SHOPPING FINDS: Parson Me
It was August and the school year was approaching. My 11 year old daughter needed a spot to do her homework and (coincidentally) I had wanted a Parsons desk for quite some time. Funny how things work out.
Actually, my 11 year old must inherently know that I hate knick-knacks. Otherwise, why does she love to store and display every Oriental Trading Company plastic piece that has been handed out (ceremoniously) at the birthday parties she has attended since the age of two? Perhaps she carries the gene for keeping the junk that I am anxious to get rid of. Anywho, I didn't want a desk that offered lots of storage because that would give her more room to keep her, um, possessions.
A modern style desk, Parsons is the name given to a table where the square legs are equal in thickness to the top. Ironically, I used to hate modern furniture. I love and appreciate antiques, and enjoy the hunt for a piece that has both history and beauty. But I've come to love the simplicity that the modern look provides. Perhaps this appreciation coincides with a more hectic life and all the junk that is routinely deposited all over my house by my kids.
This great layout (above) using back-to-back Parsons desks is shown on the Made By Girl blog.
And how fun is this Parsons desk (below), painted hot pink by designer, Naomi Stein, and set off by the bold blue walls. Featured on her blog, Design Manifest.
Some other inspiration rooms that include a Parsons desk....
The Parsons desk provides a large enough workspace to be functional (usually around 48' x 24"), without the bulk, allowing it to blend in with almost any styled room.
There are plenty of choices available for the Parsons desk, ranging from about $63.00 to $500.00....
Home Decorator's Collection offers this Parsons desk for $199.00 in ice blue:
At Overstock, you can pick up their version of the Parsons desk for a mere $63.00 (shown below), but read the reviews before you add it to your cart:
West Elm seems to have the market share on the Parsons style desk. The high gloss lacquered finish differentiates it from the others, and lends itself to the modern look that the desk offers. You can pick up the desk in white lacquer, spruce green (shown below), or wood veneer for $349.00, or spend $599.00 for the mango wood.
And the metal Parsons desk from West Elm (shown below) retails for $499.00.
I opted for the West Elm version, thinking that for such simple lines the lacquer really gave it an extra punch. And given that her bedroom is already bright, with walls painted turquoise and the ceiling in a periwinkle, white worked best. It flows with the other furnishings in the room, a white antique bed and dresser.
I paired it with this acrylic chair from Overstock ($114.00), to keep the room looking light, as well as fun for a "tween". Yes I know you're thinking that I look too young to have a tween. Thank you. Back to the chair....Pottery Barn Teen sells one just like this for $199.00. With all of these retailers, see what specials they are offering. Many will give you an introductory discount of about 10% just for signing up for their promotional emails.
While hunting for the desk and chair, I also settled on this light blue, Soho Medallion rug from Overstock that blended remarkably well with the turquoise walls. At just over $200 for the 5' x 8' size, it was affordable.
For a desk lamp, I opted for a simpler task style lamp since she already had a chandelier for a ceiling light and a beaded shade from Pottery Barn Kids on her bedside table. I found some cute ones, like this Hi-Light Task Lamp, at Pottery Barn Teen for $79.00:
But worried it would be too much bling, I decided to go with the Barometer lamp from Ikea, $29.99. I love the details at all the joints. It has a classic look and would look as nice in a child's bedroom as it would in an adult office.
But look at this one I found (of course) after I purchased the Ikea lamp. This is the "Pharmacy Task Lamp" at Kirkland's online. It comes in brushed steel, bronze, or antique brass, for $49.99. I can't make the photos any larger but take a look at their web site because these are attractive lamps.
And the finished look...I moved the dresser to the center wall and gave its former spot to the new Parsons desk:
My daughter wanted white boards to write reminders to herself, but I didn't like the office look of a true white board.
I thought about painting the wood or metal frame around a white board, but instead I opted for these glass "Kludd" boards (below) from Ikea. While I would have preferred one that also is magnetic, these Ikea ones include clips for her to hang photos or papers. And it's only $19.99. She can write on them with regular dry erase markers and use a wet paper towel or rag to wipe clean.
I picked up these cute prints (they come in a set of 3 and include one for New York that went to her brother) from Ikea for under $15.00. I used double-sided tape and centered them behind the glass. So she gets cute prints that are covered in usable dry erase glass. These boards also have clips so she can attach photos to them.
You can see her doodles and notes below. And when she tires of these prints, she can easily switch them out. It's a great way to keep her room updated as she grows up :(!
*If you live near a brick-and-mortar West Elm, be sure to check their sales floor for any discounted floor models. We picked up ours for almost half-off the full price, making it all the more appealing. And while it had one nick in the paint, it was in a barely noticeable spot that I covered with white glossy nail polish (yes, they do sell white glossy nail polish).