Silver and Mums for the Office

For last week’s Metamorphosis Monday, I shared a couple of ideas I had for this big ole blank wall above the seating area in the office.  (If you’re new to reading BNOTP, you can follow the evolution of this room from a child’s bedroom to an office in THIS post.)

I’ve decided to keep the mirror that’s a wee bit too big (for now) as well as the clock.  Instead of hanging the mirror, for now I’m just letting it rest atop the chest.  If I find one I like better later, I won’t feel bad replacing this one since it was a great buy at only $20 from Marshalls.  It may even end up in a bath renovation around here one day.


Something tells me this wall will change with time.  I may move the clock up or down or to the left or right and add something additional to this wall space.  I’ve just started with a few things I thought I wanted for this area (mirror and large clock face) and I’m gonna take it from there.   Nothing is in concrete…but I do like the way this looks, so far.

I haven’t been shopping at A Classy Flea in several weeks.  The fever struck on Saturday, so a shopping I did go.

I found something I couldn’t resist.

Beautiful silver candlesticks.  Do you hear that?   That’s the sound of my heart beating faster at the sight of shiny silver.  😉

Come a bit closer and look at the detail.  I was so excited to find these for just $20 for the pair!  Love that Flea!

I snipped a few mums from the arrangement I used for THIS fall tablescape.  They gave the office a touch of autumn.

I love this old, worn and well-loved silver piece.  It doesn’t have any monetary value, just lots of sentimental value since it was used every day on the dinner table in the home of  the great grandparents.  You can see the silver plate has worn completely away in spots.  That makes it all the more special and I wouldn’t change one tiny worn spot, even if I could.

I’ve always loved the history and tradition behind silver.

It’s funny because I hadn’t planned to use so much silver in the office but the hardware on the Pottery Barn Bedford office furniture has steadily sent me down that path.  Have you noticed it never works fighting a design.  Sometimes you just have to go where the room or furnishings are taking you.

The lamp you see on this little chest actually belongs HERE in the dining room.  I’m borrowing it for the office until I find something I love as well for this spot.  That may be a while.

Found this wonderful old clock at Fleu de Coop Antique ages ago.   Amazingly, it still works, but it has to be wound  Just think, we used to have to wind our alarm clocks every day!  It was probably a nice little bedtime ritual, although, it’s a pretty noisy way to awaken. lol

I had fun today playing with different pieces here on the this little chest.  I don’t always know what I will want to use or put together.  But once I see it, I usually know if it works.  You know just what I mean, don’t you?

Sometimes it’s a big silver heart…

And sometimes it’s an old timey clock.

What have you been playing with in your home today?   Are you having a little fun changing your decor for the seasons?


  1. I love mirrors, silver and big clocks. Also love the way the mirror reflects the windows and chandy!

  2. It looks fabulous! I still am in love with that bee pillow! :)

  3. Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) says:

    Thanks, Katie!

  4. Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) says:

    Clydia, the pillow came from the Ballard Designs Outlet in Atlanta. They may still carry it online, too.


    It reminds me of Ballard designs…one of my favorite catalogs. Of course yours looks much better than anything they have to offer. Very pretty!

  6. I absolutely adore your office. Are you up for a little trial and error?
    I can picture the clock over the chest and mirror placed on the wall closer to the chair as wall art. The fact that the mirror is the wrong size for the chest wouldn't be as noticeable. Do forgive me if my suggestion is not welcome….the mums are exquisite. I've not seen that variety before.

  7. Cozy Little House says:

    Since I'm moving in a few weeks out of state, I'm filling boxes. But would truly love to be in place and decorating as well!

  8. Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) says:

    Nancy, suggestions are always welcome! :) Actually, I thought about the clock over the chest…I had seen that done somewhere before, but it was a lot bigger chest. Unfortunately, the clock is also wider than the chest. I kind of have my heart set on a mirror over it…to reflect the lamp light, etc… but I do appreciate the suggestion. :)

  9. Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) says:

    Brenda…that's a hard job…moving. Best of luck…I hope it goes as smoothly as possible!

