Pomp And Circumstance

Searching For The Perfect Desk

Posted in D.I.Y., Decor Files by Miss Circumstance on January 28, 2013

So this crazy lady walked into a bar…….a furniture bar. And by furniture bar I mean store. And by crazy lady I mean me.

I have been hunting, searching, obsessing, going mentally bonkers over trying to find the right desk for my boys. I don’t want to be doing this. I want to find one. I want to just pick one! And be done! But nothing is quite right.

It needs to be long (close to 70″), not too deep (maybe 24″??), and hopefully have some kind of storage or drawers. And, I would like to not pay more than $200. I sound like the dummies on Selling New York who tell their Real Estate Agent they want a fireplace, a view, a doorman, two bedrooms, two bathrooms, all in Manhattan, for under one million. What am I smoking???

I thought this might work-

Cost Plus World Market Campaign Desk

I like the look, but in person it was really rickety, and the drawer was like an inch deep. Basically zero storage. Mashugana. I’m trying to avoid Ikea, because I’m hoping to find something with a bit more character. I’m probably looking at a DIY. I googled “long skinny desk”, and this is by far the weirdest picture that came up-


That’ll keep ya up at night.

I have looked at Goodwill probably 16 times, and visited local vintage furniture stores. I indeed feel like a crazy person, who will end up rocking back and forth perched on the edge of my couch chewing my nails, muttering “must find desk” over and over again.

For awhile I looked for a couple of filing cabinets that I could paint or makeover, and put a nice piece of wood or old table top over the top of them, but that has kind of bombed out.

I like the look of this, but maybe with some amazing brass hardware instead of those brushed stainless ones-

I would like to keep my sanity and find a desk soon……any ideas???

Adding A Little Something

Posted in Circumstance's Home, Decor Files by Miss Circumstance on January 11, 2013

IMG_0210Every year at Christmas time, when it comes time to put all the finer things in place that came my way, I can’t seem to just put them away. I have to do them justice, which usually means things like re-arranging and editing an entire closet in order to accommodate some new pants and shoes, needing to purchase a new desk because my boys now have new art supplies and it makes me realize how horribly disorganized their current desk is……you get the idea.

My mom got me those twig stick hurricane candle holders from One Kings Lane, and they didn’t fit on the old table, so I moved some things around. I actually would probably never have picked them out for myself, but they are the perfect thing for that spot- a little rustic and cozy and natural, next to the glossy vase and shiny brass. Those brass nesting tables are the ones I got from the Goodwill where my friend (who’s a dude mind you) asked what I was going to be doing to make over their hideousness. I just responded by dropping my jaw and widening my eyes. Enough said.

My two books that I am so excited to read through sit their waiting for me. One morning I will sit with a blanket and a large latte in my orange velvet chair and read them.


Update: Goodwill Tables

Posted in Decor Files by Miss Circumstance on October 5, 2011

I forgot to tell you that after a goodwill hunting day, where several items were scouted and shared here, I ended up going back to get the set of faux-bamboo gold nesting tables. The best part is my dude friend’s comment of “What were you gonna do to those ugly side tables to make them over?”. Nothing dear Watson. Absolutely nothing.

And now that I’ve seen these pictures I’ll be adding “fix and hide cords” to my to-do list.

Goodwill Hunting: Wicked Awesome Stuff at Goodwill Day

Posted in Decor Files by Miss Circumstance on July 8, 2011

Today the Goodwill gods where shining upon me. Too bad I didn’t actually need any of it. And too bad I don’t have funds right now in the “save it for a rainy day” category. So I took pictures of all the things that would have come home with me should I have needed them.

The structure of this table is awesome, and would look so pretty sanded and painted white, pale grey, Tiffany blue, mint green….something like that. Oh- not all those colors. Just one.

Is this a charging station?? I don’t know. But I liked it’s super shiny grey lacquered-ness.

These chairs were only 8 bucks each!! Can you believe that? I have paid so much more for ones so similar. Painted and re-upholstered, either in something subtle and beautiful like this:

Premier Prints Twill Chipper White/Storm Grey

Or something colorful and eye-popping, like this-

Anthropologie Calandria Armchair, Longshore

This puppy was huge. And it had a friend.

Here he is with his cousin, Mr. Sidetable. Who would look sweet and sort of Moroccan, painted, in a room that can handle his weighty-ness.

These were only 5.25 for the pair! Used as bookends- golden.

And these are the ones that got away. I’m totally kicking myself for not buying them. $25 for four gold faux-bamboo nesting tables?! Mashugana.

Before and After: Chandelier

Posted in Before and After, Circumstance's Home, Decor Files by Miss Circumstance on May 16, 2011

I finally finished this chandelier that I blogged about, oh, like 6 months ago. I pretty much love it. I think I’ll get sick of the color after a while, but for now it’s a fun addition to the kitchen. And no harm no foul since it was given to me by a friend who was about to send it to the Goodwill. Might be a minor foul to the husband who spent about four hours on Mother’s Day trying to change out the wiring and the chain so it would hang at the right height.

Before And After: TV Trays

Posted in Before and After, Decor Files by Miss Circumstance on May 4, 2011

Am I slightly obsessed with the Goodwill?? You bet your Vuitton. I love the hunt, and taking something old and ug-to-the-lee and making it into something pretty and unique. And, ahem, it’s cheap.

A little blue tape, spray primer, and Krylon Coral Isle Spray Paint and booyah- done.

The Man Cave: Breakdown and Sources

Posted in Decor Files, P&C Portfolio by Miss Circumstance on April 15, 2011

The Charge: create a space where teenage and not-so-teenage dudes can flop down, hang out, and play video games, whilst also allowing for overnight guests. So the couch HAD to be a futon or convertible sofa. So that’s where I started.

