AN AFFINITY FOR ARMOIRES

I have a new/old armoire and it only took me about 17 years to get it.  This armoire is part of a discontinued Drexel Heritage furniture collection that matches a bedroom set I bought more than a decade and a half ago.  

I bought the piece used but I'm thrilled to get my hands on it thanks to some some good luck and a really great price tag. 

Drexel Heritage armoire

 


I had wanted to complete my existing furniture set for some time and while browsing on-line last month, I came across a private listing for this armoire.

The price was too sweet to pass up and to top it off the seller was located just a two-hour drive away.

Original sales price/new @$1400.  Used/mint condition=$300 (Great deal).

Now, I've heard the horror stories of buying items on-line from strangers but after talking with the seller over the phone, my husband and I decided he was legit.  

The seller and his wife turned out to be quite sweet and it was a pleasure to do business with them.

armoire handles

I love the rustic hand pulls and carved details throughout this piece.

This armoire is solid, extremely heavy and very well-constructed with screw-attachments, not glue.

Do manufacturers even make hearty furniture like this anymore?  I'm not sure. 

armoire pulls

The seller told me he had tried to sell the armoire for years but potential buyers were turned off by what they thought was wood damage.

Actually these dents, dings and white glazed areas are deliberate features and part of the distressed design presentation of the piece.

I think the scattered distressing really gives the armoire character.

armoire slats

Meanwhile, with thoughts on how I'll fit my new/old armoire into my bedroom decor (a possible future blog post), I thought it would be fun to take a look at how armoires in general are incorporated into home decor.

armoires

Armoires are wonderful storage solutions and this one in the photo below really appeals to my personal taste and demand for functionality. 

This simple with super storage.  Look at everything that fits in there.

I love the mirrored doors on the front giving this armoire even more useful.

white armoire
Photo source: Luxe

Take a look at this gorgeous, golden armoire which definitely takes center stage in this sitting room.

I think it is a bit ornate but still stunning with its intracate carvings, head to toe.

gold armoire Photo source: Internet

This beautiful kitchen with its ceiling-height armoire is not where I cook, but I wouldn't mind whipping up a few dishes here. 

This built-in, armoire coordinates with the rest of the cabinetry for a grand,  high end appearance.

kitchen armoire
Photo source: HGTV

Here's another kitchen armoire which cleverly conceals the refrigerator-freezer.  Yes, the fridge and double freezer are hidden behind the beautiful, natural-oak finish.

This large scale armoire also serves as a room divider.

Fancy, huh?

fancy kitchen armoire
Photo source: Traditional Home

Here's one more kitchen storage armoire with a glass door front.  It's highly functional with good storage capacity.

The clean, simple lines a give the room a country-style flavor.

Ethan Allen armoire Photo source: Ethan Allen  

I'm not sure I would necessarily place two armoires side by side but this old-fashioned looking duo are beautiful partners indeed.

I think the two color tones combined with the stair-step heights add even more interest to the presentation in this room.

Shaker style armoires
Photo source: House Beautiful via Apartment Therapy

Apparently armoires can also be used as vanities.  Notice the mirror that's been attached to the inside back of this piece?

This is an unexpected use for an armoire but I think it's a neat idea.

armoire as vanityPhoto source:  SF Girl by Bay via Apartment Therapy

The soft, pale turquoise on this vintage looking armoire sets the stage for this lovely, feminine bedroom. 

(I love the distressed, turquoise, writer's desk nearby too and the embroidered pillowcases did not go un-noticed by me either).

Of course, there's no way to know how the armoire is actually being used but it's but it definitely makes a beautiful, statement in this room.

turquoise armoirePhoto source: Design Chic

Finally, how clever is this?  The doors to this little girl's bedroom closet are constructed to look like an armoire.

The checkered, curtains are sweet touch that add nice, additional dimension to the piece.

It also has a touch of whimsy and I love creative interpretations like this.

faux armoire
Photo source: Imagen

Clearly, I have an affinity for armoires.  Do you?

How have you incorporated an amoire into your home decor?

COMING UP ON MONDAY

Handcrafted beachcomber basket

  

  

They're large, roomy and a great storage solution in any room.  I'm talking about Beachcomber baskets.

I made this basket in the photo on the left in just one day and you can too.

If you love the look of those Pottery Barn beachcomber baskets, I'll show you how to make one like it. 

Handcraft your own basket for a fraction of the cost of store-bought and you'll only need a handful of supplies.

Hope you can pop by again next week for my easy tutorial that may start you on a Summer basket making binge.

 

 

 

 
  • Thimbleanna

    I love armoires too — your new old one is beautiful! Those kitchen shots are gorgeous too — I’m betting the armoire in the first one also hides the refrigerator. Can’t wait for your basket tutorial!

  • melissa @ the inspired room

    I love armoires too!! And that one with the stripes on the back is pretty fun!! Glad you found your new armoire 🙂

  • Monica

    What a treat to find the armoire you have been looking for for so many years 🙂 And I enjoyed looking through all of the armoire ideas that you posted as well. I’m thinking I need to go out and find myself one 😉

  • Kisha

    I love love love your new armoire!!! The distressing makes it more beautiful. Me and my decor with armoires…HA plain jane traditional. Guess I’m holding on to that box instead of stepping outside of the box huh?

  • Stephanie @ La Dolce Vita

    I do love them, but I have to say, I am at a point where the one we bought from Ethan Allen years ago will no longer work for us – the new TV’s just don’t fit well. So we need to move it along. And it was a big, relatively expensive piece. (Around $2800 15 years ago). We definitely got our money’s worth, but I hate to see it go unused. We will store it once the new TV is here, but I hope to find use for it.

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