summer garden styling on an antique secretary desk

As we skip into June and gardens are bursting outdoors, it’s nice to also bring some of those garden vibes inside. Come in and see how I dressed up the antique secretary desk in the living room with a garden styling.

garden styling in an antique secretary desk

We acquired the secretary desk from my parents, which I just spoke about in this post {book review – Feels Like Home}. My childhood home furnishings make my home today “feel” like home, and I love to honor my parent’s memory in my own home.

garden styling in an antique secretary desk

The secretary desk is old, and rustic, and chunky, and I love it! You can read more about the secretary desk here {through the seasons – an antique secretary desk}. I also included additional posts at the end with more stylings of the rustic desk.

garden styling in an antique secretary desk

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details of the garden styling on the antique secretary desk

I love to bring the outside in, whenever possible. This garden styling provides all the outdoor summer vibes right now. I used various gardening and floral motifs on the shelves of the desk to evoke those summer, garden feels.

garden decor in an antique secretary desk

Floral Prints

I moved the floral prints from the foyer {a new spring foyer styling} since the foyer has a summer refresh now. I will share other summer decor around here as I add finishing touches. How is it June already?

garden decor in an antique secretary desk

Anyway, I thought the floral prints played nice with the garden styling. I love their smaller scale, since it lends them to fit into different vignettes nicely.

garden decor in an antique secretary desk

Botanical Cards

I picked up these cards on one of my last visits to Eugene, OR to see my son at college. Botanical drawings always draw me in, and these little cards just called my name.

garden decor in an antique secretary desk

I am sure they will be popping up in a variety of stylings and vignettes around here until they end up in a more permanent project capacity. I will let inspiration guide me. They would actually make a cute garland. Hmmm……

garden styling in an antique secretary desk

Floral Frogs

I love collecting vintage floral frogs. They always make great props for styling. The profiles alone are fabulous, but they can hold cards and other details and flowers of course.

garden decor in an antique secretary desk

You can see other projects with floral frogs here {spring vibes tablescape} and here {thanksgiving tablescape 2015}.

garden decor in an antique secretary desk

Fresh Blooms

Of course no garden styling would be complete without fresh blooms. These flowers are from our front yard. I did some pruning this past weekend and this is the reward.

gardening blooms

The yellow flowers are from our dusty miller in the front sitting area. The purple flowers are from another silver leaf bush, but I can’t remember the name. I’m loving the unexpected blooms since we don’t realized they had lilac flowers.

garden decor in an antique secretary desk

Gardening Details

The little terra cotta pots of course evoke all the gardening feels. I actually purchased these at the Dollar Tree months ago for a different project(s). I hope to be sharing said project soon.

garden styling in an antique secretary desk

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I also included a set of mini gardening tools to keep the summer garden vibes going. These are great to use for houseplants.

garden decor in an antique secretary desk

other details on the garden styling

Along with all the gardening goodness I also included vintage books and advertising pots. This hopefully adds interest and variety to the garden styling. Happy June!

garden styling in an antique secretary desk

get the garden styling look

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“A garden is not a place. It’s a journey.”

Monty Don

sharing @ between naps on the porch


  1. such a pretty floral display, MJ!! I actually just purchased my first flower frog a few weeks ago… I love all of your green ones!! Those yellow flowers really pop against the dark wood of the desk. Lovely, friend!

    1. Thanks Rachel! Yes, flower frogs are fun. XO- MJ

  2. I love all of it 🙂 The floral frogs and botanical cards are lovely, and all of those amazing green vintage books!!

  3. Anna says:

    Ohmygosh! I literally have some of those English and French advertising pots that you have on your shelf! Great minds. . . I also love all your flower frogs! You can never have too many flower frogs -especially vintage flower frogs.

    1. Thanks so much Anna. Yes all the advertising typography gets me every time! Also a friend’s father owned a florist business and when she liquidated it I was able to get my hand in some cool floral frogs. Thanks for the visit friend. XO- MJ

  4. Cara says:

    Oh MaryJo, this is beautiful! I am in love with your parents secretary. My mother has one, and I have always admired it even as a child. I need those cards, I will be on the lookout for some, they just set the tone.

    1. Thanks so much Cara! You are too sweet. Thanks for all the encouragement always! XO- MJ

  5. NikiLEOwife says:

    It looks so pretty! Thanks for sharing on Crafty Creators!
    Niki | Life as a LEO Wife

    1. Thanks so much Niki! XO- MJ

  6. I feel very similarly to you about family furniture, MaryJo, and I treasure the pieces from my family’s past. Your ideas for summer garden styling are lovely too. Thank you so much for sharing this post with Hearth and Soul. I will be featuring it at the July Edition of the party which goes live on Sunday 2nd July. Hope to see you there!

    1. Thanks you so much April! That’s lovely to hear and I appreciate the visit. XO- MaryJo

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