Thursday, June 29, 2017

A Decorating Dilemma

I have a bit of a decorating dilemma. Or perhaps a quandary. 

And it's all my sister's fault. 

The other day she went to the house next door to hers, where they were selling off everything. 

And she spotted this. And knew I would love it and want it. 

Let's face it, I need it. 

Like a hole in the head, but regardless. 

What is it, you ask?

Why, just this beauty. 


She immediately started blowing up my phone, trying desperatelyto reach me to see if she should pick it up for me. 

I wasn't next to my phone, it was in my purse, and I was running around trying to get out the door for work. 

When I finally got in my car and got her next call, I looked at the photos she sent me and fell in love. 

Completely and totally. 

Do I want it? Are you kidding me? Of course I do!

She said it's in immaculate condition, not a scratch on it, and it is by Ethan Allen. 

Hey, I know how expensive their furniture is, and what amazing quality. 

How much, I asked. 

One. Hundred. Dollars. 

Are you kidding me?


Look at those beautiful glass doors. I am seriously drooling. 

These are the photos she sent with her phone, excuse the quality. 


Such a country piece, perfect for my little mountain top home!!

I'm so excited, Mom and Dad will be bringing it back in their van next week. 

But the question is, where on earth will it go?


My dining room is pretty much exactly how I want it. But I'll have to make some changes to make room for it. 


There's no room for it on this side, the wall space is too narrow. 


I could move something in front of the window wall, but I really don't want to. You'd see the back of the piece from the other side, and that wouldn't sit well with me at all. 


I thought about possibly putting it in the living room, or moving something else into the living room. That's what I'm leaning towards. 


I'm considering moving the dry sink I use as a bar into this space, which will clean up this area nicely. I could store the magazines and such in the dry sink, which would be nice. I'm just a little worried it will be in the way when we are bringing in wood, I'll have to try it out and see how it works. 


There's definitely no place to put anything new on the other side of the living room. 


You see the dilemma I'm in? And remember, I don't really like change very much. I have a hard time adjusting when I move things around or swap out big pieces. 

But there was no way I was going to pass up that amazing piece. 


Do you think it will look odd to have two tall pieces on either side of the window? Because I'm really leaning towards moving the bar out and swapping in the new hutch. I can use the open area as a bar, with some bottles stored below and more glassware on the top. 

I'd love to hear what you think!

39 comments:

  1. It's a beauty. For what it's worth, I think you would enjoy it in your living room. I bought my antique tiger oak hutch for my quilt collection and adore having it in my family room. But ... it would be a great piece, no matter where you put it, dining room, living room, bedroom. I love it.

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    1. I would certainly enjoy it out in the living room, but there's really no room for it, sadly, Dayle.

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  2. It looks really nice - a sound purchase.

    Thank you. Love love, Andrew. Bye.

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  3. Lovely! I like your idea of swapping it out for your current bar...it would add symmetry. It's a lovely piece nonetheless. Curious to see where it will be placed. Enjoy your day! ;)

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    1. That's what I'm leaning towards, Donnamae - it makes the most sense, for sure!

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  4. Well, I was so carried away looking at how pretty all of the rooms are, I forgot to picture the cabinet placed somewhere. It is a beautiful piece. I do think it would be pretty where the bar is now. :)

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    1. Awww, thanks, Henny! It truly is a beautiful piece, and who couldn't use a little more storage, right?

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  5. I think it would be a great balance in the spot where your current bar is now. It is a really pretty piece. Congrats!!

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    1. Thanks so much, Chris - that seems to be the general consensus. I think that's where it's going!

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  6. How about to the right of your fireplace where that stool is? Weren't you looking to place something tall there before anyway? Just a thought! :-) Or...do you have room in your bedroom? Or the downstairs family room?

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    1. There's a stupid baseboard heater where that stool is, which makes it tough to put a piece of furniture like this, Melanie. It would stick way out into the room. I could put it downstairs....I just don't want to, ha ha!! I want it upstairs where I can enjoy it!

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  7. Oh boy! That is a hard one for me to help with since I don't like change or figuring stuff like that out. I have the same dilemma with a handmade kitchen cupboard given to me for free. It will go in my back room behind closed doors for now because there is absolutely nowhere to put it and I am not passing it up! I will look forward to see where you put your pretty new cupboard!!

