Antique Washstand

Antique Washstand

When it comes to home decor, I've learned awhile back that if you really like something, you should just buy it. Even if you don't have the perfect space for it at the moment, you will eventually. Our closets, garage and basement can all vouch for me on that statement! You just have to be patient and know that eventually the time will come, and when it does you can reach into your bag of tricks and pull out the perfect piece! You don't ever want to fall into the trap of buying something because it's the right size for the space or the right color for the room or just simply a great deal...but you're not totally into it. If you settle on a piece because 'it will work' for one reason or another, chances are you'll be replacing it sooner rather than later. I'm a believer that you truly should love everything in your home. This is your sanctuary and the one place you have total control of, so why not surround yourself with items that make you happy? I guess I applied that same methodology when I found this vintage washstand at an auction several weeks ago. I knew it may not be the most practical piece, and it may be a more difficult piece to sell due to its lack of versatility, but I loved it! And I knew refinishing it would make me happy, so I bought it. Here is what it looked like originally.

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Making it Personal

Making it Personal

When it comes to monogramming, people's tendencies are all over the board. There are those people whose goal in life is to stamp their initials onto every article of clothing, textile and home accessory, making sure there is no confusion whatsoever who the item belongs to (or that your middle name starts with an M). Then, there are those people who just plain don't get it. I think I fall somewhere in the middle (but probably more towards the first of the two groups). I'll admit, I'm a sucker for a classic monogrammed hand towel, and if there is a display of lettered coffee mugs at the store, you better believe I'm going to stop to see if they have an 'A'.  And c'mon, there really is nothing more innocent than some cute little kids running around in monogrammed smocks and Jon-Jon's. So, this week when I decided to make a custom chair for our bedroom, I couldn't resist the opportunity to personalize it with our initials.

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