Hope your week is off to a great start. Today, I have five ways to style a secretary that I think you will love. As you scroll through the photos, you’ll see that the upper shelves of this vintage secretary are now full of books I collected from around the house. It’s great having them organized in one place since we don’t have bookshelves in our home. The books also make a pretty backdrop to styling the secretary.
Over the years I’ve decorated the secretary for holidays, with everything from nutcrackers to pumpkins. Now I have a few more decorating options depending on the time of year and entertaining needs.
The secretary was originally designed as a desk for correspondence, keeping ledgers and storage. It makes sense to continue using it for a home office. The normal drudgery of paying bills for me is standing at the kitchen counter. It’s how I roll, but having a lovely place to sit and sort mail is much more pleasant.
I added a couple of baskets for sorting mail and stashed office supplies in the drawers. The desk surface has plenty of room for my laptop, which takes up minimal space anyway. Tucked into the nooks are greeting cards and stationery within easy reach for thank you notes.
The glass mug holds binder clips and the Asian inspired bowl hides rubber bands. You can use your imagination when creating storage containers.
Granted it’s not a very big library since so many of the books I read or listen to are downloaded, but I will always have those special novels I want to keep. Yes I turned the spines to the back because I like the monochromatic look of the white pages. A little eccentric, I know.
There’s something about an open book that lures me to relax and linger.
The sky’s the limit when it comes to themes. The Audubon theme was pulled together with bird books, postcards and binoculars.
Several years ago, I found the framed bird print, at the Audubon House & Gardens while vacationing in Key West. It’s one of my all-time favorite anniversary gifts from my husband and I love the way it looks hanging on the front of the secretary.
Layering a piece of artwork or photo on a bookcase gives the setting a time collected look. Layering also draws the eye to the artwork that might otherwise be overlooked.
I love the idea of an impromptu mini bar, which can be set up in a matter of minutes. Here’s a list of things to pull from the kitchen.
- Grab a kitchen towel and to use as a bar towel
- Gather cocktail or wine glasses
- Use a tray or flat platter to protect the surface of a table or desk (Even a cookie sheet covered with a kitchen towel will do in a pinch.)
- Don’t forget the cocktail napkins or coasters
In the cubby storage, I tucked in a few bottles of tonic water, and as for the booze, I selected Scotch whiskey and gin. If wine is more your thing, set up a wine bar or serve sangria in a pretty glass pitcher.
Display A Collection
Think of a secretary as a cabinet of curiosities. Collections have more impact when grouped together. Ask yourself, what kind of collections do I have that can be revived into a grand display?
The photo of Limoges boxes was created for a post I featured last year, when the second season of Outlander ( on Starz) was set in France. To see the full story and more photos click on Outlander Inspiration.
The premier of Outlander’s third season is only a month away. I can’t wait to see how I can incorporate Outlander into another post. Will Claire and Jamie’s reunion be as romantic as I have imagined? I’m holding my breath!
Before I go I’ll let you in on a secret on how to hanging artwork on a bookcase. I used a 3M Command hook on top of the bookcase a couple of inches away from the front edge, so it would be out of view. Simple!
If you have a desk or bookshelves, I think these ideas might work for you too or at least inspire you to discover your own style. Thank you so much for stopping by.
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