August 6th, 2013

Change of Scenery

Courtesy of September Elle Decor

I don’t need a vacation. And this is a good thing since my younger daughter refuses to leave her horse for even a day so we can go away. Honestly, I spend so much time at horse shows here and upstate, being home is actually nice.

What I do need is to shake-up my work space. Working from the kitchen table is getting old, fast. So, I am reclaiming our formal dining table that seats 12 (and is currently folded up and being used as a side table) and putting it in the den. It will provide a large surface area to put out all the magazines, news papers, and other bits and bobs that are inspiration for future posts. My scanner can be out and ready too.

In the process I will need to do a major, and long overdue, clean out. And that’s not a bad thing either.

I gave away all my Mies van der Rohe chairs from my office at Harper’s Bazaar, kind of wish I had them now…


what's new


Reversible shearling coat


Frayed checked cotton-blend tweed skirt


Shearling sneakers


Tiered ruffled silk crepe de chine mini dress


Buckle kitten-heel leather pumps


Cornelia double-breasted cotton trench coat


Nutson broderie anglaise ramie blouse


Jane cross-strap stud-embellished sandals


Tuxedo box clutch


Nolia crepe midi dress


Stretch-suede 70mm bootie


Felix large leather and suede shoulder bag

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  • I run my law practice out of my home – 1/2 the downstairs, the former living and dining room. It works out well and in a small town environment, clients are quite comfortable with it. I used to wish I had a more open floor plan, rather than the traditional set up I have. But with the office, the separate rooms work great. I installed French doors and it really separates the office from the living areas. Best part is, I have an impressive space which I would never be able to justify the cost of in a commercial lease.

    AprilAugust 6th, 2013  9:41 AM

  • You gave away your Mies chairs?!? What a generous friend 😉

    I need to redo my office space too. I am lucky enough to live in a brownstone with a few little “hall rooms” to spare so it’s all mine, but quite tiny. Although that makes it easy to make over. Thanks for the inspiration!

    joannawnycAugust 6th, 2013  12:01 PM

  • I know, I work from the edge of my bed, I need a better mini-home office. Preston, I sent you an email, please reply when you have a moment.
    My best,

    AnitaAugust 6th, 2013  12:40 PM

  • I recently retired from teaching high school English and the first project I set for myself was cleaning out my den. It took me three weeks of sorting, shifting, re-reading old stuff that I hadn’t looked at in years and making piles of “keep,” “give away,” and “junk.” I removed all evidence of “work”, bought new pictures for the walls and filled my bookshelves with my journals and travel books. My desk is finally clean; instead of piles of essays that never seem to diminish, I see copies of the latest Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar awaiting my perusal. My cork board no longer holds teaching timetables and department budgets but a selection of family and travel snapshots, snippets from magazines about books I want to read or photos of outfits I like. Sigh…it’s heaven.

    Sue BAugust 6th, 2013  2:12 PM

  • Downsizing EVERYTHING, including the house! So my summer has been devoted to similar goals….what I love is finding something I had completely forgotten that I had, and feeling like I just bought myself a new treat!!!! Or a new use for something old….fun!!!

    SheriAugust 6th, 2013  4:38 PM

  • I work from home too but I sit on a fitness ball instead of a chair. Cheaper and better for your back/posture!

    DisneyrollergirlAugust 7th, 2013  4:23 AM


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