White + Wood Chest

July 26th, 2012

It’s a habit that can never be broken, and that is my constant need to visit to thrift stores in search of cool pieces.  Four out of five times I walk away empty handed after seeing a lot of junk, but last week was a gold mine at my local St. Vincent de Paul.  On the floor were no less than five pieces I would have loved to buy, including a beautiful French buffet plus a few fab armoires.  At one point, I heard two college girls discussing a six drawer dresser and they said “We can prime and paint this, I saw it on a blog” which made me feel proud of us DIY bloggers!  I departed with my favorite find, a fab little mid century style chest, and since it was 50% off day, it cost me $20 bucks.

I thought this little chest of drawers would be absolute perfection for my hub’s office – for storing extra office supplies.  Matt has his own small real estate office and all of the furniture is dark wood, but he’s a dude and he likes it that way so I don’t mess with that preference.  But I couldn’t pass up this perfectly sized piece that screamed “make me wonderful” so I brought it home and gave it a facelift.

He used to give me the hand pinching the top of the nose plus creased forehead combo when I brought beat up stuff home years ago – but no more.  I snuck this revamped piece into his office while he was out on an inspection and then got an email three hours later when he returned that read “LOVE it.”   Mission totally accomplished.

I’m a big big fan of the wood + white combo (hello, these tables and these shelves) so again I’m up to my old tricks.  I was inspired by this mod Austin Dresser by DucDuc and all the wood/white combinations – check out the reverse too!  The real wood drawers on this particular piece were just too amazing to cover up, but the laminate faux wood grain top?  Um, no.  Goodbye and good riddance.

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Sophisticated Sofettes

July 25th, 2012

I was in search of a petite sofa upholstered in an alluring shade of blue for quite some time, so when I spied one for sale on Joss & Main last month, I snatched it up without hesitation.

Often dubbed the “sofette”, these pieces are not as large, long, or bulky as a typical sofa, nor as deep or poufy as most loveseats.  Less stiff along the back compared to a traditional settee but still a copycat when it comes to the exposed legs.  Sofettes are slim, sophisticated, versatile pieces that will squeeze into just about any space.

Predictably perfect for small space living, in apartments or in bedrooms, more unexpected yet clever in dining spaces – they’re small in scale but still comfortable enough to lounge on – the sofette is this century’s settee!

West Elm

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