Welcome to Week Two of the One Room Challenge, created and hosted by Linda at Calling it Home. If you missed my Week One post, you can click here to catch up. I must say, I was blown away by the talent demonstrated last week by the other 19 participants in this ORC, and I am thrilled and honored to be along for the ride as we each transform one room in six weeks!
For this challenge, I am decorating my home office, inspired by Lilly Pulitzer’s antique wicker and bentwood desk that I purchased at her estate auction in February, from her very own home office! I love to think of the personal correspondence and business savvy that the Queen of Palm Beach Chic herself created at this desk… and given the condition, there was a lot of inspiration going on here, because it was definitely in need of a fresh coat of paint and some minor repairs. I debated on whether or not to restore the desk, as each of those chips and missing pieces held a special story and place in history, but the paint was really really chippy, and I just couldn’t live with it on a daily basis. So last week, Lilly’s desk received a minor face lift, and she is now resting comfortably in her new home!
As a side note, I must share a fun story. When we took the drawers out of this desk to repaint, I found the following items stuffed in the back…
These whimsical monkeys are so Palm Beach Chic. Monkeys have been affiliated with Palm Beach ever since legendary Palm Beach architect Addison Mizner’s pet spider monkey, Johnnie Brown, became so well known in society that the monkey ran for Mayor! Lilly loved monkeys as well… This was evident at her estate sale, where the following monkeys went on auction.
I also found the perfect desk chair, thanks to the Luxe Girls at Luxe Report Designs. This is a bargain version of the $400 Louis Ghost Chair by Phillipe Starck… I’ll provide a full report as soon as it arrives!
My Notting Hill
The Pink Pagoda
My Sweet Savannah