Then it hit me......WARMTH!
I realized that I staged the space as I would if I were putting the house on the market! There weren't any real personal items that gave me that warm and cozy feeling! And I realized why!
I had been in the Real Estate world for years. I have known that the editing of "Personal" things is a must when staging a home. Without thinking, that's the way I accessorized my new Office! Except for the pictures of the Garden City Hotel, and the Johnny's Dock menu, there was nothing of Me in the space!
I held my breath and YES brought out the FAMILY!!! I knew I wouldn't hang them as a gallery or focal point. I'm of the old school that family pictures are best left in the private areas of a home. A Portrait of good ole "Uncle John" hanging over the fireplace looking down at everyone! No, no that's not what I wanted! That is why I didn't add them to begin with. My office is at the end of the kitchen and is visible from the front door!! NOT PRIVATE.
I rearranged the pretties, edited a few, and added small framed pictures I had of our family, in a subtle fashion. I think I got everyone in!!! Please no complaints!
I have a great view from my desk. I look out at a vista of trees and the Golf Course, when most of the trees loose their leaves. I was in love with the manner I had hung my Garden City Hotel pictures on the wall unit, and wanted to continue that design on the window wall. There is a 6 inch window frame separating the three windows. I discovered that if I was very careful I could hang three items that mean all the world to me on those two frames. One is a caricature drawn of my Dad and the other two are just as unique and very special. MC many Anniversaries ago gave me a print, by Robert Sexton, of an elderly couple walking hand and hand into the future. Oh I love that so, so much. My Brother, Bobby, loved it also and ordered one for his wife as a gift. But, he did more. He loves art and photography. In 2008 he was in a park, saw a couple walking and immediately snapped their picture. It was the COUPLE! He Photoshopped his picture, had it printed on canvas, and gave me the third treasure, as a gift!
What better place for Daddy's favorite caricature
that he drew of Harry Truman
I have not lost one speck of my view .....instead...the view is enhanced with my three treasures!
I have so many new readers and some might not realize the scope of MC's work. He has a growing following, Groupies, and they need to see all his work!!! No, he is not for hire, not yet anyhow!
Not sure you really want him!!!! He works in a very meticulous manner, at his own speed. He loves to create something out of nothing! Most of his work is done with what I call a MacGyver work style.
THIS IS HIS FIRST PIECE.
IT WAS BUILT AS A SOFA TABLE AND ACTUALLY HAS BEEN USED AS SUCH
THIS IS ACTUALLY AN 8' x30" DOOR
THAT HE MADE INTO A DINING ROOM TABLE.
IT'S NOW MY DESK!
THIS IS A MASTERPIECE
HE CONSTRUCTED THE ENTIRE WALL UNIT
ADDED THE MIRROR
HE ALSO BUILT THE COFFEE TABLE WITH THE MIRROR TOP
He didn't build this chest (it was my Lane Hope Chest from 1956
HE DID REFINISH IT
A little more bragging! He has installed many, many Chandeliers!!! He's great at this and has it down to a science!
One thing he always keeps in mind while planning a project.......he builds it to be CHANGEABLE. He knows me all too well! Who knows when I will decide to use something in a different fashion!!!
I can't imagine the fireplace wall used in any other manner, but he did the Office wall unit with change possible!!!!