Sunday, January 24, 2016

Continuing my quest for simplicity

So a week after I proclaimed myself as a minimalist wannabe, I posted on my Restored Treasures Too Facebook page that my hubby and I were on our way to Angola, IN to order a piece of furniture for our master bedroom.

It's really a big part of my TRYING to become minimalist, just fueled by my husband's latest purchase.

Let me explain.

Right before Christmas the hubby bought a new TV for the great room. We already had a nice TV in there, but the entertainment unit is big enough to hold a 49" TV, so I guess he felt the need to accommodate. (Can I just mention the man has a 52" down in his man-cave! What is it about a man and his TV's?) Anyhow, he took the 40" TV that used to be in the great room and put it in our master bedroom, now I'm left in a predicament, it doesn't fit in the current TV cupboard.

The small TV that we had in the master is still inside this cupboard because I have no clue where to put it, (You've heard of "musical chairs"? How about musical TV's!!) and this cupboard also has three shelves that hold our clothes, so it served two purposes. The TV to your right was in the great room, the one that needs a new piece of furniture, right now it's just sitting on these chests waiting for a home.

To be honest, it's been my plan for some time to rethink our home space. Some of our furniture just doesn't serve our needs very well anymore, so this whole TV situation has actually pushed me to start the process. It's going to be confusing because it means deciding which pieces to keep and moving furniture that I want to keep around from other parts of the house, finding better homes for them.

Take this little black cupboard here in my husband's office........

This room never got the makeover that the rest of the house got a few years ago. I just couldn't even go there, and I mean that literally, I couldn't go there because I can hardly get in the room. Lol, I'm exaggerating a bit, but the room is a nightmare. And I'm ready to tackle the mess.

 First I need to find a new piece of furniture to house all this stuff that's in this little cabinet because it's too small, and because we have to get down on our hands and knees to get at the stuff inside, lol. So now I'm hoping that the  tall cupboard in the master bedroom will work. It's perfect for the job, if it fits in the space. That will remedy this problem. But then I'll be left with the little black cupboard that will get a new paint job for sure, and if I can't find a place for it I will sell it.

 I've also been rethinking the whole dresser situation in the master bedroom for some time. We have two dressers, a large chest, and the tall cupboard that hold clothes and a lot of them we don't even wear. I mean how many everyday clothes does one need, I have my favorites that I always go back to. Why do we hang on to stuff? Seriously, I think we could downsize on the clothes just a bit and eliminate one dresser so we'd have more space in there.

So I want a functional piece for the master bedroom that houses the TV and clothes. I've gone to several used furniture stores in the area, I've perused Craig's List, gone on eBay and Etsy looking for something that will work. I couldn't find anything that I didn't love enough to warrant the prices on even the used pieces. And I wanted something that fit the aesthetics of my other large furniture pieces. So we decided to have it built, by my favorite furniture builder from Angola, IN. Dog Eared Primitives. Yesterday we drove the 3 1/2 hours one way to visit his antique shop and to custom order a piece that will serve us well.

They built two pieces we currently have:

In the meantime, I am going to be focusing on the functionality of our home, move pieces that can be better utilized in other areas of the house and getting rid of those pieces we simply don't need.

It will take a few weeks to build our furniture piece and I can't wait, but I will be sharing pictures when we get it.

My goal for our master bedroom is to simplify it and pack a punch at the same time.

 I will not sacrifice great d├ęcor on my quest for simplicity!



  1. Isn't it great when a plan comes together? I cannot wait to see how it turns out.

    1. Thank you Nancy! Now if I could get my husband to learn that less is more!!!

  2. Anonymous11:11:00 AM

    We have played the musical tvs game too which is followed by the furniture to hold the tv match game LOL! You have some gorgeous furniture pieces and I can't wait to see your new one. My hubby is the one who likes to hold onto things also - sometimes I have to be kind of sneaky to get rid of things!

    1. It seems to be the men who find it hard to part with their things. I have many friends who say the same thing, maybe if they'd have to do the cleaning they wouldn't be so reluctant to get rid of stuff! It has cut my cleaning down considerably!! So purge away!

  3. Ooh, I can't wait to see the finished result! Sometimes you need to detour on your road to simplicity and I agree with you, if you're going to have less, you should love it all!!

    1. OMG Kim, I try.......I really do!!! My husband is a bit of a hoarder, so it kind of defeats my purpose, at least our living areas are uncluttered! He has vowed to start going through his stuff and I'm going to keep on him until he does! It really does clear your head when you get rid of stuff, weird, but true.


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