Bandannas may conjure images of the rugged Old West, but an office done up in a variety of navy blue cloths can look modern and refined. The desktop can be made with a hollow-core door: Paint it blue, cover it with six bandannas sewn together, stretch vinyl over the bandannas to simulate oilcloth, and finish it with upholstery tacks hammered in a decorative pattern. A vintage dotted fabric is cut and adhered to a lampshade, while a wastebasket rests in a slipcover made from two bandannas sewn together, which slides off easily when you're ready to wash it.
Bandannas (on desk), levi.com. Hollow-core door, 36 inches by 80 inches; homedepot.com. Vika Lilleby trestle legs, ikea.com. Cylinder can, containerstore.com. Uno lampshade, in White; justshadesny.com. 1920s cast-iron factory light, hudsoncityantiques.com. 19th-century blown-glass cylindrical jar, L. Becker Flowers; 212-439-6001. Ground rug, in Orange; fortstreetstudio.com (to the trade only). Eames plastic chair with dowel legs, by Herman Miller; abchome.com. Clear plastic, bandjfabrics.com.
How to Make the Bandanna Lampshade