What’s the best way to refresh a space when your wallet is recovering from the holidays (and those hard to resist post-holiday sales)?
Move the things you already have around!
Swap an end table with a night stand. Use that old trunk at the foot of the bed for a coffee table. Move your dining buffet lamps into the living room. It’s amazing sometimes what giving new purpose to an old piece can do – and it’s free.
I’ve been giving new meaning to the idea of ‘musical chairs’ lately. My antique chairs are back down in the basement and the slipcovered chairs are back up in the dining room.
This time I tried something extra new and used the bench in place of two chairs. Maybe not the most conventional idea with a small round table like mine, but it’s something different. And boy does it open up this little room more.
Another tip for when you’re making changes – live with it for a few days before you nix it. Sometimes I know immediately and without a doubt that I don’t like something – so I won’t keep it that way. But any time I make a change and I’m a bit on the fence, I like to just live with it for a week to see if it grows on me. Sometimes it does and sometimes it doesn’t, but a lot of the time you’re just so used to seeing something one way that you need to give yourself time to adjust to seeing it another.
This bench at the table?
I wasn’t sold right from the start. But now?
Now I quite like it.
Bonus that the vintage typewriter stand gets to have a place to shine now too. It was much too cute to be living in the basement.
You probably noticed the jute rug came back out – I enjoyed the wool rug for the fall/holiday season, but was starting to miss the jute so up it came too.
A few hydrangea branches (I don’t know why but those branches just feel so winter-y to me) and pretty brass banded hurricanes for the center of the table.
And simple, neutral accents for the cabinet too.
Nothing new as in “new from the store” in here, but by making a few simple swaps with the old it feels fresh and new.
So what do you think of the “new” furniture?
Hydrangea Branches, Large White Vase, Throw, Candlesticks, Sign – no longer available
Table, Typewriter Stand, Enamel Pot, Silver Tray, Silver Plates, Cabinet, Mirror – Vintage
Plate Rack, Ladder Shelf, Bench – DIY