Saturday, May 31, 2014

My Office And A Happy Accident



Hi, everyone!  Last time I showed you my new little blue bench, here...




...and how I placed it in front of the wicker settee in the office.




I showed you a 'sneak peek' of some more changes, so now I'll share what happened.




Ever have a 'happy accident'?

I got this drawer unit a couple of years ago in Amish country.  It's been in the sun room but I started to change some things around in there, so Keith helped me move it into the office as a temporary holding area until I decided what to do with it.  I was even thinking of taking it to the shop to sell.




We just so happened to put it next to the wicker loveseat, and it ended up backwards, by accident.




Hmmm....this got my wheels spinning!

As you can see, the front of the drawers are more of a solid dark green; the back side has these great variations of blues and greens and the patina on the drawers is amazing! (For those of you that love shabby and chippy like me :)

Even though the backs of the drawers don't have pulls or labels, the blues and greens coordinated so nicely with my little pale blue bench that I decided to leave the unit there and keep it backwards!  I won't tell if you won't. ;)




Then I remembered an old door that I had bought a few weeks ago.  I had stashed it in my basement until I figured out what to do with it.

(This door had me at 'patina'!!)




I hung a little twig wreath on it, propped it on the drawer unit, and found that the colors echo each other perfectly-a match made in heaven!




(The huge no. 3 was purchased from a friend's shop awhile ago...I always love a touch of whimsy! :)




To the top of the drawers I added a wire basket filled with vintage linens...




I just found this one the other day and thought it was fun because of the green color, and also because I live near Akron!




Then I added a pitcher filled with flowers on a pedestal to round out the vignette.




 I think the lighter tones of the linens and the pitcher contrast nicely against the painted wood.




Now our office has many touches and shades of blue...




...all thanks to a happy accident!




I appreciate you stopping by!




Have a fantastic week :)



53 comments:

  1. Love your office and your happy accident! Your blog always inspires me to try new things.

    Donna

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  2. Susan,
    OMG I love this. How perfect that fits being backwards. Love that patina door too. Awesome!
    Have. Great Sunday.
    Kris

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  3. Hi Susan, The drawer unit is just wonderful. I've never seen one with such a great back. The large number 3 and the old door were great finds too. Your office is very lovely.
    Have a sunny Sunday!
    Julia

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  4. That really was a happy accident! I love how it looks facing backwards. It goes great with your cute little bench, too. xo Diana

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  5. That was a happy accident!
    Hope you are enjoying the weekend.

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  6. Your office looks so cosy and French, very similar style to my office which I still haven't posted the reveal, as in mine is French style. I wish I could fit a sofa in mine but its tiny and I have had to put my latest purchase, (a chair) in front of a cupboard to be able to accommodate it....I didn't measure it properly, it was meant to be for behind my desk but it is too big proportion wise to my desk.

    I do love the relaxed look your room has.

    Lee :)

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  7. That is indeed a happy accident. Love the shades of blue and green. Great office space.

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  8. A new spin on repurposing! Now you've got me looking around for anything in the cottage I could flip. ;)
    LOVE all the patina and texture in this room! And your little blue bench was such a perfect find. Wishin' I could find one just like it!!!
    Have a happy one, Susan!
    Lin

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  9. I agree, it's perfect and wonderful colors.

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  10. Very pretty, Susan! I love the look with the door added in, too. Happy accidents are the best. I've had them happen every so often myself and it's always like a "why didn't I think of that before" moment. Love that large #3, too.

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  11. love the entire look! light, clean & refreshing ~ makes me happy use looking at your little space :)
    L

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  12. What a beautiful space. Is that a sun porch? The windows remind me of a porch. I love the way you've fixed it up with the colorful drawers and all those pillows.

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  13. Susan,
    A happy accident = delightful artful display. I love the big 3, well everything ... Happy accident or thought out display everything in the room is lovely. The faded color patina of drawer backs is gorgeous.
    XO,
    Vera

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  14. This looks so pretty, Kris! But with your wonderful decorating and display skills...it was no accident...you see things in a different way!

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  15. What a great discovery! I really like the XL number 3 above the settee though. It helps break up the blocks, pillows and books. It's perfect there!

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  16. Love the way it all came together! Looks amazing!

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  17. I love it backwards better! Looks just fabulous there, too. Happy accidents are indeed the best -- what a wonderful work space for you!

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  18. Oh my gosh, what a PERFECT accident!

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  19. The whole arrangement looks fabulous together. Gets me inspired.. as for the Akron linen - I live outside Akron also and would have picked that up also..

    Thanks for sharing and I am now a new follower.

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  20. Love your happy accident! The color and patina are just perfect.
    Your office looks amazing!
    Hugs,
    Patti

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  21. What a Great Accident! Love the drawer unit no matter which way it sits! And that #3, well, it's just delicious :) Enjoy a wonderful week. Oh and I finally displayed the door plate I purchased from your etsy shop, you should stop by sometime and check it out! Blessings, Cindy

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  22. Can I just say Awe! I love your space every inch!

