A Spooky Secretary Desk

It’s my favorite time of the year. Fall has come in with the cool northern breeze and the Maryland trees are slowing giving into the season with pops of orange and vibrant reds. The nights and mornings are cooler and I have bright yellow mums and pumpkins on my porch. As a native Texan, there isn’t a fall day that sneaks by without me being fully caught up in the magic of the change of seasons. I’m seriously loving ever colorful leaf that falls from the trees around me.

I felt inspired by the season while photographing this sweet secretary desk that I just finished for a new client. It must be the mix of the old claw feet, smooth black milk paint, and the deep grain of the wood that has me swooning over mystery that this piece holds. I LOVE it and it’s just fitting for the month since the claw feet give it a creepy-factor that’s very Halloween.

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A Hand-Crafted Empire Secretary Dresser/Desk

Hey friends,

It’s early at the Tate home as I type. I’m sitting with an open laptop, a eucalyptus spearmint candle lit, the cool fall air blowing in from the north, and a box of Puffs VICKS-infused tissues by my side (these are heavenly by the way). Between the bipolar weather and absolutely overdoing it; my body has officially shut down for the weekend. Closed-for-business. Sneezing, coughing, and lots of ickiness in the nose region are my sidekicks for this cloudy day.

I must confess that building a business has me feeling both exhilarated and exhausted. Mentally and physically energized and drained. I’m constantly burning the candle at both ends, and today I just ran out of gas.

And you know what? No one is mad about it. No one is making me work. That work-horse that never lets me stop is actually just my pride -so I’m giving myself a break. Sometimes we have to let go in order to slow down and just enjoy life.

This cold has thrown a wrench into my weekend retreat plans with some incredible friends, and my marathon training. Who wants to run 14 miles with a sore throat? But in a way, it feels like a blessing in disguise. I haven’t spent a weekend at home with no plans or taking care of someone since the beginning of August (in the midst of moving, working, and a trip to TX -so possibly even before then). So if anyone is looking for me, you can find me snuggled on the couch, just being present in my home. I may possibly go buy some mums for my front porch, binge watch a show on Netflix, and actually finish a project or two around here for my sanity.

And on that note, I finally have time to share one of the many projects which had my attention this summer/early fall. This hand-made Empire Secretary Dresser. Absolutely a work of art with stunning hand-detailed craftsmanship and beautiful solid wood. Take a look.

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