But I got a blank space, baby and I am just fine with it. For once.
This is where our Christmas tree stood this year (hello unloved Fiddleleaf! I will water you someday.) Before that, we had an antique dry sink here. But, I never loved the color of it next to our wood floors and the top of the dry sink made styling on the wall behind it difficult. When we were struggling to find a spot for our tree I decided it would be the perfect time to move the dry sink and put the tree there. I knew after Christmas I would have an empty space, but I just assumed I’d figure something out by then.
But guess what? I got nothin’! After the tree was taken down, I tried moving a dresser there with an ottoman for balance (and another place for the kiddos to put on their shoes as they race out the door in the morning) but that looked funny. The ottoman was too wide. And the dresser was the same color wood as the dry sink so that didn’t solve that problem, and I just wasn’t feelin’ it.
So I did what I always do which is to see what I could buy to fill that space and hope The Boss didn’t notice I was buying more furniture. Here’s what caught my eye as I shopped online:
First stop. Cost Plus World Market
Option #1: Everett Foyer Table $260. I like the weathered finish, the length, bottom shelf + 2 drawers. (I can’t get a pic. Check out the link. It’s really cool.)
Option #2: Wood and Metal Aiden Console Table$232. I like the size- 50” long, and the industrial style but wish it had drawers. Great option though!
Now on to Overstock.com. Have had lots of luck buying curtains and rugs from here.
Option #3: Elements Cross-design Grey Sofa Table $160. Grey? It doesn’t look totally grey to me but that’s what happens a lot when ordering online. Colors look really different from screen to screen. Love the metal legs and how they cross. Price is awesome.
Option #4: Simple Living Piazza Sofa Table – great price $104 but not sure if the bottom is too boxy… might limit what I can put under it.
All of those options would probably work and most would be an ok expense for me (well..maybe…) but, ultimately, I’ve decided to do nothing…
Rather than buying something because I feel like I have to have something “Right now!!!” to fill a spot, because …what if someone came over and saw NOTHING??? Well, then I thought about it and I realized the simple truth that I seem to forget too often: my friends and my family don’t care if I have a blank space; they don’t come over just to see our things. They come to be with us, whatever our house looks like. So it doesn’t matter at all if something is Undone. Or if my house is messy. Or if Legos cover the dining room table that we don’t ever eat on. If we wait for perfect, we will miss out on many wonderful moments with the people we love the most (if you like where this is going, you need to read a blog I follow: The Nester. Click to see what she’s all about. Her blog is awesome!)
So I am just going to wait. Not wait to invite people over or live our lives. I mean wait to buy something. I mean it. (The Boss is totally skeptical right now but I am strong.)
I am going to wait and wait until I find something that’s just right. Hopefully it will be at a yard sale or at Sal Val and cost only $25. That would make it even better. A girl can dream, right?
In the meantime, what space are you struggling with in your home? Tell me about it. Maybe we can fix that blank space together…or, maybe not for now?
ps. If you read my post on plants, check out this orchid from Wal-Mart for only $9. I’ve never had an orchid before but the label said to give it 3 ice cubes a week. Now that’s my kind of plant.