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I guess you could say that my style is eclectic. Some things I want brand new, others are thrifted treasures. Somethings I’ll splurge on and others I won’t buy unless it’s on clearance or just super cheap. In every room you’ll find thrifted treasures I feel very lucky to have found!
For ages I’ve been using a piano bench as a proper bench. It doesn’t really work. It’s just too small. Very, cute but still too small. I’ve been wanting a proper bench for ages. I actually want several. One for the foot of my bed (it’s crazy high off of the ground and you kind of have to jump up on it so a regular seat height bench is super convenient), one for in the living room on a particularly sparse wall and, eventually, I want to get a new breakfast nook set with a big, rectangular table and chairs on one side and a bench on the other (swoon!) I guess that’s a whole lot of benches but dang if they aren’t super convenient to have around.
I’m finding where I used to love contemporary, I’m moving more and more toward traditional. Take this Sauder bench from the Cottage Road Collection… those legs right there are all I needed to fall in love with this gorgeous piece and they are quite traditional and definitely look like it would fit perfectly into any cottage or shabby chic home. LOVE it.
I also love the price $89.99! and how easy it is to put together. Now I’m just me and I don’t have anybody to help me “build” things normally. Sure my dad is around every now and again and uses power tools for me and whatnot but since we live 7 hours apart it’s not like he can just run up and put a bench together for me. As I was opening the package, I was totally worried that I wasn’t going to be able to do this but, luckily, that wasn’t the case at all!
I didn’t need any special tools and nothing was so heavy that I couldn’t handle it on my own. PLUS as I was putting it together I realized that this baby was all real wood. There is nothing wrong with furniture that isn’t 100% wood but the stuff that is, that’s the stuff that’s going to last long enough to be passed through the generations. And all for less than 90 bucks. Pretty, affordable and doable. Loving it.
Once my bench was built it was time to style this baby up. Gotta tell you I went through a different different placements for just about everything until I found a style I was happy with but I think we all do that. Put this here, move it there, tweak it ever so slightly that only we will ever notice that very important millimeter to the left. :)
Above my bench is a reproduction of a painting that I got at a thrift store. It’s massive and cost a cool buck during the color tag $1 sale! On the floor in front of the bench is a burnt orange and white rug. I loved the shapes of the hexagons and snapped this sucker up knowing it would go really well with my painting! The throw pillows both came from Walmart and were around $10 apiece. Normally I make my own but these were cute, reasonably priced and much, much easier!
Below my bench I’ve got a basket I snagged from the Easter section and tossed some of my yarns that match the whole scene here. Am I actually working on anything with those yarns? Nope. But dang if it doesn’t look cute under there. Probably my FAVORITE thing on this bench is that crinkly looking throw that is oh, so white! I convinced my dad to drive me all the way to IKEA (it’s in Houston and I get lost so I have to beg a ride :) just so I could get it. Nothing else on the list, though other things were purchased because, come on, it’s IKEA.
My walls have recently been painted white instead of my cool, mint green I’ve had for years. Apparently white walls sell and my house is going on the market soon. But as it turns out, these white walls, white bench and then the white of my fireplace look amazing together, largely because of the accessories in bright colors that make it pop!
All in all, I love my new bench and I know it will last for ages. In all honesty I’ve totally moved it to the end of my bed and that thing gets daily use there! If you want to learn more about this bench you can visit the Sauder website PLUS you can check out the lookbook that features my bench styling as well as the styles from others! Yes, I’m in the lookbook (how cool is that!)
Written by Allison Murray - Visit Website