At the front of our house are two rooms – the formal dining room and another room I choose to call the piano/library/office/front room. This room of many names has been a design dilemma to me for the past eight years. It has been three different colors, all three wrong. It has housed desks and bookshelves, chairs of the wing backed and swivel variety, photos and paintings, roman blinds and cornice boxes. It is probably fair to say that this room is very confused, especially considering just four days ago it was a makeshift dining room.
For some time now I’ve been on the hunt for a large piece to put on the one long wall in the room. I only had a couple of requirements. First, I wanted glass front cabinets. Second, I needed tons of storage for all of our office supplies. Third, I really wanted to hide our printer. Now it’s clear why I haven’t found a piece to work.
A few weeks ago the Hubby and had a whole half hour to ourselves so we ran to a shop in a neighboring town on the off chance they might have a piece that would work. They had something that was the right scale, but it was painted black which doesn’t really work with the color scheme in our house. The Hubby thought to ask if they had the piece in another color. As luck would have it, a shipment was coming in with the same piece in white, so we snatched it up!
Glass front cabinets . . . check. I’ve already put a collection of old books given to me by a friend on display.
Ample storage . . . check check! I’m still doing a happy dance over the twelve drawers and four cubbies. All of our office supplies, from envelopes to labels to pens to paper are neatly stored away ALL IN ONE PLACE.
And the printer – well, believe it or not, it’s behind one of those lift up cubby doors. A perfect fit.
I love the bin pulls. I love the skeleton keys. I love the aged paint. I love that it makes a major statement in the room. In short, I am in love. There is only one thing about the piece I don’t love. It smells like barbeque potato chips. Is there a rule that Indonesian mahogany should smell like wood fired BBQ? Any thoughts?