his mom and dad (Nana and Papa) and 3.) Nate is one sentimental fella, so everything in the space had to have a story or special meaning.   I did my best to fulfill the requests.  The taxidermied bullfrog was a souvenir from Corbin's trip to Honduras.  The framed poem ~ "A Tribute to Nana and Papa" was a Christmas gift to Nate from Gavin. 


Texture played a key role in revitalizing the office.  Wonderfully worn rugs, leather, rattan poufs and an iron star, (Reagan displayed this in his home when he lived in South Dakota), go a long way to adding Texas flair.    

Fun Facts:  The American flag flew over the White House and was presented to Papa, while the brass eagle use to reside in Papa's office.  The bookcase was crafted by a friend and was part of his dad's office for years.  The shepherd's staff was gifted to Nate from some guy friends he mentors.  

The oversized map belonged to friends as well ~ a family piece from the 1950's.  They generously passed it on to me.  The handmade rocker belonged to Nate's mom ~ a family heirloom ~ Nana was rocked in it as a baby.  The vintage lamp came from Canton and the uber cool, blue and green chair came from Lula B's

I hope you enjoyed a glimpse into Nate's office redo and I hope you stop by again soon!

Monday, August 13, 2012

A Shelf Solution

For the last few days, I've been busying myself with the redo of my hubby's office.  I'm sharing a sneak peak of the space, specifically featuring a shelf I made for one wall.  

I needed a ledge of some sort for display for one side of the room.  I also wanted to infuse some weathered wood in the office.  So I decided to fashion a shelf from a section of an old gate I purchased from a friend about a year ago.

The section of the gate was the exact length I needed and it had a beautiful weathered texture.  For an added bonus, it's original hardware sported a wonderfully aged patina. 

As you will read about in an upcoming post, Nate specifically wanted to incorporate his love for Texas in the space, so I opted to hang the shelf with iron brackets that incorporated the Lone Star of Texas on them.

I didn't snap before pics, but the brackets were originally white.  I spray painted them with a flat black paint to better suit the feel I was wanting to achieve for the office.

*Note the photo below and the angled shot of the finished product ~ allowing you to see the underside of the shelf and brackets as well as a semi view of the display.  

The rest of Nate's office redo will be forthcoming.  I hope you are having a splendid week!  See you soon ~ XO ~ Dana.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Hang It Up!

I love hanging with my guys ~ meaning my three sons, Reagan, Corbin and Gavin.  And nothing thrills me more than to help them out with their spaces ~ whether it's with their room at home,  a college dorm or their apartment.  It seems I've been doing a lot of that lately.  One particular art installation I thought was pretty cool was this wall of vintages hangers I put up at Reagan's place ~ an ode to the suits in Mad Men.  I'm digging the way the hangers cascade down from the ceiling.

A DIY project doesn't get much easier than this.  I simply used vintage wooden hangers and randomly arranged them on a wall.  I attached with them with nails so the hanger would rest on the nailhead (directly beneath the hook part of the hanger).

Reagan popped in some photos, a postcard from my recent trip to Paris and a script from his acting days.  You could choose whatever memorabilia of your own to personalize your space.  Happy hanging!
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