The furniture jigsaw

I do it every so often. Ben can sense it coming – my restlessness causing ripples around me. Sometimes it’s like awakening from a deep sleep. I open my eyes and suddenly see my home afresh. I cast my critical eye around, noticing all the unfinished details, the corners of clutter that have built up unchallenged, the arrangements of objects that yesterday seemed passable, but today offend me. We’ll be watching a film, all cosily horizontal on the sofa when I’ll jump up, move some objects around, tut, sigh, and return to my seat.

So it was without surprise that Ben greeted my words, “will you do me a favour?” Resignation was all over his face as I demanded the cabinet from my nanna’s house be dug out of the deepest darkest depths of our chocablock garage where it had been sheltering, boxed in and piled high with stuff.

Like a woman possessed, I oversaw its transfer. Shimmied it into a position in the living room. Stood back to view it from various angles. Nudged it a couple of inches to the right. Stood back. Swapped its position with its neighbouring chair. Took a seat on the sofa for a final analysis and nodded. Finally, I could declare, “It works. It’s staying.” Ben agreed, but what he liked less was the fact that by bringing the cabinet back into the mix, we’ve displaced an armchair. And he knew what was coming next.

So, 45 minutes later, the dressing table has been replaced by the vintage sofa (hefted up the stairs by the two of us), which was moved to make way for the displaced armchair, which gave up its spot for the cabinet. The jigsaw puzzle of furniture is complete again, for now.

And I’ve got a smile on my face again.

Oh how I love rearranging furniture. Try it sometime.

Terrible, unstyled, night-time shot of cabinet

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11 Comments

  1. August 27, 2012 / 9:13 pm

    I have a long suffering husband too! Dear love them, they just know they have to go along with all our little notions. Rearranging is my fix when I’m not decorating for real. The cabinet looks well, and very practical storage too.

    • Heather
      Heather
      Author
      September 25, 2012 / 12:20 pm

      Thanks, glad I’m not the only one!

  2. August 28, 2012 / 3:49 pm

    I love that cabinet. I can’t wait to stop having to save all our cash to buy a house itself and start spending it on thrifty finds and the odd new purchase. The idea of rearranging furniture excites me – I really need to get out more.

    • Heather
      Heather
      Author
      September 25, 2012 / 12:19 pm

      No, just come round here and you can help me rearrange my furniture instead! Socialising and reorganising in one. Perfect solution.

  3. August 28, 2012 / 6:39 pm

    I am terrible. We have decorated the dining room and lounge this weekend. I insisted on white, well cotton white. Now to persuade Drew on the wallpaper issue!

    • Heather
      Heather
      Author
      September 25, 2012 / 12:18 pm

      I bet cotton white is lovely and calming.

  4. September 7, 2012 / 9:50 am

    Some rooms I change all the time (the living room) others have been exactly the same since we moved in (our bedroom). I love the cabinet.

    • Heather
      Heather
      Author
      September 25, 2012 / 12:18 pm

      I’m determined to get one room finished this year!

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