It was important to pick the couch first, because depending on the fabric and style that was chosen, it would dictate the fabric and style of the rest of the pieces. And there are way less choices in futons and convertible things. But I actually love the one I picked. I love the over-sized tufting and whiskey colored leather, while the shiny chrome base bring the modern in. And I got the flop-down-and-let-out-a-wierd-uuuuuuhhhhh grunt of approval on the comfort factor from the dude. So I took that as a thumbs up.

I originally wanted to go with a round coffee table to break up the shapes, but I found this one at a yard sale for $10. Uh, sold. It would have ben too much brown and too heavy if I left the whole thing how it was, so I painted the under side a very pale grey to lighten it up. The top is all uneven and imperfect. I like that. It looks natural and organic. It ended up working better than a round because the space is super tight. I don’t think a round would have actually fit as well.

The ottomans in there all double as seats, should there be some huge shooting tournament or something.

Silver pouf too girly for a man-cave? I think not. Only if I refer to it as a pouf. No poufing. I wanted something shiny and reflective to un-dull it up.

This thing was my token piece of awesomeness. I thought it was just a cool sculptural piece of wood until I brought it up to the register and the guy said “Isn’t that a cool tooth??”. It’s a tooth. And it actually has a little plaque on it with some random dentist’s name on it. But I like oddities like that. And this family appreciates oddities.

SIDE NOTE: I had the most awkward 15 second dance party with this guy ever. I was asking him a question at the counter and that Madonna Justin Timberlake song came on, and I said “oh I love this song”, and sang the friky friky part. Then he sang “four minutes what”. Then we sat there for a second and I said “ok bye”, and left. But I now feel like we have crossed a barrier in the customer-owner world and I will get to know him better. There’s no going back. We had a moment.

So, in a nut shell, I pay attention to material and texture when I am choosing pieces. Leather couch, wood table, metallic non-pouf, metal side table, ceramic drum stool thing, shiny white modern lacquer, natural seagrass, etc. That is what helps bring dimension to a room and keep it from feeling dull. I kept the main pieces pretty neutral and brought color in the pillows. They are easy to change if you get bored.

Oh….the paint! I was really excited about how the paint turned out.

I wanted to create the sense of more architecture, which kind of brought in a library like feel to me. So we just used Frog Tape and paint. That’s it. It’s just taped off. And I looove this paint color. (listed below). See more pictures of the Man-Cave here.


Couch- Overstock

Pillows- Hand made DIY

Wall Art- Kiki and Polly (Etsy)

Rug- Ikea

Coffee table, yellow candle holders, lamp, chairs – Thrifted/Second Hand (Good call  Rufus’ Food and Spirit Guide guy)

Ceramic Stool/Side Table- Ross

Circle Side Table- Marshall’s

Media Console- Ikea

Hanging Pendant Light- DIY

Metallic Pouf- Nate Berkus for HSN

Number Ottomans- Thrifted DIY

Paint- Martha Stewart Rain Water

Before And After: Goodwill Ottomans

Posted in Before and After, Decor Files by Miss Circumstance on March 28, 2011

These babies are also in Miss Divine’s downstairs manly area. I wanted to bring a little youth-y playfulness since there is a smelly teenage boy who will spending a lot of time in this room (just kidding M- you are not smelly. In fact you are very well-groomed and bathed. But in my head boys who have a room to hang out and game in, sit around and fart all day openly and freely.)

This is a pretty easy 1-2-3 job

1- Removed cushions and spray painted frame

2- Recovered cushions with staple gun and grey linen

3- Printed out numbers on the computer, traced around them in pencil directly on the recovered cushion, drew a circle around the number using a bowl as my guide, and painted it in with fabric paint

There you have it…

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Sneak Peek

Posted in Before and After, Decor Files by Miss Circumstance on January 28, 2011

I am working on a room for a client (we’ll call her Miss Divine, cause she is oh-so-divine) where we are repurposing a lot of used furniture. This is one of my favorite things to do, because I love seeing things for beyond their current state of shabbiness, and creating and transforming them into their new state of bomb-ness. Fun for me and my clients, bummer for my husband and my teeny garage. Here is a sneak peek into the “before’s”-

These I got from the Goodwill for $10 each. We’ll paint them and recover them, and tuck them next the coffee table for extra seating or foot stools.

This thing I got for free from a lighting store. It is what all the electrical wire comes wrapped around. The plan is to paint it and make it shorter and turn it into a coffee table, although it might be to heavy feeling and “weighty” for the room. Yes, I want to punch me too when I use words light weighty to describe a piece of furniture.

And these beauties where a steal from a local furniture store. These cane style chairs are pretty in right now, so they can be expensive. They’re chic and comfortable! They will be painted and recovered. Goodbye old lady speckled brown chair, and hello saucy new friend.

And, yeah. My garage is a dump.

Good Will Hunting

Posted in Decor Files, Inspiration by Miss Circumstance on January 21, 2011

This mustardy velvet beauty was leaning against the wall yesterday at the Goodwill drop-off. I said “uuuhhhhh…..am I allowed to buy things from back here yet?”, as I was dropping off my bags of junk. I took her home for 7 bucks. It could fall into the category of Elvis Gracelandish, but I think it’s pretty sweet. It’s so typically me to buy a head-board that I now need to get a whole new bed frame for. I think I want to put it in Van’s room, but his current bed is an old vintage wrought iron one. The kind where the bed rails, head-board, and foot board are all one unit. Until then, I say “Welcome home” to my awesome new yellow velvet head-board. I mean Van’s new yellow velvet head-board.