I‘ve always found I enjoy decorating my home the most when it happens on a whim. I know it’s possible to plan things out and buy just the most perfect items for each space, but I just don’t tend to work that way as often. I’m a believer in using what you have whenever possible. Yes, even when you move to a new home.
Now, certainly there are times to just let go of stuff and buy something new that is perfectly suited for the new space. I’ve found some new things for this house, mostly because we have different sizes and shapes of rooms than what we had before so not everything works. But I find you can often come up with creative arrangements and ideas for how to use what you have when you aren’t in such a hurry or so quick to start over.
When we moved into this house, our bedroom here was MUCH smaller than our last bedroom. Our previous bedroom was somewhat small compared to many master suites, so I guess this one is super small :). In order to function, we bought a new dresser for our room. I searched high and low for a vintage dresser and tried to use a piece we already had, but nothing spoke to me or worked for the space we had. This one was perfect and I absolutely love the style and vibe of this piece.
But this is where I don’t feel like I’m a normal person because even when I buy something SPECIFICALLY for a particular space, I never seem to leave it there! Gah! I have issues. You see, I had an idea over the weekend. What if our newish dresser was moved to the living room? My husband cringes when a whim like that strikes because he just knows it will result in something unconventional, like our underwear being stored in the living room for the time being. But that’s beside the point.
When I get these whims, I don’t really worry about logistics like where we’ll store undies. I just go with the creative flow and fortunately (other than the momentary squinty eyes and tilty head to show his confusion over my thought process), my husband knows there’s no talking me out of it. We’ve been married forever so he just knows when I say “I have an idea…” that it will result in moving furniture.
So, we put the sliders under our dresser (if you do not have furniture sliders, these or these, and you are prone to whims, you NEED THEM. Just sayin’ they’ll save your back and maybe your marriage, too) and before I even had my coffee in the morning, our new dresser was no longer a bedroom dresser. It’s a buffet cabinet, or whatever fancy name you want to give a cabinet with drawers located in a living room or dining room.
I realize I had just moved our game table to that very spot, and as much as I liked it there, I REALLY like the feel of this better. In fact, I love it. I think it was just what our living room needed to steer the style in the direction I imagined. And besides, we’re going to be setting up our lower level to be more of the “man-cave” so the game table will fit in well down there.
Yes, putting the dresser here caused me to have to buy two new botanicals to really make the statement I wanted (this and another botanical art that was on sale at a local garden store). But that small investment was worth it. We hung them this week but I still need to get some sticky tack to keep them all straight. I’m so happy now with how our living room is coming along! My whim didn’t fail me this time! Sure, we have unmentionables in our living room. But we’ll solve that slight inconvenience.
All in due time.
Our dresser is from here. Find a brand new roundup on the blog featuring similar dressers and sources here, and you can find a few similar pieces in our shop here. One of the types of botanicals I have can be found here (the other seems to be out of stock online). Additional sources from our home can be found here!