|lonely chair with fluffy dog|
Plus, where do you put your drink? On Nessa's head? Yeah, right. There are a millions reasons why she doesn't make a good end table.She isn't always standing right there, she moves without warning, her head doesn't have a very good flat spot, and she is so nosey she would want to see what you had put on her head. Which leads to spilled drinks; wasting perfectly good wine. I'm never one to waste perfectly good wine.
I decided to shop my house for some sort of end table but didn't come up with anything good. The magazine basket with the mirror on it just wasn't cutting it and I didn't have anything else that wasn't being used in another part of the house.
This necessitated a shopping trip. Did I mention I don't really like to shop? No? Well, it is not my favorite activity but in this case it was needed. Out I went to brave the drippy cold of Houston (54 and drizzling, felt like I was back in Seattle). I found a resale/thrift store close to where I had to run another errand to find this:
A very large wicker basket. It was a twofer! I could store extra pillows and throws and the flotsam that seem to accumulate in the living room and use the top as a place to set a drink.
This basket wasn't my first choice. I looked at this awesome mid-century end table but didn't buy it. The store wanted $40 for it and I just didn't want to spend that kind of money. I offered them $25 with the hopes that they would dicker with me a bit to come closer to my limit. Which was $30. Why $30? Because I have a wooden tray that I could have re-purposed with brackets and legs purchased from the DIY store for $30. the mid-century was a no-go. Then as I wandered to the back of the store (always wander to the back of the store. You just never know what you'll find) I found this wicker basket. It was tagged at $25, bingo! Not only is it more versatile but it was within the budget limit.
I brought it home; stuck my $5 (bought from Target for my Christmas centerpiece) mirror on it and dressed it up with house shopped items. A plant in my MIL's dark pink bubble glass vase, an upside down wine glass (another MIL keeper) with candle on it and the sweet little vase that my OB/GYN gave me when my first baby was born. I did all this after filling it with stuff; helps weight it down you know. Beyond the fact that there is less stuff hanging around my living room.
I'm feeling pretty good about the whole thing. It is simple, eclectic and functional. Completely my style.
When you took your tree down did you just put back what was there before or did you dress it up a bit?