With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart: Spruced-Up Blogging Spot

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Spruced-Up Blogging Spot

Sometimes seeing something day-in and day-out causes us to not really notice it at all.  That is what happened in the corner of the living room where my computer is.  Responding to a prompt to post about "Where You blog" gave me opportunity to take a closer look at this oft occupied location.  My place was... sad.  What to do?  Scan the house for inspiration and the possibility of relocating a piece or two of furniture!
Here is what I came up with.
Remember... this is where I began.  I guess I just didn't realize how worn and neglected this once functional desk had become.  And, (coincidentally?) our once-a-month bulk trash pick-up was the next day.  I can not believe how quickly we had this piece at the curb!

Scanning the house, I spied this sofa table that functioned only as a place to drop off books, mail and an occasional camera flash or lens.  It sits a bit high and hasn't much top surface but it just might work.
Ugh!  Spaghetti wires! (and dust).  John set about de-tangling and did a great job by tacking a couple of wires to the surbase and neatly arranging the others.
I had the lace panel from the old desk and used a tension rod to attach it to the underside of the new table to further hide an outlet and the few wires that remained. Since it is a close color match to the wall, it is barely noticeable.
My only purchase was this painting I found at Home Goods.  I had a $40.00 gift card and the painting was $29.00!  It is on a deep-set canvas and could be hung without a frame.  I remembered a frame that held another painting I have had for years.  Because that painting just does not currently work in any place in my home, it has been stored under one of the beds. But the frame added size and character to my new painting. Ages ago I painted the original gold frame a bright white.  Time must have yellowed it because it works in this creamy room.
The printer had to go on the table top but I tried to make it less intrusive with a few accents.
A lamp we bought in Lancaster, PA back in the early 80's. 
A nice wooden file box retrieved from another room because there will always be paper and books here.
I moved this plant stand from across the room to fill the void left from the sofa table.  Pothos does not require much light so it should continue to do well.
Raider seems content with the spruce-up! 

35 comments:

Mildred said...

It looks so pretty Lorraine. I love your idea with the lace panel on the tension rod under the table! I love to shop at Home Goods - that's a very pretty canvas and the frame is just perfect. Raider is so cute watching you from his favorite pillow!

Jan @ bobbypins boardwalk said...

Pretty soon the whole family is going to want to blog, if you continue to make it look so inviting! I also love the lace panel idea as a way to hide the wires. Very clever, LDH!

Ann said...

Your blogging spot is just beautiful. I love the idea of the lace panel to hide the cords. Such a nice touch. Had that old desk gone out to my curb for trash pick up it most likely would have been snagged by a passing motorist. That happens frequently around here...lol That painting looks great over your desk and what a bargain that was.

Lisa said...

I enjoyed your pictures and visiting your site. Hope you enjoy many happy hours at your new area. Lisa

Patti said...

Love your new comp station...very clever way to hid the cords!

Julie said...

Love the new blogging area. My blogging "area" is my laptop in the recliner in front of the TV. I do have a desk but rarely blog there!

Jane said...

Wow! Your "after" is really beautiful. What a pleasure to have a spot like that to blog. I am envious! :)

Dayle said...

Such a huge difference, with just a few changes. Inspiring!

marie said...

What a beautiful change! It's definitely more in keeping with the other photos you've shared of your lovely home.
The lace panel is a really great idea and a wonderful look....and I love the picture you found at Homegoods.
Thanks for sharing ~ Isn't it fun to walk around and "shop" in your own home sweet home!!

Shelia said...

Hi Lorraine! Oh, I love your newly appointed blogging space! Love that desk and how you've decorated it. That's very clever of you to hide the wires behind the lace!
Chloe Dawn sends Raider a little puppy kiss! :)
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Buttercup said...

Looks great. I think I need to re-look at my computer space. I did some reorganizing in the bedroom tonight. Sorted all the scrapbook and Christmas things and have a little less clutter. Feels great!

Susan said...

Oh,LDH, MUCH better. Now you can blog in style. Loved your way to cover the wires. Had to chuckle over those wires. I have the same situation in a couple places in our house. Great idea. Nice job! Susan

Julie Harward said...

