Pottery Barn Bedford Office Additions

Welcome to the 157th Metamorphosis Monday!

Happy Metamorphosis Monday!  Thank you for all the supportive comments and e-mails I received about changing the start of our Met Monday party to Monday morning and our Tablescape Thursday party to Thursday morning.  You guys are awesome!

I’m so excited to share some fun tweaks and additions I’ve made in the office this week.  (You can follow the full transformation of the office in THIS post.)  You may remember in the past I’ve mentioned I would love an ottoman for the seating area.

I have envisioned something with a rattan or wicker base and a nice cream or light colored cushion on top for comfort.  I thought it would add some additional texture and interest in the office and would tie in nicely with the baskets you see in the desk unit below

Ideally, I wanted it to be a storage ottoman so I could hide away the throw I use during the wintertime.  After searching online and in local stores, I hadn’t been able to find one I liked or that fit the budget I had in mind for this purchase.  At one time, I tried a few large rattan baskets (with lids) but the tops were either too weak to act as an ottoman or they were too large or too tall.  Plus, they weren’t really that comfy under foot.

The ottoman shown below at Pottery Barn came the closest to the look I wanted, but it’s way too big, too expensive and isn’t a storage ottoman.  If it had met just two of those three requirements, I probably would have gone for it.  It’s a pretty good example of what I had in mind.   I do this to myself all the time…conjure up what I want/need in my head, then discover it doesn’t exist. lol  Do you do that, too?

Image from Pottery Barn online

In a recent post I mentioned my quest for an ottoman, and a dearheart suggested looking at World Market.   I did and found an ottoman that works well for this space and at a great price, only $67.  Okay, enough talking…come check it out.

Ashworth Chest Chairside in Reading Nook


Mr. Max is convinced I bought it just for him.  He’s abandoned the top of my desk for this cushy spot.


I didn’t take time to iron the slip cover (like the directions suggested) so try to ignore the wrinkles.  The slip cover is a heavy canvas or linen type fabric…not sure exactly what it is, but I like it.  The covers come in a variety of colors: Khaki, Ivory, Rust, Charcoal or Plum.  I went with the ivory to blend with the Pottery Barn Bedford desk, the chair-side chest and the Rosalie green and white floral fabric.  (The Rosalie chair is available again at Pier1…saw it online recently.)


Now here’s the thing that really sold me on it.  If it gets permanently stained or if I come across a fabric I adore one day for curtains in this room, it would be a cinch to make a new slip cover to coordinate with another fabric.  (A skirted cover could be made to coordinate with the pleated skirt on the chair.)  The top separates from the bottom half of the ottoman; they are held together by really strong Velcro.   You would never know if you didn’t pull the top off.

Currently, the ottoman is on sale for $30, yup, that’s not a typo, it’s just $30.  The slip cover is on sale for $35.99.  You can see them both HERE.  I love how thick and cushy the top is…very solid feeling and so comfortable to sit on or prop your feet on.  It looks great with a throw tossed across it.

Now, it’s not a storage ottoman…wish it was, but for $67 and the versatility to recover it a gazillion times in the future if needed, I can give up the storage part.  I’ll just have to walk the 10 feet to the linen closet in the hallway to put up the throw once winter is ever.  I think I can handle that. 😉

If you are new to reading BNOTP and you’re wondering what’s on the other wall in the office…Billy bookcases from IKEA.  You can read about those HERE.  I’m thinking of adding one more IKEA bookcase/storage unit in this space…but not in the room.  More on that in a sec.

To satisfy my craving for some additional texture, I stole the magazine basket from the Upstairs Family Room, HERE.  See it there beside the chair?

I tucked it alongside the chair so now I have a place to store magazines or books I may be reading.  I’m thinking of taking knitting up again.  Wouldn’t that be a great place to stash away some knitting?

And it ties back in with the baskets on the other side of the room.  Sorry, this is an older pic below.  I forgot to take a pic of the room looking back this way with the ottoman in place.

Some additional whimsy for the office:
Notice the little area where the pink tissue box is sitting on the desk…there to the right of the monitors?  I’ve been searching for some bookends for that spot to support books I need to refer to when I’m working.  I finally found some I couldn’t resist.  If you follow BNOTP on Facebook, you’ve already seen them since I shared them on Facebook last week.

