There was a time… not so long ago, when naming a piece of furniture meant naming its destination in your home. A small drawer chest was a nightstand, meant for the bedroom. A set of shelves was a bookcase, meant for a home office, study or library. Not so anymore!
Both smaller homes and bigger living are driving changes in how we think about furniture. Born of wireless computers, a willingness to mix things up and a more relaxed approach to living… today’s living rooms are taking on dining room qualities, and bedrooms are doubling as a place to work or escape during the day.
The result? A new obsession with ‘anywhere’ pieces – smart, stylish, one-of-a-kind furniture that doesn’t belong to any one room in particular!
Here are just a few examples… with ideas about what each might be in your home, and where it might go!
• A trunk! Rich in texture, inside and out, the lift-top floral cocktail trunk pictured above has enough presence to take center stage, enough strength to sit on… and it has storage! Think of its possibilities as… a coffee table in front of the sofa (or behind it to store books or blankets)… at the foot of a bed as a place to put on shoes and store extra bed linens… or in a young child’s room as a hope chest or toy box.
• A cabinet for organization! Where could you use file drawers? A home office may be the obvious choice, but most of us crave better organization in other places, too. Complete with locking file drawers plus drawers with dividers and felt-lined jewelry tray, the Chic Coterie decorative lateral file could go anywhere organization and style need to coexist.
This versatile piece could go next to a writing desk to create an instant office… as the focal point on a short wall… or in a spacious entry.
• A small table… that expands! This flip-top console table may look like a sofa table, but two wings expand its versatility.
Where might it go? Perhaps behind a floating sofa, in the bedroom as a vanity or in the front entry area.
Or, use it as a writing desk (or place to eat dinner, work on your lap top or pay bills in front of the TV!)
• A small drawer chest. This exquisitely-shaped French two-drawer chest is extremely versatile.
This accent chest might go next to an armchair… between two armchairs… beside a bed… or against a short wall.
• A bookcase with drawers. With cubby-style shelves and drawers, the Wendover modular bookcase could work in an office or craft room – stuffed with books and storage bins – or as part of a project desk!
This piece could also work in a dining room (it’s buffet height at 36” – with display shelves for plates, glasses and bottles)… or against a short wall as an accent piece.
Whether you need a bit of extra storage or a dramatic focal point, stylish ‘anywhere’ furniture can look as good as it works!