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Sensual Jade

Posted on 2013.03.03 at 00:00
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Back in 2007 I purchased this desk from OfficeMax. Or at least, I thought I did. I couldn't find any reference to the story in the annals of this blog, but they shipped the main desk, and the corner piece. They never shipped the smaller attachable side desk. When I contacted them the first time they told me the desk had been discontinued. I communicated with them for awhile explaining how the corner section, in order to be usable, required both pieces and asked them to come pick up the corner piece and refund my money. Those emails remained unanswered.

I have been carting around this corner piece every time I have moved, unopened in the box. Its even gone unsold in three garage sales. Once, I tried to give it away.

Fast forward six years and I'm walking through OfficeMax and saw my existing chair coupled with my existing desk. I thought, "Hey! That looks familiar." I then stopped dead in my tracks and tried to make sense of what I was seeing. It was my full, L-Shaped desk, only...it wasn't. It was very similar - nearly identically so - except the legs were in a different configuration. Same color wood and trim, same glass, different desk. I found the tag and saw it was a different brand, but seeing how all this crap probably comes out of the same Chinese manufacturing plant, that's not so unusual. Mine was branded "Sharper Image" this was branded, "Brenton Studio." I borrowed a tape measure from one of the staff and measured the distance between the retaining screws, then went home and measured mine. They were identical.

I decided on the "full size" desk rather than the smaller side desk, and it was on sale $50 off. My new office - back in Newton - is the fulfillment of my realization back in 2007.

And since Ralph Laruen no longer makes paints, I settled on Valspar Signature "Sensual Jade."

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In this series:

Sensual Jade Office
Tangerine Kitchen
Purple Living Room
Ivy League Master Bedroom


Artemis' Chew Toy
tattooedraven at 2013-03-03 07:26 (UTC) (Link)
Wow... I think you should decorate my hole in the wall office space! That is one awesome set up there Sir. :D
ehowton at 2013-03-03 15:22 (UTC) (Link)
Thanks! It certainly can be challenging at times. I never know what it's going to ultimate look like and once the paint is on the walls ITS TOO LATE!
Artemis' Chew Toy
tattooedraven at 2013-03-03 20:12 (UTC) (Link)
Well it's an excellent choice! and a very cool desk to go with it (at long last).

** THIS ** was my office wall before I painted it over after a false promise from my bosses. My office really is a hole in the wall with no windows and no natural light (and the doc wonders why my Vit. D levels are so low), so long ago I painted my wall blue, which couldn't' be seen unless you came into my office, but then I painted over it in hopes of getting a larger office with a window, but I suspect it was a ploy by the evil minions to get me to paint it white again cuz I've been told I'm never going to have any other office but my little room. :\
ehowton at 2013-03-04 15:17 (UTC) (Link)
I love the Royal Blue!
pcofwildthings at 2013-03-03 13:50 (UTC) (Link)
What a beautiful wall color!
ehowton at 2013-03-03 15:10 (UTC) (Link)
Thanks! I bought a matching hat :)

Eric Howton Newton, March 2013

What is really unique is how much the color changes tones during various lighting events; things like sunrise, sunset, and incandescent lighting.
slchurchman at 2013-03-03 14:45 (UTC) (Link)
Sometimes life is just good! What are the odds that you'd find that third piece six years later. Looks great.
ehowton at 2013-03-03 15:38 (UTC) (Link)
My middle name is Serendipity.
ehowton at 2013-07-16 01:03 (UTC) (Link)
Or, as I heard in a Warehouse 13 episode recently, "Serenity is my stripper name."

Edited at 2015-03-10 07:22 am (UTC)
michelle1963 at 2013-03-03 15:20 (UTC) (Link)
I have paint envy!!! :)

That was so awesome that you were able to fill out your desk to its full potential. Looks terrific and oh so highly functional.
ehowton at 2013-03-03 15:50 (UTC) (Link)
My career - nay, the entirety of my life and life's work - is function over form. Paint is the one variable over which I have some semblance of control, though the tonality is often different than what I envision. Perhaps it is giving me what I require rather than what I desire?
codekitten at 2013-03-04 21:55 (UTC) (Link)
wow, the desk looks great and i LOVE that color!
ehowton at 2013-03-05 00:55 (UTC) (Link)
Why thank you! Its a nice space if you have to work for a living :)
CeltManX, Devlin O' Coileáin
celtmanx at 2013-03-05 02:50 (UTC) (Link)
So you've left your dungeon lair and entered the light I see. The wall color is a nice choice.
ehowton at 2013-03-05 04:18 (UTC) (Link)
Troll no more!
CeltManX, Devlin O' Coileáin
celtmanx at 2013-03-06 03:35 (UTC) (Link)
Your comment could be interpreted by other people with different perspectives in a negative fashion.
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ehowton at 2013-03-07 04:37 (UTC) (Link)
Thanks for saying so :)
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