I love being in the shop each day surrounded by beautiful pieces of furniture and wonderful accessories. But, just like you, I sometimes get tired of looking at the way the pieces are arranged. Whenever a major piece sells, it is pure happiness not only in helping a customer beautify their home, but it allows me to rearrange the shop and create a different feel using the pieces I still have. Of course, I am also constantly bringing in new acquisitions – another activity that brings pure delight – which allows me to “tuck in” pieces here and there around the shop.
Simply put, moving furniture around from time to time adds function and a freshness to your pieces. It’s all about taking a room, putting together a master plan, and then implementing the change. You live with it a while, see if it works for you, and then change again as your needs and/or taste evolves. It’s a constant ever-changing process, but that’s what helps to make a house truly feel like a home.
When it comes to creating those special spaces, we also like to think outside our comfort zone a little. One of my favorite times in the shop is when a customer comes in looking for a specific piece of furniture. As we talk and walk around, we look at other furniture pieces that are similar in need but may be a little “out of the box.” For example, an armoire that is typically used to house a television – why not mirror the back and set a bar inside it? Or what about a lovely French youth bed that someone has outgrown – why not place it in a family room, sunroof or nursery as a sofa? We all inherit things that more than often do not fit our needs or style, however that old chest can become a sink base, a “tired” sideboard can be painted and moved from the dining room into an entrance hall – the list goes on.
That’s the beauty of antique pieces – they are timeless, always functional and can multitask! Next time you are looking for that specific piece of furniture, take a look around your house first and see if you can rearrange a little. And then, come by and see us – we’ll help you fill in the gaps and also offer ideas for pieces you haven’t even thought about!