If you follow this blog at all you know I’ve been in the throes of nesting mania in the past weeks. Organizing, cleaning, decluttering, getting ready for Baby Benedict’s arrival. Part of that has manifested itself in an increasing dissatisfaction with some of the makeshift furniture we’ve been dealing with since we’ve been married. I was just saying to my sister I could easily spend a few grand at Ikea getting better shelving and storage space. In particular finding things that take better advantage of vertical space.
Sadly, my budget doesn’t agree. However, there are sometimes great bargains to be found so I’ve been optimistically haunting Craig’s List and Freecycle, hoping against hope that my treasure will turn up as someone else’s trash. And don’t you know it, I guess my guardian angel was listening.
One particular bugbear of mine has been our dining room. Our two previous apartments both had lovely built-in china cabinets. We have quite a collection of glassware, including two full sets of wineglasses that we received as wedding presents. And since we moved in November it’s all been residing in two boxes in our dining room for lack of a place to put it where the girls can’t knock it off. We’ve had three makeshift shelves in the dining room holding cookbooks and other miscellaneous stuff but it’s been an untidy mess and not a very efficient use of space.
Recently it occurred to me that I really wanted a nice sideboard with a hutch or a china cabinet. Fat chance! But I dutifully typed in the search terms to Craig’s List and found… a bunch of used stuff that was still too expensive. Then suddenly someone posted an offer to our local Freecycle list: Offer: Dining Room Hutch. I had to chance it, I knew that furniture goes fast. I responded that I was interested before I’d even had a chance to consult with Dom.
As it turns out it was a huge pain to move. it took two trips on two separate days in our minivan. The first day in the pouring rain! Thank you to my lovely husband, Dom, and sister, Theresa, for indulging me in my pregnant whim. I of course was not able to actually help in the moving.
But we did finally get it in. Barely.
And boy does it look good with all our stuff finally unpacked and put away!
Bonus nesting moment: I got this new green and brown striped rag rug at Target yesterday for the kitchen. Not that I really needed it but it was cute and I have trouble resisting rag rugs. I also sort of thought it might be nice to have something to catch wet spots that sometimes form under the stove. Our floor gets slick when wet and both Phia and I have taken spills recently. The two green rugs didn’t exactly match with the red and orange one; but oh well.
Then when we were moving the hutch the little blue oval rug got temporarily moved to the kitchen. It looked so good I think it’s going to stay. I love the effect with four rugs with mismatched shapes and colors. Without the blue it looked slightly wrong, with the blue somehow they all just magically work. Isn’t serendipity wonderful? (And the blue rug can catch the wet puddles that form when we load and unload the dishwasher.)