  10. The Entertaining House says:

    Nan (Silver Magpies) has the best ideas re silver. I adore the candlesticks and at $20 love them even more! I never would have thought to have silver in the office. Love it!

  11. Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) says:

    Thanks, Nan. I never thought I'd use silver in here, either. I love how it looks against the soft white of the furniture.

  12. WykehamGirl says:

    To find such lovely treasures at flea markets always astounds me! What a remarkable find these candlesticks! They are lovely!

    And yes, Nan at SilverMagpies is the one to go to learn more about silver! Nan is a regular contributing editor extraordinaire on the subject of silver at

    Enjoy your new pieces!

  13. It all looks wonderful and what a great price for the beautiful silver candlesticks!

    The only decorating I have completed is my family room fireplace mantel. I've been planting pansies, weeding and obtaining prices to have some trees removed.

    From Virginia

  14. Jenny@daysofchalkandchocolate says:

    I love the sparkle the candlesticks bring to the office! So feminine without being girly. Perfection!

  15. Susan At Glen Oaks Primitives says:

    Hi, Susan, oh gosh, it looks beautiful.
    The silver candlesticks are stunning.
    I'm glad you kept the mirror and the
    clock there. I liked it when you first
    showed us. Beautiful, lovely room.
    Warm Regards,

  16. The Country Nest says:

    I love your silver!!! The candlesticks are beautiful and $20 was a bargin for sure. The room is looking great. :-)

  17. Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions says:

    Such a great vignette on the chest, Susan! The silver looks so pretty and I love how it is reflected in the mirror. I could just see you sitting in your chair with a refreshing drink as you reflect on your day. Today I set up a few vignettes as I unpacked boxes and came across some of my favorite things. I'm not at 100% yet {because I still can't find some things!}, but they make me feel better and more like I'm making this new place home.

  18. Hi Susan:
    Here I go again with the clocks. I had the urge to move your large clock a little to the left! :)
    I love the small alarm clock. It brought back memories of the evenings when my parents wound the clock and we knew it was time for bed. I can hear the sound now!
    Love, love, love, the candlesticks, you find such good buys.

  19. bluebird1959 says:

    I really love the mirror/chest combo – I think it looks fabulous as is! Also, had to a-d-o-r-e the pic with your chandelier reflecting in the mirror – really is symbolic of all the love and care you have put into this room these last months.

  20. I know what you mean about the little silver vase from the family. I have a little silver christening cup from my granmother. It is the same as yours with the silver worn through in places, but it has a special place always! I like your wall and the autumn touches.

  21. Loved your inspiration! Beautiful colors. And, of course, loved the terrific finds like the silver candlesticks. Using your lovely items for everyday makes each room special!

    Nan at Silver Magpies really is a great resource for suggestions and advice on using and caring for your silver.

  22. I love it when you play in your office. I could just sit and stare at it all day. It's such a pretty room.

  23. I love it when you play in your office. I could sit and stare at it all day. It really is a pretty room.

  24. martinealison says:

    Votre horloge me plaît beaucoup ainsi que votre mannequin…
    gros bisous

  25. Pam@OurAdventuresInHomeImprovement says:

    Susan, I was so happy to see that the mirror and the clock ended up working for you. I love the silver accents in the room too. As usual, you did an outstanding job!


  26. Today I cleaned my kitchen. Now it makes me happy. It was such a mess before!


  27. Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) says:

    Linnea, it always feels so good to get your kitchen cleaned up. I love it when my kitchen sink is clean and shiny. lol Does make you feel good.

  28. jewelsinthegarden +: ) says:

    I love the way your office turned out and all the silver you are using. I uncluttered the top of my desk today…I am excited to see wood again! Mine's not as pretty as yours but it's comfy! I'm attempting to not be envious : )

  29. Mary @ Redo 101 says:

    Love the candlesticks, love the clock, love the mirror – and I can never get enough pictures from you :)

    Mary @ Redo 101

  30. This is looking so nice! I love the mix with the silver and how it adds some shine! The reflection is from the mirror is awesome! Love the clock and or the heart there!
    I'm transitioning into fall decorating which turned into some Halloween decorating.

