If there is one piece of furniture that I’d say almost every room in the house could benefit from is a table—more specifically, a bureau. Bureau is a term used in the Northeast (New England especially) for a chest of drawers or a commode (The French equivalent) like this one located in artist, Sally King-Benedict’s home. Read her full story here.
Let me take you room by room…
The Kitchen – Opt for banks of drawers versus cabinets when you can. Drawers allow you to see things and get at them more easily than digging around in a dark cabinet. I use the large drawers in my kitchen for cutlery, gadgets, linens, and storage for bags and other various containers and wraps. If you don’t already have this feature, use a free-standing piece instead. Place it along a wall, or consider reconfiguring it into an island. Add casters (wheels) or replace legs altogether to make it taller. Place a pre-cut piece of granite or butcher block on top. (Paint the back with chalkboard paint.)
The Living Room – It’s the perfect TV or stereo stand. Fill the drawers with DVDs and CDs. Use it as a bar for entertaining and have all of your entertaining supplies on hand…napkins, dishes, candles, coasters…the list is endless. Use it to store games and blankets, then decorate the top with collectibles and art like you see above. You can also use it to store magazines and books you’d like to keep but don’t necessarily want on display.
The Bathroom – If it fits, it can stand in for a linen closet and house towels, sheets, and beauty supplies—even toilet paper.
The Bedroom – Of course you can use it for clothes, but what about extra linens, pillows, a guest room basket filled with essentials, lingerie, and more beauty supplies. The master bedroom is usually a dumping ground for all those extra things you just can’t seem to store anywhere else. Consider using a chest of drawers to hold miscellaneous items like photo albums, baby books, keepsakes like your child’s works of art, letters and concert programs.
The Office – Home offices don’t need to look like one, use real furniture instead. I keep mail, printer paper, reference materials, and all of my student supplies like paint decks and manuals in a chest of drawers near my desk. On top sits a Grandmother clock, a topiary, and a decorative cache pot. Now my office looks like any other room in my home.
I’m all about function. If a piece of furniture doesn’t serve a real purpose, there’s no need to clutter the room. Think about how each room needs to function, then decide what pieces are going to provide storage—a necessity in every room of the house.
This is why the bureau is my favorite piece of furniture.
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