I cannot believe the difference! WOW..it looks so nice, a fun place to sit at for sure. Love the lamp too! :D

Paula said...

What a gorgeous transformation. A change that doesn't cost much is so rewarding. I bet you'll spend even more time on the computer. Not sure that's a good thing--but maybe you aren't as addicted as I am.

Tommie Jo said...

What a beautiful transformation! I love that lampshade too...

Entertaining Women said...

Great job, and your lace panel idea is a stroke of genius. Consider that idea stolen as of tomorrow! Thank you for sharing your redo project. You've given yourself a wonderful upgrade on your blogging location. Congratulations! Cherry Kay

Tracy Suzanne said...

Hi Lorraine. Oh' I love the change. The first thing after that painting was the lace curtain panel and knew immediately that you were a genius. What a clever idea and it's looks so good. That print is so peaceful and restful. What a great find. I can't believe that's all you paid for it. But that frame is the just the touch to make it a masterpiece. I would have never know it didn't come together and cost a small fortune. I could've flipped when I saw what you paid for it.

Have a blessed week Sweetie!
Hugs...Tracy :)

Heather said...

I think that looks great I recently did something similar...and I have an area in the living room that could also use this kind of sprucing up. I love the picture it is so pretty.~Great job enjoy your new spot..Love Heather

sewingseeds4U said...

What a beautiful difference it makes and the best part is that you repurposed what you already own and shopped at home. I would be having quite a few cups of coffee in that spot. Patty

Flourchild said...

Wow I love what you did..looks so good and organized!! I love the lamp and the way you hid the cords with the pretty lace material!

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

What a beautiful and feminine looking transformation! I really like the idea of using a lace curtain to hide the wires! They are always a problem.

Dishesdone said...

It looks beautiful! Such a pretty transformation!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

This looks wonderful and I love the transformation you undertook here! Even better that you used what you already had in the house. This looks like a really nice place to sit and work.

Entertaining Women said...

I'm so glad that you came for a visit. We are truly blessed to be special children of our mighty God. Good to know about your Bible study. My time in the Word goes lock step with my level of inner peace. Stop by any time. Cherry Kay

crochet lady said...

Wow, that has made quite a difference! Now, you have such an elegant spot to blog at, i bet you don't want to get up from that little haven.

Walking on Sunshine... said...

It looks so pretty! I love the lace curtain.

The kids and I lit a candle and placed it on our front porch on Saturday. From what I could see not any of our neighbors did it. So sad.

Walking on Sunshine... said...

Does anyone else complain about having a hard time commenting on your blog? I can never see what I'm typing!!! Hope I spelled everything correctly!

Deb said...

It looks so neat!! I want to do something with my blogging space...would love an antique desk to help hide a lot of my junk!!! Your space looks great!

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

Such a beautiful metamorphosis! I have that same tangle of wires under my desk. Even though lace wouldn't work here you've given me some inspiration!

~~Deby said...

What a beautiful change you came up with. I love the idea of using the lace like that to hide things. I hate wires and find I spend so much time trying to not make them noticeable. It doesn't bother my husband, but they sure do me. What a deal on your painting and it is perfect in the frame. Oh, you are going to love spending time on your computer even more. I have blogged with my laptop on my knee...and sitting in my recliner, I don't know if I could even use a regular kepboard again....great job!

Abounding Treasures said...

What a great metamorphosis!! A truly cozy corner!

Laurie said...

This is a beautiful spot now, and I so love it when God shows us how we can use what we already have to transform something in our home! A great metamorphosis!

Sherry from Alabama said...

What an elegant space you created from things you already had! I love the idea of the lace panel to hide the wires.

Sherry @ A Happy Valentine

Daisy said...

oh wow - you did an amazing job at the spruce up :) I LOVE that painting (I'm a big fan of Home Goods too) - and what a fab idea to add the frame!! It's perfect!

A Quiet, Gracious Life said...

Wow, the change you made is *lovely*! And I love the tension rod/lace curtain idea, thank you for sharing it. (o:

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