Monday, November 17, 2014

TN Office Progress | DIY Parsons Desk

I've wanted a large, white Parsons desk for a year or two - so the other weekend we designed and built one while we were in Maryland!

Last week, I painted it (in Tennessee) with oil based paint (it took about a week to cure and off gas) and over the weekend we brought it into my TN office.

We modeled it after West Elm's Parsons desk (it's just a little longer - I wanted it to comfortably fit two chairs)

Parsons desks are simple but perfect because of the proportions (top thickness is the same as the leg thickness) and the seamless drawers.

My favorite part of the desk are the two drawers - they are huge!

The drawers and the front of the desk meet at a 45.

I made a few leopard pillows from this Braemore fabric from The Fabric Mill (note: This is the best price I could find online, but shipping was a little more, if you're ordering 1 yard, try contacting customer service and ask for it to be flat folded for cheaper shipping). The fabric is super soft!! (Annabelle enjoyed laying on it while I was making pillows :) I was originally planning on using these in the bedroom, but I'm loving them in here (so maybe they'll stay) I'm hoping to buy or DIY a rug (something cozy? there was a large sheepskin rug at Home Goods the other week that I regret not getting ..), so these would be nice for reading or working on projects on the floor.

Last night, I reupholstered my Chinese Chippendale chair seat with Thom Filicia City Square. Love it!!

Here's a peak at our campaign dresser, which is in my office - we're still working on making new handles for the two that are missing.

Love this Oh You. print from Pottery Barn - it's the perfect shade of yellow and I love the font!

I'll share a tutorial for the Parsons desk soon! My office still needs some finishing touches (art, accessories, etc.) but it's coming along!


  1. It looks so good! Love the styling with your cheetah pillows!

  2. Looks so good! I adore those pillows!

    x Lily

  3. loooove it Sarah. I want a parsons desk in A MAJOR way for our house. We don't have a room for a dedicated office and I just love clean lines and minimal intrusion of a parsons desk. Its perfect for tucking into a corner or placing a long a wall in the living space. Love that you paired it with a chippendale chair.

  4. oh my gosh i love everything!!!!!! i am dying. can you come here and work on my house next? sounds good? ok great! ;)

  5. The dresser turned out so good! And I love the parsons desk and so smart that you made it big enough for two people. Your finish and detail look fantastic. You two need to open your own store!!

  6. So when is your line coming out?!! Seriously!

  7. SO good, Sarah!! Love your fabulous desk, you guys are amazing!! I just used Citysquare, and loved it, so bummed I procrastinated ordering the Jamil, it's been on my list for awhile, and is now out of stock. :(

  8. Gorgeous! And I have been wanting to buy that leopard fabric too.

  9. There is so much I love about this - the desk is flawless. I've been eyeing that fabric on the chairs for months now - still considering it for a backless sofa in my fam room. And the hardware on the campaign dresser is DIVINE! How in the world are you going to make new ones?? You've started welding, haven't you. I knew it was only a matter of time.


Thank you so much for taking the time to share your thoughts! I love hearing what you think! :)

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