  31. Your office is nicely shaping up and I love the bee pillow! Just charming and your candlesticks are unexpected but just the right touch to go with your lamp! That shop A Classy Flea is a good source for you!

  32. I love the cut glass tray that your silver vase of flowers sits on.
    Always look forward to your post.

  33. Susan, your office is what my office wants to be when it grows up!

  34. Good decisions! I was going to hunt down that mirror if you returned it. Love the pillow, chair, dress form, and silver accents. Love the whimsy amid the work. You're an inspiration. Thanks, CJ

  35. Anonymous says:

    Hi Susan,

    I love it! But then I love everything you do, since it is exactly the type of decor I adore and have at home. One question though. You might have mentioned this in a past blog but where did you get the shelf over your desk with the space for gift wrap atorage? I love organizing ANY space and that looks ideal. Thanks again for all of your hard work and for sharing your expertise with us.

    Susan H in Minnesota

  36. The Little Red Shop says:

    Oh, what a warm, cozy, inspiring space. I absolutely LOVE the chair!

    : )

    Julie M.

  37. ❁Velma ~Down Our Country Road❁ says:

    I love the big mirror and big clock. I think their large size adds a nice contrast to everything else. So, if you want my two cents worth, I say keep them!! 😀
    Oh and I do love your silver arrangement. I need to get mine out of the china cabinet, shine them up and display them. I think the silver makes a beautiful contrast with the colors of fall.

  38. Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) says:

    Hi Susan,
    Thanks so much! The gift wrapping station came from Pottery Barn. They sold out shortly after I first posted about it, but maybe they are getting them back in for the holidays. Hopefully they will.

  39. Debbie @ says:

    Hi Susan, I really like the feel of this room. I even like the oversize mirror…love the silver and the layout of the furniture. I'm thrilled for you that you are doing this. I know it must make you so happy to have this room. I have a wonderful room I just love to be in. It is my 'soul candy' it just fits me! Love your posts lately!

  40. I am loving the way your office is being decorated…it looks ! I am wondering if Max has been helping?

  41. Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) says:

    Barb, he helps decorate it by adding lots of soft kitty fur on the chair so it's extra comfortble. 😉 He's also an accent piece on the end of the desk…very decorative. Occasionally, he purrs…background music to keep me calm. 😉

  42. Phyllis AROUND THE HOUSE says:

    love love your office it should be mine…you know me I just have to tweak…is the door we see to a closet or another room…if it is to a closet perhaps the maniquin could be put into the corner at an angle facing out and the chair could be moved a bit away from the table at same angle…if it is a closet you could just move her when you need to use…if you use the door alot …then never…I love it no matter what you do and wish I had a room to play with…phyllis

  43. Alycia Nichols says:

    Aw, geez….I had totally forgotten about winding clocks! Yes, we did! Wow…that dates us, doesn't it? But that's OK. Those were simpler times, and I look back on them fondly. Great find on the candlesticks!

  44. bright girl says:

    How serene and cozy! I love decorating with antiques and vintage items AND I love crafting so this is perfect for my taste. I've been looking for a chair for my room EXACTLY like yours. The style and fabric are perfect. Hopefully I can find one like it!

  45. Jane@Cottage at the Crossroads says:

    Glad you decided to keep the mirror because I really like how it looks over the chest. I wouldn't have thought to put silver items in the office, but it really works. You got a great deal on the candlesticks.

  46. Kathryn Ferguson Griffin says:

    Just lovely! You did it again!! Love the silver candlesticks. I'm a little green. lol. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  47. Your space is so beautiful, & I adore the cream & silver together! I've been working on my new craft-sewing room, & your office has been such an inspiration. My room isn't nearly as large as yours & my furniture is from IKEA rather than PB; but still — totally inspired & influenced by you. Thank you for sharing!
    :) CAS

  48. Your room looks prettier and prettier, Susan. With the mirror it looks so bright and shiny ane happy!

  49. Looks beautiful!

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