Now that we’re getting the trim done in the family room, I feel motivated to finish off the room a bit more. We’ve had blank walls and temporary pieces of furniture in there for a while. As soon as the paint was dry, I moved a cane chair against the wall and a flat willow basket for shoes. I also hung an antique oil painting on the wainscoting. It made the area feel less like a blank wall and more like an intentional foyer space for the side door.
But then we had a warm, sunny day on Sunday and, well 40’s felt pretty warm, so the Spring nesting thing started to bubble up and I got the urge to move furniture. I’ve been thinking for a while about moving my vanity into the family room to use as my desk. I stopped using my vanity after we finished our master bathroom. The lighting is so much better in there, I found I was carrying my makeup, hair dryer, straightening iron, etc. in there with me every morning. I use my desk every day, which was a gate-leg table, so it made sense to make the swap.
(Yeah, I need a shade for that lamp.) So, this displaced the gate leg table, which I scooted out of the way as I set up the desk. As I walked into the master bedroom, I realized the table looked pretty good against the wall. Hmmm… So, I moved it there.
The chair was nice, but the table is perfect. It makes the space look finished and the profile of the table is such that it works against the wall, even with the baseboard heaters, which makes furniture stick out from the wall about 3-4″. Because of the heaters, I didn’t think a piece would work there, but this one does.
I kept the accessories simple with some ironstone, antique books and a boxwood topiary.
And I added the willow basket, from Hobby Lobby, under the table to catch shoes or display pretty boots. Whichever.
Seeing a room evolve is so exciting to me. I love the process and I love discovering new uses and places for things I have had for a long time. I can get an entirely new look without having to buy anything new.
Of course, the problem with that is now it’s thrown things off a bit on one side of the master bedroom, but that room has always been a “problem child” in this house! I’m sure one day I’ll slide something in there and it will be perfect. Until then, I’ll just keep tweaking.