It’s just a little additional whimsy for the office and a place to tuck a few fave books away.  (Bookends are from Pier1.)

So those are the changes I’ve made this week in the office.  Only thing I’m still itching to add now is an Expedit unit (from IKEA) for the office closet.  I measured the closet for it months ago, and it’s going to be a really tight fit getting it in.  It will be an almost perfect fit, if I can get it into the closet.

I wonder if I buy an Expedit unit from IKEA, bring it home, assemble it, and can’t get it through the closet door, do you think they will let me return it?  I would dread having to take it back apart.  Ugh.   I don’t think I can build it inside the closet…just not enough space.  Will keep you posted on how that goes.   Update:  Crazy woman that I am, I bought an Expedit and barely, by the skin of my teeth, got it to fit inside the office closet.  It required a “hack” and building it “up in the air” but I got her done.   If you ever wondered if I’m just one brick short of a full load 😉 the answer is, YES and here’s proof:  Ikea Expedit Hack:  How I Made it Work

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  1. Okio B Designs says

    Love your frog bookends – so cute! And I like posting in the morning MUCH better! Thanks for hosting.


  2. Beautiful!! Oh here is the link about the problem with the reply button for some people wanting to comment: http://thepolkadotcloset.blogspot.com/

  3. Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions says

    Thanks for hosting, Susan!

    I have that ottoman! Actually, I have two! I ordered them from World Market when they first came out a couple of months ago, and I refused to pay over $100.00 for one little ottoman at the local stores here. Great piece for the price. I love your Frog Prince bookends; love the green here.

  4. Susan, This room has come together oh so well! I love that it's functional, as well as pretty. Wanted to tell you that if you had been here in Dayton last week, you would have frozen! I know you don't like the cold weather…. The wind was biting and the ice was treacherous! It was not fun at all! Thanks for hosting. 🙂 Sue

  5. The ottoman is great, Susan. And I agree that the wicker basket adds some nice texture. Your office has turned out so nice. I remember your trials with the wallpaper 🙂 Your hard work has paid off. Thanks for all the design ideas and inspiration you bring us and thanks for hosting this fun party.
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  6. I love the ottoman you finally chose…looks perfect in your office and very comfy (as your kitty has demonstrated!) I only wish my office looked as neat and organized as yours…always a work in progress. Happy Monday!

  7. Rosemary@villabarnes says

    Your frog bookends are so cute. Thanks for hosting.

  8. Thanks for Hosting Susan! I am going to check out that Ottoman at World Market, that IS a great price. It looks perfect in your room. Happy Monday! XO Cindy

  9. I love those bookends! So cute!

  10. Susan BetweenNapsOnThePorch says

    Gosh, I didn't even know there was a problem. I guess the reason I haven't noticed anything is because I use Google Chrome as my browser. I love Chrome…works great on every site. Thanks for the info! Hope they get it fixed quickly for folks.

  11. Joselyn @ The DIY Spot says

    What nice additions to your already beautiful office. The bookends are adorable. Thanks for hosting!

  12. Kerry Rossow says

    I couldn't get to the "pin it" button fast enough!
    Thank you for hosting!
    Kerry at HouseTalkN

  13. Aimee - ItsOverflowing.com says

    Your office looks so GREAT!!! Thanks for hosting!!! XO, Aimee

  14. Pam - diy Design Fanatic says

    Susan, so glad you posted about your new ottoman. My daughter and husband have been asking me for one for our bedroom. Making one is on the project list, but there are so many other things that come before it. At that price, it doesn't make sense to make one! Thanks for hosting!

  15. I love your office room. I wish it were mine! Yes, I wish for and even dream of things that I need that I can't find in stores. I like the ottoman. Did you scotchgard it? I'm all about a can of scotchgard. I was going suggest building the piece in the closet…I did that one time. It was in my kitchen pantry on a tiled floor. I was sore after all the straining and stretching but it was a success!!

