Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Secretary Desks & A Fun Craigslist Find

There are a handful of inspiration photos I have tucked away for several years that I always come back to - and this stunning living room by Christina Murphy is one of them. I have always been in love with the whole room, and in particular, that black & gold bamboo desk. Utterly chic, non? I have been thinking about how wonderfully a desk would fit into our own family room, a perfect spot for the telephone and the mail to land. Then I started to think, maybe I actually would want a secretary desk, so I could cover up the mess if I wanted to ...  these have long been a 'furniture crush' of mine as well ...

And while I love the look of the full-height cabinet, the spot that I'm thinking of for my own space wouldn't accommodate this. For one thing, there is a light switch that's used daily that would end up behind the cabinet, and I also don't think it would suit the scale of everything else going on in the room. So I started searching for low-height secretary desks, of which there are many handsome options:

1st Dibs has some rather stunning high-end antique options, but they truthfully were way out of my budget range:

1st Dibs - for a pretty price tag of nearly $70,000 CAD

1st Dibs - Just over $10,000 CAD

So I spent months searching some of my regular favorite websites - including my local Craigslist of course. And if you are patient, you can often find a gem! I combined my love of the bamboo look with the low secretary desk (at $200!):

This piece needs work, & new hardware all around, but it's a solid wood antique and I'm in love. Hmmm, maybe I can still achieve the look I lusted after in Christina Murphy's space? 

And I'm realizing more and more from the photos I am saving on my computer that I adore the all-black look:

Ralph Lauren Home via Habitually Chic

So elegant! So what are your thoughts, should I go black and gold? Leave as is? Or something entirely different? I would love to hear your thoughts!



Fabian Wójcik said...

Beautiful! <3

Nora V said...

most definitely paint it black with gold accent.

Anonymous said...

I have seen enough white to last a life time. Black, if you please. It is so much more important. Ann

Donna C. said...

Whole-heartedly love the black with gold accents! Great find!

felice said...

I think it would look fantastic painted black with gold accents! ...and of course if you do not love can always paint it again.

Anonymous said...

Another vote for black and gold.

I really enjoy your's one of the few I still read. Love your style!

swedecollection said...

Congratulations on your great find! From the photos it does look in good shape. If the hardware is original and in good condition, I would not replace it as it is fitting to the style. Once painted the hardware will be fine. I love white but may want to do this in all black with no gold on the bamboo parts. Gold hardware would be enough.

Sue@pineapplehillinteriors said...

Black and gold. It will look beautiful.

Amy, Home Glow Design said...

Adorable! Persistence pays off.

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