Celebrate-style

June 5, 2016

Riding into a room with a cool desk


In my last column I promised you a closer look at the focal point in 11-year-old Luke’s bedroom: a totally cool surfboard desk.


HR-060516-Cathy-1

But before we ride that wave, I need to share with you the goal of the room. Yes, every room should have a goal.

Knowing your goal for a room helps shape your décor choices. Bedrooms for adults often are designed as relaxing retreats or romantic oases. But for kids growing out of childhood, a bedroom should be a fun hangout for friends or an inspiring space to study.

Luke’s parents told me that he did his homework at another spot in the house, so his room really was a place for him to draw, hang out and call his own.

Knowing Luke’s love of surfing, I was thrilled when I found this replica of Duke Kahanamoku’s surfboard. It all came to me: Instead of hanging the board on the wall, I would create a desk out of it.

HR-060516-Cathy-2

The board’s 8-foot length made it plenty big enough, but its shape provided no storage space. Luke didn’t need drawers or a file cabinet, but some shelves would have been nice.

No problem! I sketched out a simple design of a wave with shelves to anchor one end of the desk and called upon local artist Al Ness to bring it to life. After trying out the concept with a cardboard mockup, Al built the wave out of plywood and painted it in the hues of a breaking wave.

After adding some trays and bins, dude, we had a surfboard desk!

If you have an old, unused surfboard, why not mount it on a wall with brackets and a small file cabinet under one end? Or mount some shelves painted a surfer blue or, for a more ‘floating’ effect, painted the same color as your wall.

You’ll spend less than you would on an average desk — and take your room from cool to super cool, man!



Cathy Lee is a home style expert, speaker, president and designer of Cathy Lee Style. Her redesigns of residential and business spaces have been featured in local and national publications and on HGTV. For more info and inspiring photos of design projects, visit cathyleestyle.com.
One last round of fabulous style tips

September 10, 2017

One last round of fabulous style tips

Begin your design with a fun theme

August 13, 2017

Begin your design with a fun theme

Memories of NYC

July 23, 2017

Memories of NYC

Stress-free design tips for your party

July 9, 2017

Stress-free design tips for your party

Bringing together all forms of design

June 18, 2017

Bringing together all forms of design

Decorative plants are the ‘real deal

May 28, 2017

Decorative plants are the ‘real deal

Keep your air plants breathing

May 14, 2017

Keep your air plants breathing

Make your kitchen pop with accents

April 23, 2017

Make your kitchen pop with accents

Keys to a dreamy, spacious kitchen

April 16, 2017

Keys to a dreamy, spacious kitchen

Give your kitchen a personal touch

March 19, 2017

Give your kitchen a personal touch

To be free, begin with these three

March 5, 2017

To be free, begin with these three

Opening up to new possibilities

February 12, 2017

Opening up to new possibilities

Live in your space before remodeling

January 22, 2017

Live in your space before remodeling

Seeking potential in design projects

January 1, 2017

Seeking potential in design projects

Pay attention to all the little details

December 18, 2016

Pay attention to all the little details

A makeover that’s outside the box

December 4, 2016

A makeover that’s outside the box

Read all articles »

Loading...