9.01.2012

My New Antique French Farm Table Desk

They say if you buy what you really love
you will always find a place for it.
When we lived in Paris ten years ago, we bought this
150 year old farm table at a flea market. 
It's been our kitchen table in three houses. 

Recently, we moved to a new condo in Mammoth Lakes, California that had a dining table. So, this came to the Newport Beach home.
 The desk that I had here previously is in my son's room.
My most current working files are handy in this sturdy tote. 
The filing cabinet went into the closet.
These dried boxwood topiaries from Restoration Hardware 
are spruced up with moss at the base and a little raffia.
 Look at the patina on the table.  
But there is only one drawer.
So, I purchased these rustic metal boxes.  
I like the brass handle.


The top "money" box is from Restoration Hardware and 
has a working lock and key.
The bottom box, from Pottery Barn, has a drawer with dividers 
for pens, staples, etc.
Usually my desk looks like this but I try to straighten it up each evening.
 It's great to have all this "elbow room."

For other ideas for beautiful, stylish desks, check out my 


 There is more about the renovation of my office loft space here.

46 comments:

  1. love the topiaries, where did you find them?

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  2. Love it an love that task light. Is that RH, too?

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  3. What would be the best indoor furniture for this house?
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  4. I love it. Love the task light, too. I'll bet you love working there- xo Diana

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  5. It is all perfectly wonderful! Functional and gorgeous. I am obsessed with boxes to keep things in and love your choices.

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  6. The table is absolutely fabulous and if it could only talk.

    You have a beautiful work space

    Helen x

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  7. Such a beautiful piece! Love it as a desk!

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  8. I love the desk and the boxes. I agree that you will always find a place for something you love.

    Have a great weekend.
    Pam

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  9. How wonderful to have a piece of Paris with you when you are working. I also use a table as a desk -it's great to be able to spread out when you work! Love the metal storage! X Sharon

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  10. Nicely done Mary Ann! It looks great, love a big oversized rustic table as a desk and actually am concsidering doing the same for my home. My small office nook off my bedroom is great but not cutting it in terms of giving me enough desk space, so I think I need to graduate to a great dining table! Love it!

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  11. I love your antique table/desk. It's beautiful.
    Claudia

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  12. Boy do I wish I had a beautiful space like that.....alas I share my office with the laundry room.....which just creates guilt that I have piles of laundry to do:(
    Have a wonderful long weekend!
    Sherry

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  13. Now this is one beautiful table! I love that you are using as a dest. Perfect.
    The boxes are a great idea. I am short on drawer space also.
    Thank you for sharing, Mary Ann.
    Have a nice weekend.
    Teresa
    xoxo

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  14. I love your farm table and those money boxes are a great idea when lacking drawers. I'll have to do something like that since I use an antique table as a desk as well, it has more space then a regular desk. I hope you're enjoying your weekend.

    XX
    Debra~

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  15. It's looks perfect in the space. I am impressed that you are able to keep all your files in that adorable basket. Isn't it great to have a piece that you love,and has an equally charming story attached to it?

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  16. Love your antique desk and lighting. Looks beautiful.....

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  17. I agree that if you purchase what you love that you will find a place for it ... that has always been my philosophy and it is fun to move those special pieces around to give them new life. Your farm table makes a perfect desk! I am smiling because I have the exact same pencil holder filled with white pencils on my own desk :D
    Enjoy your weekend!

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  18. Hello

    It looks so beautiful to hang out in...
    Thank you for sharing.
    Claudia

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  19. Very pretty, I have a similar table that used to be our breakfast room table, now its in our family room as a desk and gets lots and lots of use.

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  20. Looks wonderful. We will be purchasing a dinning room table size for our library desk. Your desk is a generous size and I love the RH and PB items you used for the office essentials. - Tonya

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  21. I just love that you bought it in Europe and shipped it back. I want so much to go to the French flea markets. Someday! My desk will never look that neat! :) Have a great rest of the weekend.

