Written on October 24, 2013 at 7:32 pm , by Jen Jones
Trend: Multifunctional Credenzas
The credenza is one of my top storage furniture picks because of the endless versatility that it offers. Today, I am sharing the top eight ways to utilize these multifunctional furniture pieces.
One: Dining Room Storage
The dining room is one of the most common places in which a credenza (also known as a buffet or sideboard) is used as storage. They are wonderful for stashing away bulky appliances, baskets containing dining decor, linens and accessories and even serving dishes. The top acts as a prime space for serving up a big Sunday brunch or intimate family dinner.
Two: Media Storage
Credenzas are lovely, unique and statement media stands. They are a step above big box store options, and often times boasting in character. Most are designed with a mixture of drawers and cabinets, making them ideal for storing both large components and smaller bins of digital media. Whether the TV mounted on the wall or set directly on the stand itself, a credenza will provide visual balance and scale to the larger piece of technology.
Three: Shoe Storage
There is no doubt that a beautiful old credenza will add beauty to your entry. Especially when it is serving as a way to tuck away and conceal unsightly footwear and cold weather accessories.
When using these beautiful pieces as entryway storage, it is a good idea to line the bottom and any shelves with durable shelf liner or shoe trays to protect the finish of the furniture.
Four: School Cubbies
We personally turned a large, three door credenza into hard-working school cubbies for our children. We do not have a designated mud-room inside of our front door, therefore, the set of cabinets does takes on many of those tasks. The large plastic baskets hold footwear, the smaller acts as a charging station for any electronics. The paper boxes hold daily papers and school supplies and the remaining space stores backpacks and lunch totes. The doors even act as a command center for staying on top of daily communications, homework and schedules.
Five: Toy Storage
Not only do kids need storage for their daily school gear, but for their play gear as well. Open faced options keep toys accessible and easy breezy to find and put away, while concealed options keep everything tucked away nice and tidy.
Six: Changing Table
Fellow Style Spotter, Joni, boasts great storage within her nursery due to the beautiful vintage credenza that she selected. The cabinet keeps unsightly necessities concealed within organized drawers while the top provides ample space for daily changes and cleanups.
Seven: Office Storage
Not only is the credenza shown above beautiful with it’s hand painted chevron treatment, the inside contains a surprising amount of organized office storage. The size of the cabinet made it an idea candidate for holding those unsightly and bulky office electronics and mailing supplies.
Eight: Bar/Serving Station
By adding a large sideboard within your living area or dining room, it “serves” as the perfect place to hang out during a gathering or happy hour. The inside can store wines, glassware and serving accessories, and the top can keep the bottles and mixers on display.
Written on August 29, 2013 at 11:00 am , by Jen Jones
Trend: Bold Bar Carts!
It seems like every time I hop on the computer as of late, I run right into an incredible bar cart makeover. I am loving that so many people are having a good time turning dated component carts and even TV stands, into bold and glamorous serving carts. Not to mention, these makeovers are budget friendly and functional! I can’t wait to scour thrift stores to do something similar myself. Even my pal and fellow Style Spotter, Michael, found the oh-so-perfect $10 cart from Goodwill which now acts as a beautiful bar cart in his own home!
As great as these transformed carts are for serving up cocktails, they are also wonderful for storing dishes and supplies for entertaining, fine china, linens, small appliances and even act as a great surface to set out your food when hosting that nice big dinner.
If you are tight on space, select something a bit smaller, that can still be uber functional. Shelves and drawers below make wonderful storage, and the top surface is the star of the show while entertaining. Bonus points for adding casters to your serving station, so it can be tucked away when not in use.
If you have a little more space on your hands, armoires become an ideal place to store your beverage and entertaining supplies. They offer an abundance of storage and flexibility and look amazing painted in bold hues.
The best part about these larger cabinets, is that a variety of organizers such as wine glass holders, plate racks, trays and even custom built wine cubbies, can be added to increase organization and storage even more. Also, it is worth mentioning that beverages always look prettier when poured and stored within vintage glass decanters.
If you are struggling to find the perfect piece of furniture to use as your entertaining station, head to the big box stores and check out the shelves and bookcases. A combination of a couple items will give you a custom look at a fraction of the cost, and pairing them with a vibrant backing or focal wall, really amps that wow factor. Adding baskets for linens, utensils and smaller supplies, provides a nice mixture of open and concealed storage.
And when all else fails, you could always build a custom buffet, which allows you to work within your budget and personalize it for your needs and given space. It also means you get to select a super fantastic color to paint it!
Again, the open shelving offers versatile storage and wine racks can be installed to add easy-to-access glass storage. Mailing tubes covered with decorative papers instantly become darling wine bottle holders, and everyday modular cubbies turn into rolling storage and seating with the addition of simple casters and cushions. The combination above makes for a compact, custom serving station which can be used year round for endless entertaining.
Written on September 29, 2012 at 8:30 am , by BHG Guest Blogger
Hi all, Michael Wurm, Jr. of Inspired by Charm here! Fall is my absolute favorite time of year. I love the deep, rich, saturated colors, the hearty and flavorful foods, and the pleasantly reassuring smells of leaves, pumpkin, and spices. As the warm temperatures of summer fade and the frost covers the landscape, people quickly move inside.
(1) Glass Globe String Lights; (2) Gold Flatware; (3) Global Medallion Dinnerware; (4) Mercury Glass Candlesticks; (5) Shadow Plaid Throw; (6) Triangle Lattice Throw; (7) Oar Server; (8) Gather Tote; (9) Yard Dice; (10) Fresh Pumpkin Crate; (11) Sumner Dining Table; (12) Who’s Wine Glasses
This year, instead of escaping from the outdoors, I’m encouraging you to embrace it! Grab some pumpkins, your dining room table, and a couple throws. Then call your friends and invite them over for a Fall Garden Party. I’ve pulled together some of my favorite fall-inspired table elements to make your dinner magical and unforgettable! Where are the chairs you might ask? Grab a few bales of straw, cover them with a blanket or rug, and you’ll have all the seating you need. Plus, after the party, you can use them to decorate your house for the season. I even dug through the BHG recipe archives to plan a delicious, simple, and hardy menu your guests will love. With the planning finished, it’s time to party!
(1) Peppered Herb Cheese Ball; (2) Mini Party Quiches; (3) Chicken and White Bean Stew; (4) Garden Salad with Balsamic Dressing and Herb Feta; (5) Maple Pumpkin Creme Brûlée; (6) Crumb-Topped Apple Slab Pie
Happy Fall, Y’all! I’ll be patiently waiting for my invitation to your Fall Garden Party.
Michael Wurm, Jr. Inspired by Charm