  16. Lynn@ The Vintage Nest says

    thank you for hosting the party Susan. I don't always have a change but this week I do. Although it wasn't a change I was looking for. 🙂 I adore your office. How I would love to have something like that for storage. It's so fresh and pretty and love that chandelier too. I just put a vintage floral tole chandelier like that in the shop. I love how you have all the "connect badges" in a row at the top of your side bar. How do you do that or is it a trade secret?. Happy Monday and have a wonderful week. ~

  17. Susan BetweenNapsOnThePorch says

    Aww, thanks Kerry!

  18. Susan BetweenNapsOnThePorch says

    Hi Lynn, Emily (The Blog Fairy) added those for me. She found them at this site: http://sharethis.com/

    They don't have a Pinterest button so she created that one to match the others. I'm sure she would be happy to add them for any bloggers who would like them. You may be able to add them just using a gadget in Blogger…not sure.

  19. Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Flea Market Makeovers says

    That ottoman is perfect! Thanks for hosting this party Susan.

  20. Susan BetweenNapsOnThePorch says

    Marsha, I haven't but that's a great idea! I'll buy some Scotchgard and get at it. 🙂 Thanks! I really love the Expedit unit and it would be perfect for storing the magazines I can't part with…and other stuff. lol

  21. Thanks for always being such a great hostess, Susan!

    OH, and your office is soooo gorgeous! Especially love that bee pillow (I think I recognize it from Ballard Designs?)


    ~Abbie (www.fivedayfiveways.com)

  22. Goodmorning Susan,
    I made it in early – then chatted with my son some – noticed my picture was wrong – deleted and came back – you've got quite a gathering in a short time – your new start time seems to be working o.k.! There's no perfect solution for all! Love the Ottoman! I am hoping to make one for our living room – I want a very large one – but this one makes me think I could get 4 grouped together to make one large one! Thoughts churning! Thanks for hosting, I hope you have a fantastic week,

  23. Susan BetweenNapsOnThePorch says

    Kathy, they also have a really cute leather storage ottoman that's a tad smaller. 4 of those would look great together, too….but leather doesn't work in every one. It has a tray that flips over…love that, so it becomes a coffee table, too.

  24. Shari @ turnstylevogue.com says

    Thanks for hosting. Your office is simply beautiful. What a great environment to get creative in!


  25. Linda@Coastal Charm says

    Your room is just stunning…love the look you have going on in there (I have that same clock). Thank you for hosting this fun party.


  26. Jenny @ Simcoe Street says

    Everything looks great! Thanks for hosting 🙂

  27. Susan,
    thank you for hosting us every week! I have found by far that I get the most amount of traffic from your Linking parties and I am very greatful for the time you put in making it possible each week!
    Your office is looking so cozy! I like how bright it is!
    Dee Dee

  28. Luv luv that room when can I come over?

  29. Hi Susan! I love all of your changes and I think little Max does too! The ottoman is perfect and looks like it would be really easy to reupholster it if you wanted to. The little Prince Charmings are just darling!
    Thanks always for hosting.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia 😉

  30. Great buy on the ottoman, Susan. It looks like it belongs there…Christine

  31. I love the ottoman! But I really have my eye on that chair! It's so charming. Your office looks airy, sunny and beautiful.


  32. Susan BetweenNapsOnThePorch says

    Claudia, Thanks…I've really enjoyed it. Here's the link to where you'll find it online at Pier1. http://bit.ly/wTmT1W Last year, they only had a couple in their warehouse. I guess it sold well because they brought it back again for this spring.

  33. Susan BetweenNapsOnThePorch says

    Thanks, Christine!

  34. Susan BetweenNapsOnThePorch says

    Maggie, I'll get the coffee ready. 🙂

  35. Susan BetweenNapsOnThePorch says

    Dee Dee…so glad to hear that! Thanks so much!

  36. Susan BetweenNapsOnThePorch says

    Thanks, Shari!

  37. Susan BetweenNapsOnThePorch says

    Linda, I found that antiquing one day and the amazing thing is it still works…even the alarm. Imagine having to wind a clock every single night before you turn it. 🙂 It makes me a little nostalgic to think of it.

