One of last fall's projects was redoing our desk. Here it is this morning, finally, a rare touch of blue in our otherwise rainbow-colored home. My mom "ruined" blue for me decades ago: She has always used it on everything and in almost every room, and in a shade I've never liked, so I've been on Mom-induced Blue Overload almost from birth. But a bright blue! A sky blue! An aqua blue! Those, I love, and I mixed and matched until I got the desk looking and feeling the way I wanted. Below is the desk pre-project. When Mike and I were crammed into our crazy old studio apartment with barely a path between bed, desk, table, bathroom, and kitchen-nook, the desk was hardly visible, but here in our new home, it's one of the first things we see when we come through the door, so I knew I'd doll it up.
I attached blue gingham oilcloth attached to the desk's top and keyboard tray. I swooned during a visit to my parents' house last year when I saw this floral fabric Mom had used to make a shower curtain, and she later gave me a couple yards for my birthday. ♥ (She was likely just thrilled that her daughter finally wanted something blue. She'd have given me anything.) ;)
It still looked too bare to me, though, so I decided to make a frame for the monitor to give the project an extra pop of color. The frame is posterboard from the grocery store. Its cover is oilcloth. I went with black gingham to spare Mike the pink-Roses-on-cream that I really wanted (not that he'd have really objected, but. . ."Marital Compromise Time!" as we say).
But that looked too busy and just didn't do it for me, so the search was on, and I found what I wanted at Deborah's Laminates etsy shop: Laminated fabric in this funky aqua pattern that looks like embroidered tie-dye. ♥ 'Love, love, love.