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  23. Everything looks perfect! Nice accident:)

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  24. Don't you just love those "unintended consequences" !!!...What great colors and patina...the piece looks fabulous in the room...and heart, heart that door...always love your changes throughout the house!!

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  25. Susan, That little accident turned out beautifully. I love the old door behind it. xoxo,Susie

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  26. Beautiful! And it really looks different turned around like that. I need to go and check behind some of my furniture :) I love the whimsy! I love the patina! I love it all!

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  27. What a happy perfect accident...love it!! I also love the old door and that number 3.
    hugs,
    Cindy

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  28. love it all!
    about the drawers: you could add some simple pulls to the back and make them functional from that side too. =)

    blessings
    barb

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  29. Awesome! I love anything with drawers and that piece is just amazing - from front or back! And the door is so perfect with it! So fun when things come together like that! Love all the textures you have mixed up in there too - just delightful :)

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  30. Love it all, especially your backwards drawers. Accidents can be a good thing!!

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  31. FABULOUS!!! You know I'm in love with all the patina, chippy paint, and wonderful colors showing through! The huge "3" looks wonderful in its new spot. What's not to love?!
    Mary Alice

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  32. That really IS a happy accident. I love the water color-y feel of the drawers and the door. What a lovely combination with your other pretty things!

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  33. I wonder how they would look with a variety of knobs!

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  34. i love the backside showing better, too, susan! it fits so well with the wicker, and the door patina and the big #3 finishes the corner off perfectly:)

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  35. I love happy accidents...and touches of blue :) Looks great!

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  36. WHAT????????????? You live near Akron? As in Ohio? Where? I am from Wickliffe but lived in Fairlawn for about five years. Beautiful neck of the woods. By the way - I love your patina'd look here. Fabulous.
    SuZeQ

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  37. I love all the chippyness in the room, and that little blue bench is just too darn cute. Sometimes accidents turn out the best, just live in this lovely room. I'd use the backside too, what great color. You know you really are lucky you live so far from me....that's all I got to say!

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  38. Love this!!!! Those colors, that patina, drool!

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  39. Susan, I love this mistake!!! The pops of color are so great and they are warn and have so much charm. The door behind it really makes everything come together!!

    Cynthia

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  40. Hi Susan, the little mistake came out looking so nice! I love the way the room looks so comfy and cozy! I hope all is well and always love to see what you are decorating. Have a nice week.
    Julie

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  41. LOL -- that IS a great mistake! So where on earth did the towels come from? I grew up in Akron, Ohio so that Akron Towel Supply caught my eye!

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  42. Pretty bench in front of your settee and love your decorating style.
    Hugs, Lynnie

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  43. Oh my, how cute. I love the back side of it with the door.

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  44. I just love when things like that happen!! It all looks so pretty!!

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  45. I wish my back had patina like that - beautiful.

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  46. Oh Susan,
    Your office space excites way more then your visit to mine. I love all the muted colours that blend seamlessly. Do those drawers pull out in the direction that they sit right now? If so could you take the knobs off and place them on the side that shows now and use the unit with the new colourfull faces? If not reverse them pull the drawer out and turn them around placing the knobs on this beautiful side of your chippy patina side? It's so much fun when we discover these little surprising mishaps that turn out to be a great design style :)
    I have the two drawer chest that is to low for most places of use and one day after having the piece over 30 years it dawned on me that the chest of drawers in a finished piece all the way around it making it a chest that can float in a rooms center or coming up behind it and because of it being a finished chest it allowed me to be able to replace my coffee table with it and use the chest as a coffee table trunk/chest of storage in front of my sofa in a small room allowing extra lap throws, and note paper and pens for quick thoughts that need to be written down at a moments thought.

    I just love when mistakes turn out this way. Your little space of usefulness and it's little treasures charm. In fact we have similar taste in collecting. Like your cement pedestal, the white jug, the wire basket, the door, and typography number 3. I love your style and find it so calming with your chippy patina.

    Beautiful weekend to you and all it inspires.
    See you soon my dear.
    Xx

    Dore

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  47. Happy accidents are absolutely the best! Beautiful as always! xo Jen

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  48. Oh my goodness, I LOVE that little spot! The books, the pillows, the chippy blue bench, the chippy door, and swoon of all swoons, that cute little drawer unit with all the colors. LOVE. ~Angela~

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  49. What a great accident - love all the colors of the drawers.

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  50. Sometimes I'm a little late in catching up, but when I read this, I just had to leave a comment - it looks so good! I love your happy accident and how it's all pulled together now - just a perfect mix of those distressed blues (and greens). Love it.

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