  38. Susan BetweenNapsOnThePorch says

    Thanks, Shelia! I do think it would be easy if/when that day comes.

  39. I'm sure you've been told many times but that is a wonderful room! Thanks for hosting!

  40. I think your beautiful office is my favorite room in your house! Love all your little touches! As ever, thanks for sharing!

  41. Rebekah Greiman says

    Good morning! Today, I linked up my tutorial on my DIY Children's Book with Audio. I made these for everyone in my family as Christmas gifts. I thought it would be fun to show you how I did it, so you can too! Have a great week!

  42. Lizabeth @ Infuse With Liz says

    The ottoman look great and I'm glad it's comfy! I saw your chair at Pier 1 last week when I walked in! It's adorable and even more so in person! Those bookends cracked me up when I saw them! I love their whimsy!

  43. Debbie@Debbie-Dabble and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas says

    Such a beautiful room with so many pretty things!!

    Thanks so much for hosting!


  44. Betsy@ coastal-colors says

    Your rooms are gorgeous! I love the ottoman! Thanks for hosting another great link!

  45. Such a sweet office Susan. I love the look with the new ottoman and isn't it great to be able to borrow things from other rooms? I have that same clock in my bedroom and I love it!

  46. I love, love, love the PB office pieces. May I inquire about what paint color you chose for those? I have light floors in my large family room, and sometimes stark white furniture just doesn't sit quite right. Your's appears to be more of a cream or soft white. I am assuming it is a PB color choice, or did you paint it?

    BTW, I do have, and assembled, an Expedit. I would venture to say that you will most likely not be able to assemble it inside the closet. They are a great addition, however, and I wish you much luck on that endeavor!

  47. Larrisa Hill Designs says

    Your office is my DREAM office…thx for sharing and hosting a great party.

  48. The office is one of my favorite rooms! I love how you mix the new with the old.

  49. laxsupermom says

    I just love seeing pics of your office space! The new ottoman looks perfect there, and it must be super comfy if Max is choosing it over watching the squirrels. Love the new bookends! Such a fun touch of whimsy! Thanks for sharing and for hosting this party each week.

  50. Katie @ Wildwood Creek says

    Mr. Max looks so cute on your new ottoman! Looks like you're going to have share that ottoman with Mr. Max.

  51. Elizabeth (Blue Clear Sky) says

    Your office is truly lovely and what a wonderful space to work in! The ottoman looks like the perfect solution and what a deal. I always enjoy seeing your family room. It was one of the first rooms I fell in love with when I discovered blogs about three years ago. Thanks for hosting and I wish you a lovely week ahead.

  52. Designs By Pinky says

    Your office is fabulous! I have loved following along this wonderful metamorphisis!! Love the new ottoman too. Knitting would be wonderful there in that beautiful chair! Love max too! XO, Pinky

  53. Love the office, thank you for hosting a great linky party have a wonderful week Susan


  54. Tonya @ My Cozy Little Farmhouse says

    I KNEW that chair was from Pier 1! we were there yesterday and I actually hugged it and said "MINE!" lol I am weird like that. Sadly my budget does not allow me to purchase it. I will have to live vicariously through others that have it.

    IKEA will most definitely take it back. They have a fairly liberal return policy

  55. Susan BetweenNapsOnThePorch says

    Hi Jen,
    I think the PB Bedford units come in three colors, stained, black and antique white, if I'm remembering that correctly. There may be a fourth color, so double check that. The ones I went with are the antique white. It's a soft white, not stark or bright, so it's pleasing to the eye. They make a good many accessory items in the same antique white color.
    I got an idea…stop by a PB and purchase one of the desk accessories in the antique white, like you see at this link: http://bit.ly/yy6eJH. Take it home…see how it looks with your flooring and if it doesn't look like it will work, it will be easy to return a small item…as opposed to returning big hunks of furniture. If you're not near a PB, you could just order something online. That would be the best bet for really making sure about the color. Hope that helps. Thanks for the info about the Expedit!

  56. classic • casual • home says

    That room is your little slice of heaven. It's just beautiful as it is so functional and comfortable. I love how you switch things up around your home for a new look or feel. I do that too.

