work hard, baby.

Our-Desk-Nook

when we were first married, Jord and i took a trip to IKEA in Minneapolis and kind of went nuts buying stuff for our first place together as a married couple. even though Jord and i lived together for a year before we were married (gasp!), we wanted our first apartment as marrieds to feel more like us instead of reflecting the hand-me-down, have-to-wash-the-dishes-because-we-only-have-four-bowls type of aesthetic we had going on. anyway, one of the pieces that we purchased was IKEA’s Micke desk in black-brown. it was cheap, it was a two-person desk, and it had a smaller footprint – win x3.

however, as any wife of a devoted video-gamer knows, husbands who game are hard on desks, and ours was no exception. in short, the seven thousand glass-rim drink marks and the twelve attempts to touch up the finish of the desk with a Sharpie were no longer endearing. we had also since become a one-computer family, so the need for the two-person desk had expired. once we crossed the threshold of our new home, i set out to convince Jord of our dire need for a new desk.

after much begging and pleading, he begrudgingly agreed to pick up a desk that i found (and loved) at Target. this desk, which was by Threshold and came in a variety of colors, was my pick for its simplistic look. while i desperately wanted a parson’s desk this time around, i didn’t like the price tag of an authentic model, so i looked for something with simple lines that still offered a bit of storage. Jord picked the desk up in white, and i set out to build it.

an hour (and a glass of wine) later, we had a brand new desk with nary a Sharpie touch-up in sight:

Our-Desk-Nook

cute, right? don’t mind the fact that i installed the foot ledge backwards…you aren’t supposed to be able to see the hardware, but since i’m a self-professed rookie at building things, you, like my husband, should let this little oversight slide.

to accompany the desk, i took possession of a chair (in a bronze finish) that originally sat at my aunt’s dining table and had since made its way into my father’s garage, waiting for a home. i recovered the chair (with the help of my father-in-law’s staple gun, a yard of fabric and a square of batting from JoAnn’s, and the stapling assistance of my husband) in a graphic grey and white upholstery-grade fabric. add a few knick-knacks (the Princess House jar is full of wicker decorative balls from Target, and the gold sea urchin is also a Target find by Nate Berkus), and our desk nook has personality.

i have big plans for this space, including hanging some cork squares, adding a USA map to track our family travels, and painting the walls, among other things, but i’m delighted with the space for now.

About Sara

Sara works in higher education, but she's most proud of her role as a Mama to two precocious boys, Lionel Conner, age 4, and Quincy August, age 2. In honor of turning 30 in 2016, she pierced her nose to "keep her young." She loves watching guilty-pleasure television, writing about motherhood, decorating her first home, sipping red wine with her husband Jordan, and chasing after her sons.

2 Responses to work hard, baby.

  1. valery January 15, 2014 at 1:51 PM #

    oohh that desk is perfect! I’m actually loving it in Walnut but your white looks great in the space!

    • Sara January 15, 2014 at 2:08 PM #

      thank you! we hope to lighten up the wall color eventually as well, so we think white will transition well, no matter what paint color we pick :)