A Birthday Gift for Mother

As you know from yesterday, Mother asked me to style her secretary desk.  So, I did just that for her birthday…

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Mother painted her secretary several months ago, and I love the color!  Here is a before of her desk top!

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Mother and Daddy’s home is like ours, it tells a story too!  Everything on her desk has meaning I simply restyled everything!

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Here is the “after.”  It was great fun antiquing for items similar to my desk!

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IMG_9177 How great is this paperweight?  An older photo of my grandparents…I had to keep this on display!

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The gold frame with white mat is awaiting a picture of the grandchildren!  The hexagon box adds a masculine touch.  As I was wrapping the shell dish, I was shocked when I noticed the lily of the valley for the first time!  This flower was my YaYa’s birth flower, and butterflies also remind us of her!

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A sweet photo of the kids with Daniel wearing his baptismal outfit!

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Mother’s Limoges collection is extensive thanks to her dear friend, Kathy!  The sterling silver small dish holds special found objects!

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Instead of using a sugar bowl, I found this petite silver teapot.  Perfect for Mother since she has tea daily!  It’s filled with pens and pencils (and that’s why I need to refill mine!) and a birthday present from Elizabeth!

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She used leftover materials from her own birthday party!

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I kept the silver toast holder out because I fondly remember it growing up.  Mother places letters and notes instead of toast!  The succulent is faux as Mother does not do real plants indoors.  It’s awaiting a black and hand painted gold vase similar to mine.  Our dear friend, Carole, from church has one I’m buying, but it’s currently in a box in her garage!  Come Spring, Mother will have it!  And the dog statue is a must…it’s a replica of Harriet, our dog growing up!

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A soap dish repurposed for paper clips!

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So here is my desk…

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And here is Mother’s desk!

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Oh so fun, and she loves it!  That’s what matters the most!  Happy Birthday Mother!

Enjoy the day and weekend!

Jana

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