  57. Joy@aVintageGreen says

    Your office is a haven. Everything you chose/built/painted/designed/created works so well together. I appreciated your post yesterday on suggestions for photo editing and collages. Took it to heart and spent the day exploring. My before and after today is Picnik (the before) and Picasa (the after), first of two postings on what I learned that could work for headers/editing. Not as simple, clear and fast as Picnik though. Thanks for hosting.

  58. I love what you've done to your office. I don't have a blog–I'm low-tech to the point of being "challenged". But you've inspired me to finish up my personal space (started seven years ago)–in fact, I plan to do some painting there today.

    For too long, I've been following Max's example instead of yours but no more! I will not spend my afternoons napping on my desk when there is painting to be done.

    So thanks a milllion for providing such a good example, Susan. You really have made a difference.

  59. Elizabeth and Gary says

    Hi Susan,
    I have joined in today with Metamorphosis Monday..
    Your office is beautiful and what a wonderful place to create and hide away..hehehe. Every girl needs her own place to create in.

  60. Susan BetweenNapsOnThePorch says

    Junie, if I can do it, anyone can. The hardest part truly is getting started. Once you get going, you'll start to get excited about your vision for the room. Turn up the music or listen to a book on tape while you're working…the time will fly by and your room will be done before you know it. Don't look at the project as a whole, just break it down into small bites, otherwise it can feel a bit overwhelming! Have fun! You're going to love it when you're done!

  61. ReFresh ReStyle says

    Thanks for hosting!

  62. What a great find — I have been wondering where you put your feet! I am incapable of sitting without propping.

    Thanks as always for hosting. I like the idea of posting the party link on the day of the party and shaking it up so that late posters get to be at the top sometimes.

    I am waiting for your "sewcroff" to get as messy and cluttered as mine! LOL

  63. ♥ Sonny ♥ says

    I think your sitting area looks great. I found 2 torage ottamons and have a plans for making them similar to the pottery barn sample you posted. If it works like I think it will I'll be doing a blog post about them and of course I'll add them to your transformation party next week. In the meantime, yours looks great as it is.
    now off to visit the folks who posted to your party this week.

  64. h. m. settoon says

    I love world market. who ever does their buying and designing is always right on trend.

  65. Kim @ Cheap Chic Home says

    That ottoman was quite the bargain. You are right, Susan, the addition of the magazine basket added some needed textural interest.

  66. Jennifer @ Town and Country Living says

    Your office is beautiful. Love the dress form but I especially love the kitty! Thanks for hosting.

  67. Susan BetweenNapsOnThePorch says

    Max says, thank you! 😉

  68. Susan BetweenNapsOnThePorch says

    So true!

  69. Susan BetweenNapsOnThePorch says

    Sonny, I kept looking for a basket on which I could attach and thick cushion…but could never find a basket that would work and not be too tall. Looking forward to seeing yours!

  70. Susan BetweenNapsOnThePorch says

    lol It gets out of hand sometimes…and I reel it back in. Can't think when it's gets too cluttered…clearing the tops clears my head sometimes.

  71. Susan BetweenNapsOnThePorch says

    Thanks, Elizabeth!

  72. Bel Air Presbyterian Small Group says


    What a great find! In the next couple of weeks I'm going to start the metamorphosis of my grown son's room, claiming it as my own. You have been a great inspiration. Any chance you could post a little later in the am, so that your West Coast's fans aren't scrambling at 7 am to post? If not, totally fine, but I might as well ask! Thanks for hosting! Happy week to you and Mr. Max. ~CJ

  73. Brandon @ Southgate says

    Susan, as I was about to give up on my foyer project yesterday (it was EXHAUSTING), I pushed on, telling myself that if I got it done, I could include it in the party today! haha! Thanks for ths inspiration

  74. AntiqueChase says

    CAUTION CAUTION CAUTION!!!! IKEA DOES NOT LET YOU RETURN ITEMS THAT ARE ASSEMBLED. (Maybe if they are defective).. how do I know? I purchased the white chaise lounge, came home assembled it and then decided it was too big. took it apart and boxed it up. Tried to return it 2 days later. They look my box in the back room and told me they could "tell" it had been assembled and they can't return assembled goods…. of course I complained and said you have a 100% satisfy sign at your register… how do you know if your satisfied if you don't assemble it? after getting very upset and talking to the manager and writing letters, I still own the chaise… so beware!!

