Pretty and Functional
One thing that I am always striving toward when thinking about design, is to ensure that each piece is not only pretty, but also functional.
With three little kids, an open concept home (that is significantly smaller than our old house), having each piece serve a function, as well as meet our desire for aesthetic and flow, is super important.
I want to ensure that my kids feel like they can be kids in our space. This is their sanctuary. This is their safe place. And in order for them to really believe that, and want to stick around, it truly has to be (aka they can’t be in trouble constantly for breaking things).
Enter the IKEA Tarva dresser.
We’ve had this dresser sitting around for quite some time, serving virtually no purpose.
I spent some time this weekend watching Emily’s course on arranging flowers for a little party we were having. And realizing that I had no place to display them as you walked into our home was really the catalyst that set this all off.
I “quickly” rearranged basically our entire downstairs after the kids went to bed, because taking on big projects the night before you host is always the story of a DIY’er. (what is wrong with us?!)
This dresser is real wood because my original plan was to stain it. But I’ve been on a Sherwin Williams Iron Ore kick lately, and so since that’s what I had lying around, that’s what this dresser got.
I love that it is real wood because that means it is very porous and you can fully still see all of the wood grain on the dresser which adds to it’s modern look.
After just one coat of paint, I decided we had achieved the look I was going for.
Then, I enlisted my husband to drill new holes (old holes need to be puttied and then painted), for the chic brass bar pulls that I ordered from Amazon.
These pulls are extremely light weight, and although I LOVE the look of them, I’m not sure how they’d hold up if you used them in a higher traffic area (such as bathroom drawers or in your kitchen). But they work perfect for what we need them for.
This dresser is now full of all of the kids’ art supplies, random activities that they may choose from during quiet time, and our greeting card stash because writing old school snail mail Thank You’s and Birthday Wishes are something that this family won’t let die.
No one says that high style and function needs to cost you a million dollars.