It is the "Taka Trunk" from Crate and Barrel:
I really like it because of all the storage space in it... for all the DVD's that JJ seems to think are his chew toys (seriously). I also like it because it's handcrafted and doesn't look "perfect" - which will be very forgiving over the years to come. Little scratches and fingerprints and knicks won't be as apparent. Also, it ties into the old kitchen table I have.
I love really clean and modern things, as well as styles like Hollywood Regency, but short of replacing all the furniture I have and completing a total interior re-do of my house (which is a more traditional ranch), they don't quite fit. I loved my loft because the contrast of the modern/industrial architecture gave some of my more traditional furniture a little more of an "edge". I love that contrast between new and old, and I do like mixing it. But I'm also a big believer in not trying to force a "look". If you weigh 300 lbs., maybe skinny jeans aren't for you. And if you live in a suburban ranch that is more traditional, and you have fairly traditional furniture, you're not going to get a "loft" look by adding or subtracting a few pillows. All I'm saying is that good design, I believe, works with what you have. Now, if you have the budget to allow a total re-do.... that's great! Go for it and get the look you want! But, many of us don't, so trying to make the best of what you have with what you can afford is where real creativity can shine.
I love my new coffee table, and I love my kitchen table - which has been in my family over 35 years (and was an antique before that). I love them because they have character and they make me feel comfortable. So I'm really happy that my new purchase blends in so well with what I have going on so far.
I will definitely have to give a virtual house tour... when my house is a little more clean! I do have some ideas for new pillows, which I'll share, and my kitchen still has some things left to be done as well. We're going to tile the countertops, and I'd like to add some decorative paint accents to the walls (just not 100% sure on that yet, though). A 1979 ranch house is never done... ;-)
Wednesday, December 17, 2008