  75. Susan BetweenNapsOnThePorch says

    Wow…I was afraid of that. Thanks for the warning. I'll think long and hard before I take the Expedit plunge. Appreciate you sharing that. I agree…don't know how you can tell if you're going to be happy with it when you haven't even assembled it. Sorry they wouldn't let you return it. 🙁 Not good customer service at all.

  76. Those are the cutest bookends!

  77. Sue (Someone's Mom) says

    I am always just green with envy when you post pictures of this room. I love everything about it and what a deal on the ottoman! The bookends are darling…love things that make me smile!

  78. Joanna @ To a Pretty Life says

    Your office is beautiful! I love that desk!

  79. Maria Elena says

    Susan, your office has been such an inspiration to me. I am in the process of creating a craft room/office and I think your space is just beautiful! Love everything about it!

  80. Hi, Susan- These subtle enhancements deepen my envy for your office!! 😀

    As a sidenote, it looks like there is an object place inside the Santos Cage Doll, if I'm not mistaken. I like to see that the cage dolls also can showcase cute season decor. What's in the cage doll? It looks pink..? Love your style.

  81. On Crooked Creek says

    Yeah! I made it…sorry that I was late to the party!!! That Mr. Max appears as if he's trying to figure out how to get that comfty cushion top of the ottoman to the window where the sun will stream down upon him! Too cute! Your ottoman looks like the "perfect" place to set and lesiurely look through a magazine! Surely, Max will share the space! Adore the new bookends!!! Thanks for hosting this inspirational weekly meme!

  82. Susan BetweenNapsOnThePorch says

    Thanks, Maria! ♥

  83. Susan BetweenNapsOnThePorch says

    Stefanie, you have good eyes! They are little padded/stuff hearts made of pretty little fabrics. I love hearts and just tucked those into her base.

  84. Susan BetweenNapsOnThePorch says

    Yay…glad you made it! Thanks for interpreting what Mr. Max must be thinking…I think you are right!

  85. Confessions of a Plate Addict says

    Looks like Max loves the new ottoman that you bought for him! lol Happy week!…hugs…Debbie

  86. Thanks for hosting – hope you have a fabulous week!

  87. Susan BetweenNapsOnThePorch says


  88. Susan BetweenNapsOnThePorch says

    Thanks, Jill…you too!

  89. Susan BetweenNapsOnThePorch says

    Thanks, Sue! They made me smile…do you think if I kiss one, a handsome prince will appear? 😉

  90. Susan BetweenNapsOnThePorch says

    Thanks, Joanna!

  91. Susan BetweenNapsOnThePorch says


  92. Susan BetweenNapsOnThePorch says

    CJ, only problem with posting later is it gets so far into the day. The time zone thing does create problems, doesn't it.

  93. Susan BetweenNapsOnThePorch says

    Thanks, Kim! It did seem a great deal. Guess I need to check World Market out more often.

  94. Love the rattan furniture..is there anything better than a bargain?! Ottoman..so nice..so cheap. woot woot. Oneday soon I want to "replicate" our den/office from your room's inspiration. Just great.

  95. Susan BetweenNapsOnThePorch says

    Thanks, Sunny! I know your office would be great! Please share when you do it and I'll post the Before and After! 🙂

  96. Your office certainly is beautiful. Everything is so cheerful!

    From Virginia

  97. Your corner desk looks so comfortable and convenient. I had a truly great one at work, the corner was curved. I was hooked and made my own for home. My stuff is at hand on either side it's I can rest both forearms while keying or mousing.

  98. Miss Merry says

    What a wonderful office! I love Ikea, too. You have such a wonderful sense of design and I love the ottoman!

  99. I love your new ottoman! Great price too! I love it when we bring something new into the house that the cat's crawl all over it and think they own it all. I am glad that everything in this office is Max approved!

  100. what a cute kitty! Love the office and the stool!

  101. The DIY Show Off says

    Beautiful, Susan! What a great place to get creative!

