Monday, August 22, 2011

When life gives you a giant box of's time to redecorate.

Perhaps it's a symptom of working from home, but lately I've been getting more and more into the notion of home decorating.  I'm sure most interior decorators would still cringe at my lack of a cohesive anything in my environs (eclectic would be a really nice way of saying that most of our furnishings were bought off of craigslist or swiped from an alley), but I'm beginning to take an interest in how everything is looking at the home base these days.

I recently inherited a treasure trove of vintage finds from my great-grandparents....glassware and linens aplenty!  Actually, there's so much, I'm selling some of it off in my etsy shop - it's kind of hard to let it all go, to be honest, but there's no way I can store all of it in our house.  I've had to be choosy in what I keep for myself, and the rest is up for grabs, bit by bit.

Table runners were apparently big for my great-grandparents.  There are some really amazing embroidered ones, though I must admit, my taste gravitates more towards the plainer ones.  They're perfect for covering our record storage cabinets and proving to be the perfect complement to the vintage teapots and other glassware I've collected over the years.  I wish I were more into flowery pink things, because this table runner really is exquisitely done!  I'm just not a pink-flower-lace-doily kind of lady...which is great news to anyone who is, I suppose!

I also recently acquired an armoire...and while it wasn't found in an alley, I did manage to snag it for free by the side of the road.  I was walking with my yarn guru, Lauren, and we spotted it on the way to the farmer's market one Sunday.  Long story short - she ended up convincing her family to help me transport it back to the apartment and move it into my yarn room!  Let me tell you, it took some doing...and needless to say, if we ever move out of this place, the apartment will come with a free armoire.

It's funny, because when I was a kid, I always wanted an armoire.  I have no idea why, actually, but now that I have one, I can understand the obsession.  Armoires are awesome!  During my recent spate of cleaning (which I have dubbed the 'Great Reorganization'), I decided to use said armoire for linen storage - what a great place to put all my massage sheets, extraneous pillow cases (the only bed linens to survive years of storage for my great-grandparents, apparently), blanket collection, extra pillows and other assorted linens.

My next project will be to set up a bona fide home office - I predict an ikea run in the not-so-distant future!

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