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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Work Horse!

Arriving On Crooked Creek , we have been abundantly blessed!
Our 1970's Ranch Style home contains four bedrooms ~
three of which are located on the upper level.

Directly across from the Master Bedroom ~ and facing the neighborhood lined cul~de~sac is our Work Horse!

Work Horse in this context refers to our home office On Crooked Creek!

This room houses and eclectic mix of furnishings, "Mr.Ed" and I spent many weekends armed with paint brushes, drop cloths and stencils until all the mismatched pieces had a unified decor look!

A Montgomery Ward, maple, Early American desk purchased early in our marriage for "Mr. Ed's" desk. The bottom half was painted black on the back, sides and behind the drawer fronts. The open hutch was made by our son in his early years of Shop class from scrap pine and received a complete coat of black paint. "Mr. Ed" backed the hutch with pine paneling to mimic one I had seen at our local Ethan Allen show room.

All the shelves are filled with the necessary items to keep our Work Horse running in top shape! This is the look we put together after arriving On Crooked Creek. . .

. . .here a more streamlined look after the new carpet was installed in 2011!

Yes! We still use an answering machine!

Housed behind these "stable doors" of the armoire is our computer, copier, and some filing drawers! The vignette atop the armoire was changed to feature the two of us. The storage boxes hold keepsake cards, graduation and wedding announcements.

My Moma's love seat! An heirloom piece that had rolling casters until "Mr. Ed" changed out the legs!  The throw and pillows camouflage the worn cushions!

The living room coffee table turned sideways makes a perfect side table for the love seat. This is a great place to read a book and there's just enough room for a cup of coffee or tea!

This VCR cabinet contains stationary. . .occasional cards, note pads and Christmas cards! This is how the cabinet was staged when we arrived On Crooked Creek. . .

and here's the change since the Fall of 2011!

 Seating changes came about after I began having back problems. On Crooked Creek left the "old grey mares" behind. . . 

and in their place is a new, more sleek, saddle back desk chair

that fits my back to a "T"!

From paying the bills, to checking e~mails...designing and posting my blog, and hearing from all of you. This home office gets a work~out every day On Crooked Creek. Therefore the name Work Horse lovingly applies!

Until next time. . .


Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

Good ole Montgomery Ward. How much my parents were always ordering from the catalogue! You have done a great job to make a comfort work environment.

Martha said...

I love your Work Horse room and how you tied everything together so perfectly. I especially love the updates!

podso said...

Pat your office looks so efficient and organized. It all goes together so well. Thanks for the tour!!

EllenaElizabeth said...

Lovely home, thanks for sharing.

Shelia said...

Hi Pat! Oh, your office looks great! I've got a few things from Montgomery Ward! I haven't thought of that store in ages!
Now your hutch above your desk looks so pretty and neat! Love your new chair too!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Marlis said...

You have a lovely office from which to work.. Your designing skills really came out to play! Love your look in there.. xo marlis

Babs said...

Your 'work horse' looks perfect and that nifty chair looks so comfy. It's nice when a home has so many things with special your desk.
Have a great weekend,

bj said...

I really enjoyed seeing more of your pretty home.
Love the home office, too. :)
xo bj

funny about you not liking hash. It was my favorite way with roast back in the day and Mr. Sweet and I still love it.

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

Enjoyed seeing your office Pat. Everything is so organized. I'm afraid mine isn't blog worthy at all! I should get one of those desk chairs.

Happy Weekend!