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    1. Ha! I'm so glad I'm not the only one that has trouble with change, AnnMarie! When I was younger it was fine, but now that I'm older, I get something the way I like it and that's it!

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  8. A beautiful vintage piece, and yes, Ethan Allen, has some of the best furniture.
    I can't tell you how many pieces of furniture I have dragged home, with no clue where I am going to put it, but it usually works out.
    I think it will find it's little nook.
    ~Jo

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    1. It appears it found its little nook elsewhere, Jo - so sad!!

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  9. What a beauty and what a GREAT price!!!! I'd put it in the dining room area as that seems the most feasible. I'm excited for you and look forward to pictures when you have it set up wherever you set it up.

    Change is hard but it can also be very good. Enjoy the process and your beautiful new piece.

    FlowerLady

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    1. It was a beauty and at that price I would have most definitely found a good home for it. Alas, it went home with another, Lorraine.

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  10. I know the perfect place for it Debbie. Gosh, Im surprised no one has figured it out but me. The perfect place is.....MY HOUSE!!! Then you won't have to be upset with the change. Really though, I think on the other side where your bar is would be the most feesible

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    1. Cindy, do you have something to tell me? Did you swipe my new hutch? :)

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    2. Oh goodness NO!! I can't believe you didn't get it. I'm sad for you (and maybe me) We had an Ethan Allen secretary that was my mother-in-law's and we gave it to our daughter because we down sized. UH---she painted it. I can't decide if I like it or heart broken cuz she did.

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  11. Oh my goodness, what a sweet sister you have! That is a beautiful piece of furniture and Ethan Allen is quality. I'm thrilled for you.

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    1. I was thrilled for me, too, Debbie, until someone else managed to snatch it right out from under me. :(

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  12. Debbie, I first thought of swapping out the bar in your dining room, then I saw that wood stacked in your living room and thought you might put it there. Then I got one more idea that's a bit out of the box. I know you have a large updated bedroom and you might be able to put it in there. Because you get to make the final decision, make sure to share it with us when it's all moved it! Enjoy the 4th!

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    1. Your ideas were all good ones, Carol, too bad I will not get to try any of them out.

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  13. It's a great piece and a total bargain for EA furniture. Where to put it? Always a challenge, I know, but when you get it in the right spot, you'll know! Looking forward to the big reveal!

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    1. Well then you better read today's post, Kim!

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  14. My very first thought was put it where you have your bar right now :)

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    1. I guess someone up there heard me saying I don't like change, Deb!

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  15. Yes... in the dining room on the other side of the window! Then, hmmmmm.... where to put the bar? Maybe in the living room instead of the bookshelf? Wow. I can see your dilemma, but what a wonderful dilemma to have! P.S. You are so lucky!

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    1. I sure hope your luck is changing with the whole house-building nightmare, Vickie!!

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  16. I don't have a shred of advice on where to put it but definitely put it somewhere! We have a few pieces of Ethan Allen and they're so well made. It really looks to me as if the design is much like the renown New England artist Peter Hunt. I'll be looking forward to seeing where you put it and what you put in it!

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    1. It wasn't my day, Dewena, it went home with another. I'm sad, but I'll get over it!

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  17. I can't wait to see where you do put it. Your home is so pretty and cozy but you definitely need to incorporate this new beauty.

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    1. I cannot wait to see more of your gorgeous house, Stacey! So excited for you that you are finally moving in!!

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  18. Good Morning!
    What a beauty of a piece and I really adore your home and and your plants! You have a green thumb outside and inside your home!
    Ethan Allen one of the best ever:)
    Hugs,
    Jemma

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    1. I do love my plants, Jemma, without a doubt! I just think they add so much character and warmth to a home!

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  19. What a great piece, Debbie. It's beautiful. I like your idea of putting the dry sink in the living room and placing the EA hutch where the dry sink is now. Hope it works out for you, but if not I know you'll figure out something else that's wonderful. Your home is lovely. So full of character. xo

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    1. Thank you so much, I fell in love with my home the second I stepped inside on my home tour! Then when I saw the horses outside the window, I knew I had to live there!!

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