Coffee Break: Colorful Executive Desks –


A friend sent me a link to one of these desks a while ago, knowing my love of vibrant colors as well as big lovely desks like this. The Etsy shop, The Resplendent Crow, specializes in adding a custom lacquer to older furniture. Scrolling through her shop is a lot of fun for inspiration. (The pictured desk is $2550.)

We’ve done a similar DIY project at Casa Griffin — adding a green Annie Sloan chalk paint to an old desk, then adding fun hardware from Anthropologie — but lacquer is a bit difficult to work with, so if you want a shiny surface it’s probably better to go with a shop like The Resplendent Crow. (I will say that chalk paint is great if you’re trying to paint older furniture with a veneer, without doing a ton of sanding — but it definitely has a matte, chalky finish where you can see brushstrokes and the like. Another bonus is that it’s incredibly low odor/fume.)

Readers, are you into brightly colored furniture for your home? Have you done any fun DIY projects involving painted furniture, or do you have anything older sitting around your home that you’ve been itching to do a DIY project on?

(I have an old arm chair that I bought for $10 at Goodwill when I was in COLLEGE — inspired by a House of Style episode where Cindy Crawford and Todd Oldham swore up and down how easy it was to reupholster old furniture all by yourself with just fabric and staples and then you can paint the fabric! Anyway: I’m totally going to do this one day. Eventually. With better stuffing and a lux velvet fabric. But for now it has an Ikea cover on it.)

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Workwear sales of note for 9.16.21

  • Nordstrom – 1,000s of new markdowns!
  • Neiman Marcus – Take an additional 25% off tons of markdowns — and try code JUST4U through 9/15 to take $30-$650 off your purchase as well.
  • Ann Taylor – 40% off your purchase
  • Loft – 15% off $75, 25% off $100, 40% off $125
  • Talbots – 25% off select styles
  • Brooks Brothers – Up to 70% off
  • Lands’ End – 40% off full-price styles
  • Eloquii – bottoms starting at $29; 40% off everything else


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