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Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Styling My Secretary

 All I've really done so far is move some books and trinkets to the shelves.

I took this photo while sitting at my desk the other day.

 I've also put stationary in the cubbyholes of the desk, and I've written a thank you note while sitting there.  I need to find a nice chair to use while at my desk.

Inside I've put many of my older books, and my Jane Austen.  I have other 'Austen' sequel books on the downstairs bookcase, and I will probably move those upstairs.  I think all my bookshelves need to be rearranged.

I have two copies of Stillmeadow Calendar by Gladys Taber.  Does anyone need a copy?
 My dust jacket for The Heart of the Family was torn by s sweet granddaughter.  Sad, but I did have a child of my own who tore book covers off of my Little House on the Prairie books when she was a toddler.  Can you believe it?

My desk is a thing of beauty and function, and I love it.

Quote de William Morris: Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful


  1. I am still amazed at the great deal you got on this secretary! Barbara and I were talking about it on Monday when we were out antiquing! :) It is beautiful and you have made it yours and I love that!

  2. I am loving this...such beauty and age...just my style and you are spot on with your design Deanna...beautiful!

  3. The White Witch!! I remember that book...great memories of reading books when I was younger.

  4. And another comment I must make... Ha! Well, let me say that I would be happy to pay for your extra copy of Stillwater Meadow, if it is still available. Your secretary is beautiful and I am glad that you have styled it in a traditional manner with books and stationery. I have some beautiful stamps to share with you , too. ☺

  5. That is beautiful!!! I love it! When I bought the reproduction "pie safe" at Goodwill, the first thing I did was to put in it favorite books. ;)

    Oh, there is a reason books with good dust jackets get a higher price in used book stores. They don't often make it past children and lots of reading. I can relate.

  6. I would love the Stillmeadow Calendar - may I pay the postage? I have two other books by Taber and love her writing.

  7. How lovely for you! It looks very nice with your additions. Did you find the cute white bunnies at Cracker Barrel? I've bought a couple of those size animals in various colors, they are just so adorable!

  8. what a beautiful piece of furniture. so glad you found it and are putting it to good use! :) i spy bess streeter aldrich, my favorite author. and grace livingston hill - my favorite book of hers is *the enchanted barn* - i haven't read *rainbow cottage* and need to add that to my never ending list of *must reads*!!!

  9. It looks great! And it's such a versatile piece of furniture you will enjoy tweaking it as the years to by!


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