(P.S. I almost called this “multi-porpoise furniture” to be silly but I didn’t want you guys to think I only buy furniture if it has dolphins on it. That would be weird. I haven’t done that since my Lisa Frank days.)
In my opinion, furnishing a house can be stressful. I’m a worry wart so I’m always over-thinking my furniture purchases. I don’t want to get a piece that is going to be seen as “trendy” and I’ll hate in a year or two. And I worry that it would be a “one hit wonder”. You know… the kind that you only find one use for and you can only use it in that one way. What if I change my mind? What if I want to move it?
USE #1- Well, as a Bookcase…
So when I actually do get new furniture, I always look for it to be multi-purpose and versatile. I want that baby to be able to hold just about anything and go anywhere! And I want fit with our style. Because if it fits our style, it will go with all the other pieces we love as well. And if it is versatile and fits our style, that piece is in it for the long haul.
Remember my Sauder tall bookcase I showed you a few months ago? It is a perfect example of a multi-purpose piece. We put it in our master bedroom and filled it with books. But then we started our giant replace-ALL-the-floors project and all the books got boxed for the time being. So then it took on a new use…
If you have been around LPH for any length of time you probably have realized that I am crazy cheap. I HATE spending a butt-load of money on something when I can find something of similar style and quality for less money. (Random: did you know that a “butt-load” is an actual unit of measurement? Well it is. You’re welcome.) It is one of the reasons I have never bought anything from Pottery Barn. Yes, I’ll drool over their catalogs, but I can’t justify paying $700 on a bookshelf when I can find it somewhere else for less than a 1/3 that price.
And because I am such an incredibly kind and benevolent ruler of this slice of the internet, I wanted to share my amazing find with all of you. Seriously guys, Sauder is awesome. Sauder is this great company that manufactures high quality furniture at affordable prices. I got this great tall bookcase and gold storage ottoman for less than $250! And yes, in case you were wondering, those ah-mazing label plates came with the bookcase.
This post is sponsored by Plaid Crafts. All opinions are mine.
I would never call myself artsy. Creative? Sure. Artsy? No way. If you give me a brush and tell me to paint something, you would get something that looks like a 2 year old made it. Wait, that isn’t kind to all the 2-year olds. When I’m looking to create something a little more detail-oriented (i.e. anything but a blob), I turn to stencils. Stencils are my BFF. So when Plaid contacted me asking if I wanted to try out Ed Roth’s Stencil1 stencils, I was totally game. AND, better yet, I knew exactly what I wanted to do with them… create DIY stenciled tea towels!
Hi. My name is Talitha. And I’m a Ranch-aholic. “Hi Talitha.”
My history with all things ranch probably started when I was 7 years old. We were visiting family in Missouri and ordered some pizza. My cousin told me of the amazingness that is Hidden Valley Ranch + pizza. I’ve been a giant fan ever since… as evidence here and here. So when Hidden Valley asked me to recreate an old family favorite with a special ranch-y twist, I was totally game. Now we have a new favorite: Spicy Ranch Potato Wedges!
Hi. My name is Talitha and I’m addicted to shiny things. There. I said it. Admitting you have a problem is the first step, right? As much as I like shiny and sparkly stuff, I’ve always been a little afraid of glitter. I blame it on a first grade art project that ended with me washing glitter out of my hair for weeks! But, when Amy from Mod Podge Rocks emailed me asking me if I would review her new line of stencils, I decided that maybe it was a good time to give glitter a second chance. BTW, after getting Amy’s email, I may or may not have done a little happy dance while yelling, “SHE KNOWS ME!?!?” a la Buddy the Elf. Yeah. I know. Me = weirdo.