  102. defaziolinda says

    I love your room – I COPIED it! Ha! Actually, my room is a combination bedroom and office so I have very little room, but I had e-mailed you last summer when I put it together – just haven't gotten the picture to you yet. AND, I can't believe it – the frog bookends match my King frog lamp, sitting on his throne! I use it for my reading lamp by my bed. Thank you so much for your decorating ideas, it seems we think alike. Blessings, Linda

  103. Cottage and Broome says

    Love your office, it is so sleek looking. Mine is crowded with lots of "stuff". Thanks for hosting again this week, Laura

  104. Susan BetweenNapsOnThePorch says

    Linda, that's a hoot…they belong together! 🙂 These guys must be Princes and they are his sons. lol

  105. Susan BetweenNapsOnThePorch says

    Isn't that wonderful, Terry…so comfortable for working on the computer!

  106. Susan BetweenNapsOnThePorch says

    Aww, thanks, Merry! I'm itching for an IKEA trip…hadn't been in a long time.

  107. Susan BetweenNapsOnThePorch says

    Thanks, Kahli!

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  109. Susan BetweenNapsOnThePorch says

    Thanks, Mary…worth all that work and angst of stripping wallpaper. lol

  110. fromgentogen says

    Susan, Thank you for the Party! I wish you happy knitting…I will envy you..Blessings, Becky

  111. EllenaElizabeth says

    What beautiful photos, thanks for posting.

  112. martinealison says

    Un pouf que votre minou apprécie tout comme moi!…
    Gros bisous et merci pour l'ensemble de vos photos.

  113. The first time you shared your amazing (i would walk on hot rocks to have one like it) office I IMMEDIATELY fell in luv w/the doll statue. At that time I was not familiar w/Santos Cage Dolls. With additional infro from you I NOW OWN THE EXACT SAME DOLL. You can't imagine my SHOCK when I learned the seller is located in the city I LIVE IN…………Meeting Jennifer when i picked up my doll was a great experience and we keep in touch. My sincere thanks and appreciation for your inspiration and great Blog. I'm a loyal fan forever. I can still dream/wish for the lovely office, but at least have my doll to enjoy thanks to you. Always delighted to receive my email posts from you. Warm Regards.

  114. Susan BetweenNapsOnThePorch says

    Lesa, how amazing is that…that you and Jennifer live in the same city! I'm so glad you were able to get the same doll. I noticed she doesn't appear to be available any longer. I found mine in a local antique store and she was labeled "French Doll." I don't think the seller realized she was a Santos. 🙂 I hope you get the office of your dreams Lesa! XO

  115. Dorinda Selke says

    Hi Susan – I really like the new ottoman. I think it looks great with the PB furniture. It also seems that Max approves, so that issue has been taken care of as well. Ha Ha. I just wanted to let you know that I receive your blog via email, so this week I got the Met Monday blog on Tuesday morning (today). Just thought you would want to know. Take care, Dorinda

  116. Susan BetweenNapsOnThePorch says

    Hi Dorinda, Yay, unfortunately, dumb old Feedburner seems to only check for a new post once a day and if the post goes up after 7 or 8 in the morning, it doesn't pick it up and send it out until the next day. I write the post the night before and proof read them in the morning before publishing, so they may run one day behind. Sorry about that. Wish Feedburner would pick it up when it's published. I'm going to see if there's a way I can make it do that.

  117. FYI if you have an issue with the Expedit unit I have experience with altering one for a television unit they use to make one and has since been discontinued so we altered one for son and daughter in law's television by not putting in one of the shelves (the men wanted to hack it up with a saw! I said no give me a few minutes and let me figure it out, I did it worked!) if we were close I would so offer to come and help you built it! Best wishes.

  118. Marilyn Holeman says

    Hi Susan, I agree that Monday posts should post on Monday, etc., but just wanted to let you know that this hit my inbox at 2:12 a.m.TUESDAY morning (Pacific Time.)

    Thanks for your blog. I enjoy it!

