I didn’t plan to carry on with the travel theme, it just sort of happened.
One of my fave customers came by to pick up the Duncan Phyfe buffet, and as she was getting ready to leave she just happened to ask if I had any desks. She was looking for a specific style, and showed me a pin from pinterest. It is a unique style, and it was just an amazing coincidence that I had a very similar desk on hand. I’m sure she totally expected me to say no.
It was tucked away in the creepy lean-to storage area of the Carriage House waiting for inspiration to strike.
As you can see, she had to have amazing powers of imagination to see that this could turn into something fab. She also had to brave potential spiders and bad lighting.
She told me that I could do what I wanted with it as long as I painted it white. I had been thinking of white anyway, so I was more than willing to bend my ‘no custom work’ rule. And here is the result.
I knew I wanted to put some sort of vintage paper at the backs of the cubbies, and the knobs inspired me to use old maps.
The maps came out of the Putnam Handy Volume Atlas of the World from 1922.
I picture a young woman from the 1920’s sitting at this desk planning her grand tour of Europe. She has her Europe map hanging on the wall, and her luggage is piled up and ready to go.
She’s making notes about the Doge’s Palace in Venice and Notre Dame de Paris in her journal. Perhaps she’ll visit the Leaning Tower of Pisa, and hopefully the Tower of London. Handsome Italian men will try to sweep her off her feet at the Spanish Steps in Rome.
She has plenty of film and her cameras are ready to go.
I hope that this desk inspires some travel, or at least a sense of adventure in its recipient.
Don’t you sort of wish you had a trip to plan now?