I’m alive! Yes, I did fall off the face of the earth for awhile. Lot’s of changes on my end including a new job, TWO new apartments, change of city and endless other excuses I could give for slacking on my blog posts. All this new apartment living is keeping me busy with lot’s of shopping at decor stores and craigslist.com for a steal. Currently I’m on a mission to find the perfect dresser. I’ve strewn photo finds of fave looks around this post but I want to give a little detail on how I go about finding and buying the right furniture.
I tend to create the furniture in my head first. This can be a curse as much as a useful function. It is no fun and quite frustrating when I have the absolutely-most-perfect-dresser in my head but alas, it does not exist in reality! This is why starting with an overall intention is also part of my initial plan for success. I recommend starting with what function/s need to be served, what size is required, and start perusing online catalogue’s for inspiration.
Once I know what I’m looking for I hit the stores! Both online and in-store. To not get overwhelmed I limit my searches to a particular budget, color scheme (in the dresser case I’m only looking for an all-white dresser or one that has at least some amount of white in it), size, and general style. For my dresser I know I need at least two drawers, small, white, cheap, and preferably vintage. If I don’t find vintage I need it to at least have the base off ground (furniture that is flush to the ground, without petite legs giving breathing room, gives a more grounding and heavy feeling) with simple and sleek lines.
The last and most important point when you search for that “perfect” piece of furniture is to stay open-minded. You could pass something wonderful up if you don’t stay open to pleasant surprises. You will also become more stressed the more particular you are about having to get only a very particular piece. As an example, I’ve been looking for dressers but just today I came across a really cute bookshelf that I’m thinking could suit the same functions and purpose as the dresser. The bookshelf’s look, price, and everything else is so perfect I may not need a dresser after all. :)