  119. Susan BetweenNapsOnThePorch says

    Thanks, Marilyn. Unfortunately, Feedburner seems to only check for a new post once a day and very early in the morning…so if a post goes up after about 8 AM, it doesn't pick it up and send it out via email as it should. I'm going to see if I can find a way to correct that. Another post went up this morning, but you want have a way of knowing that, unless you just happen to check by, until tomorrow when the Feedburner checks again. Must be some way to make it go out more timely. Ummmm

  120. Susan BetweenNapsOnThePorch says

    Robyn, you go girl! I wish you were here to help me, too. lol I think I'm going to buy one and risk it. If it doesn't work out, it may end up in the basement or garage.

  121. Terrie from Atlanta says

    Hey, Susan, honey ~ look at you with your "labor of love" nearly complete! I remember when you were sobbing over the removal of your son's basebal mural…think of the good karma in this space. Much love to you as you play with the final details. Bet Mr. Max is soon going to be back on his desk perch as the local birds and squirrels are currently doing "out with the old and in with the new." Exciting! xoxo

  122. Susan BetweenNapsOnThePorch says

    Yes, I do remember those days…that was so hard painting over that mural. And the wallpaper removal about did me in. lol Thanks, Terrie…appreciate that! Can't wait for spring…we're half way there now…well, almost half way.

  123. daisymarie says

    Hi, I've been having a problem when I'm reading an article on your blog on the second page. Everytime you reply to a comment the page jumps down to the bottom. Then I have to scroll all the way to the top until the next time you reply to a comment.
    Has anyone else been having this problem?

  124. Susan BetweenNapsOnThePorch says

    Daisymarie…You mean when I reply to a comment or if you reply on one? I hope that isn't happening when I reply, because I am doing that off and on all during the day. Yikes. The reply system is new so Blogger may have some glitches to fix.

  125. Susan, the transformation of your office is just lovely. I remember well the challenge of the wallpaper removal, and actually wished that I could come and help you scrape. That is the wonderful thing about your blog, the reader really becomes engaged in your projects and events. With each little addition to the room, the warmth and character is enhanced. I have always believed that good decorating involves time and "layering", and you have shown us the truth of that thought. I love the newest additions, the ottoman and the bookends. There are so many projects in my own home that I dream of doing, but the implementation is often lacking. Thank you for sharing your transformation and for "perhaps" giving me the motivation to get started in my house. MM

  126. Susan BetweenNapsOnThePorch says

    Thanks so much! It takes me a while but I eventually get there. 🙂 So glad you've enjoyed the process. It is easier when you just take a little bit at the time…not so overwhelming that way.

  127. AntiqueChase says

    agreed! I was so angry I vowed to never shop there again…. that didn't last too long cause I LOVE THAT PLACE.lol. I'm just very very careful now what I buy there!

  128. daisymarie says

    Susan, it's when you reply to a reader's comment. My screen jumps down to the bottom of the page. It's happening on other blog's, too.It must be a glitch in the blogger system.

    I really love reading your blog. Your office looks wonderful. Thanks for the inspiration!

  129. I like it and the cat adds to the cute quotient!

    What about the crown for the dressmaker's mannequin?

  130. Susan BetweenNapsOnThePorch says

    Labbie, you can read all about that at this link: http://bit.ly/zyEVT2

  131. Hi, Susan! I am so in love with your office, your house….everything! I even love your yard and all the plantings! And of course, Max! Please know that many of us are praying for your beloved Max and we do care and thank you for sharing his progress with us because we DO care! Our kitty “children” are very special and it’s hard for us to even comprehend them not being a part of our lives. Have to tell you, our Callie was in a real snit yesterday because my youngest son was sitting in HER chair!!! She actually looked like angry kitty for most of the day. As soon as Ryan stood up, she make a beeline for the seat & stayed there for the rest of the night!! Talk about SPOILED!! 😛

    • Thanks, Faith…and thanks for those prayers! That is so funny about Callie! I guess they can sulk light people do. 🙂 I’m glad she got her chair back! 🙂

  132. Hi there! I am obsessed with the shelf you have your monitors on. Do you mind telling me where you got it? I am currently having a modified version of the rustic office desk you posted custom built for my new office an would love to find a shelf like yours for my monitor.


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