Armoires, wardrobes, large cabinets – I used to see them in everybody’s living room with a large tv hunkered up inside. I don’t see them as much anymore and I miss them! I think they’re perfect for children’s rooms. It’s an old fashioned way to elegantly tuck things away. Restoration Hardware, Pottery Barn, etc, they all sell perfectly fitted, expensive armoires for children’s rooms that are nice, but kind of bland in an americanized “french” kind of way. Why not pick a unique one up at a garage sale, thrift store or Craigslist and fit the interior and exterior for your own needs? I just took a look at my local craigslist and found a bunch – people are still selling their tv and computer station armoires in addition to the older ones that your grandmother might have had. If you don’t like the wood, just paint it. If the hardware looks blah, get some new hardware – anthropologie.com is one of my favorite places for decorative knobs. It’s a great step towards creating an interesting, eclectic children’s room. Even if the vintage is circa 2000, an armoire still brings a vintage vibe to an interior.
Laura is a Denver Interior Designer who runs an Interior Design Studio based in sunny Colorado with a strong commitment to livable and interesting interiors. She also runs The Colorado Nest, a Denver blog about Design, Art and Life in the Mountain West and co-hosts the book podcast "The Inside Flap" on iTunes, Stitcher and Google Play.
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