I inherited a bunch of furniture from my grandmother about 5 years ago. My favorite piece — and the piece I almost let get sold — was the credenza that lived in her living room my whole life. It's a beautiful mid century teak credenza that I have truly treasured having. It has moved with me from my first apartment all the way through living with someone to being single again. I've used it a million different ways and it's something I'm likely to have my whole life.
Bedroom (image 2)
First it was in the bedroom of my very first apartment (Laure's Sparkling Space — the launching point of writing for Apartment Therapy!) housing clothes and odds and ends. I kept it relatively cleared off with only a mirror and a couple of objets.
Office (image 1)
Next it became storage for office odds and ends near the dining table I used as a desk (and in the setting of the infamous Books in the Rafters Post). I changed out the artwork on top and tried not to let the printer live on it.
Dining Room (images 3 & 4)
Then I moved in with my boyfriend into a proper house it became the backdrop for the dining room table. The drawers held the kids' drawings and inside the main compartment we kept books we didn't have any room for on the shelves. I put together a terrarium for the top and put one of my favorite turquoise lamps on it. It made a guest appearance in this post about caring for teak furniture and also one of Grace's posts about using sheepskins on shell chairs.
Living Room (images 5 & 6)
Now it's come full circle and it is back being used in the living room. The boyfriend and I broke up so I have a smaller space. This time I decided to get the shelves out of storage and use them the way my grandma did in her living room. This provides endless opportunities for tweaking and re-accessorizing — but it also gives my living room a more anchored feel with such a strong, timeless piece of furniture. This time around it made a guest appearance in Abby's post about 7 Ways to Rediscover the Beauty in Your Home. You can also see more pictures on my own blog.
Gramma (image 7)
This is the only picture I could find of how my grandmother had the credenza and shelves at her house.
Do you have a piece of furniture you've repurposed as you've moved around?
Images: Laure Joliet