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  22. I love your old table and the window was the perfect placement. It must be pleasant working there. Happy Holiday, Ginger

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  23. It makes a beautiful desk and I love your boxes. They look great!

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  24. Gorgeous. I have an old vintage library desk from the 20's that we are using as our kitchen table but one day I hope to also use it as a desk in my "one day" office space!

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  25. A beautiful table to work. Beautiful things always find a place.
    Happy day.

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  26. It is great that you were able to re-use it as your desk...and it seems to be working out perfectly. It's always those special pieces that make a home. The patina and worn qualities in the wood also give it more vintage charm that makes it seem more special and one-of-a-kind!

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  27. What a lovely place to sit and work - I am stuck at the end of the dining table until I can find a place. I love your fabric samples that caught my eye too.

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  28. Hi Mary Ann,

    What a wonderful flea market find! Isn't it wonderful to find a classic piece that can also serve us in our daily lives? You always manage to make the most of every space. My work space is in the corner of my kitchen and it ends up being a drop off spot.. I need my own space! Your home is lovely :)as is your blog.

    Have a nice week ahead!

    leslie

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  29. You know I will always love a farm table no matter how you use it! Thanks for your sweet comments on my blog as well!

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  30. Your work space looks fantastic. And you are so smart to tidy it up a bit at night. I need to make that a habit. Sitting down at my desk the next day would by much more pleasant!

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  31. Love your office - great desk, great lamp and those metal boxes are so handy - the handles are gorgeous. Nothing like having your own work space is there?? my office is tiny , but I don't care because its all mine and as you say then there's plenty of elbow room!! Sharon xxxx

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  32. "Buy what you love and you will always have a place for it". Those are great words to live by! I love your office area. So clever to use your previous kitchen table for more space.

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  33. What a great space to get some work done. I need to take your lead and straighten my work area at the end of the day.

    I have to tell you last night I made your lemon chicken pasta dish (I made it once before for my immediate family and the loved it) for the extended family last night and it was a hit! We started out with some Veuve Clicquot and Bruschetta and then your tasty pasta dish which really held its own. Thanks again for sharing it with your readers!

    Heather

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  34. It's so true - I have so many pieces that have been moved around and repurposed. A French Deco table that was our dining table in our NYC apartment is now my husband's desk and a bedside table now holds the TV in the kitchen. And I love the metal boxes!

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  35. Don't you just love it when something you have loved for so long, keeps working perfectly into your decor? What a fabulous all purpose table and it makes a wonderful desk! And I love all your accessories too!

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  36. Mary Ann I love your desk. It is so perfect and yes a great piece to re-purpose! Adore the metal boxes, very cool! All of your accessories are great!

    xoxo
    Karena
    Art by Karena

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  37. That nook is perfect as the home office! Love your working area especially the desk and those beautiful topiaries! The metal boxes are fabulous, too!

    Thanks for stopping by, Mary Ann!

    Jessie
    www.mixandchic.com

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  38. Oh it is just gorgeous!!! Love your whole work area!
    XO
    Kristin

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  39. Wow what a great desk! My work area is a disaster during the day and I do try to put the papers away each night but it doesn't always happen. I am going to at least do it right this week. Baby steps. Enjoy the workspace.

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  40. What is the blue paisley fabric that you have a swatch of in one of the pictures? Its beautiful.

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  41. A very lovely piece of work. And I really like the light. Looking fabulous.

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  42. Love your antique desk! Very nice and beautiful!
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    country kitchen furniture

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  44. wow, seems like Literally antique it is..!!
    I had one such Desk with that antique touch deep brown wood colored,However it broke down,so i was randomly in search of a new one ,I also searched on web.I pretty liked the Saffo Desk At Anima DOmus. Solid walnut and birch plywood, and features a drawer, storage compartments and retractable cable. Desk pads in leather.Gonna buy for sure.Thanks!!

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