Arlyn’s 3-Year Journey To Find Her Dream Vintage Armoire (For Under $500) + A Bedroom MOTO Update

Web buddies and maybe new readers (strangers!) alike: It’s me. Arlyn. Verbose ex-Editorial Director turned good friend of the weblog. I pop in on the event, however frankly, it’s been far too lengthy. Concern not, nonetheless, as I come bearing presents for anybody who should still have a morsel of a reminiscence left about my bed room makeover. You understand, the one I began planning and writing about right here and alone weblog two years in the past. Earlier than a serious damage/mysterious sickness (I’m on the mend). Earlier than a child (she’s improbable). However there have been some developments, and the time was ripe to share. 

I’m not right here to spoil any of the juicy particulars everybody waits for in an official reveal, however reasonably, to discover my journey to the one piece I’ve been ready on to drag my total design collectively. The x-factor that was lacking from all my temper boards. I went by iteration after iteration and all the things merely felt too…new. Too trendy. Not “me” sufficient. I favor designs which can be completely imperfect. My bed room plan wanted slightly funk soul issue, and expensive weblog mates, it’s been discovered (and at the moment ready patiently within the storage). 

However first, let’s simply remind you of the place we began: 

a really boring “earlier than” of my bed room

…the place we first tried to go (again once I needed a rust velvet mattress): 

Mattress | Plug-in Sconce | Nightstands | Cupboard | Dresser | Paint | Mirror | Curtains | Cloth Swatch | Rug | Lumbar Pillow (not accessible) | Quilt Cowl | Quilted Set

…and the place we finally landed (almost):

Mattress | Sconces | Dresser (classic) | Nightstands | Armoire | Rug | Armchair | Footstool (comparable) | Aspect Desk | Curtains (comparable) | Quilt Cowl | Linen Physique Pillow | Floral Pillow Cloth

Okay, now onto the great things; why we’re all right here right this moment.

This journey begins as many are likely to for us design lovers: with a photograph. 

Again in 2019, earlier than the world imploded, and earlier than I left EHD, I labored on a put up a few of you old-timers could bear in mind. It was a bed room makeover that includes Brooklinen bedding styled by Emily Bowser. Whereas there’s no denying the room as an entire was superb, there was one a part of it that has caught with me all this time. 

Midway down the article, in a single picture amongst many is a photograph of the room from a special approach the place you may see a classic burlwood armoire. Extra precisely: *The* armoire. The singular furnishings piece that, unbeknownst to me on the time, would ship me on a campaign, nay, a pilgrimage to search out one for myself. 

photograph by sara ligorria-tramp | from: this natural, punchy bed room could also be our new favourite makeover

The search began harmless sufficient: Some informal poking round whereas I sipped my weekend morning espresso. Scroll, scroll, scroll by Fb Market/Craigslist/Supply Up/5 Mile/Chairish. A contender or two would sometimes current themselves. Typically, even Caitlin would ship me some choices to think about however issues have been both too massive, too small, too far, too broken, or—essentially the most heartwrenching—too costly. I had given myself a price range of $500 to work with, so among the classic beauties in pristine form I’d discover have been too wealthy for my blood. 

Not fully understanding what to seek for and likewise not satisfied anybody who had one thing comparable knew find out how to title it for me to search out it within the worth vary I needed to search out it in, I attempted loads of completely different variations and combos of phrases:

Burlwood armoire.

Burlwood bureau.

Burlwood cupboard.

As soon as I noticed “burlwood” is perhaps the difficulty phrase, seeing that I not often acquired many outcomes south of $2k, I moved on to extra inventive descriptions.

Stable wooden armoire. 

Mahogany closet. 

Olive wooden wardrobe. 

Armoire with heavy grain.

too distant (i went forwards and backwards with the vendor making an attempt to persuade him to ship it to me and that i’d pay him however he wasn’t having it, and any quotes from native supply providers value 3x the worth of the piece itself).
too massive (however man, what a magnificence).
this one seemed shut however then ended up truly being positioned out in ojai. plus, the fashion wasn’t precisely what i used to be searching for.
left: why i used to be looking within the santa barbara space is past me. | proper: this one was a bit too petite (i used to be searching for one thing no less than 60” tall and 40” huge).

At one level alongside the way in which, I type of simply gave up. I desperately wanted extra storage as my Nineteen Thirties residence was heavy on character but anemic on locations to stash my clothes and footwear (not to mention the rest). Evidently, folks within the early twentieth century owned three shirts, two pairs of shoes, and a set of slacks. Truly sure, that is probably true. They hadn’t found the surplus that plagues modern-day, and whereas I attempt to hold my wardrobe extra on the minimal aspect lately (, only a few pairs of compression leggings and nursing T-shirts are all you want once you do business from home and have a 6-month outdated breastfed child), I do have a *bit* of a factor for footwear. And purses. Oh, and pajama units and bras (however that’s a dialog for an additional day…or by no means). 

Fast apart: Again in my early twenties, I had a weblog referred to as The Equipment Junkie the place my tagline was “As a result of footwear by no means made you’re feeling fats,” and let me inform you, I’ve lived this reality for a lot of my grownup life. Purses…in addition they have by no means made me really feel even remotely dangerous about myself. Solely good. Skinny denims = dangerous vibes. Leather-based bucket luggage = confidence increase. Alright, again to furnishings. 

So when you can think about, ya lady may wanted an answer for the place to place her footwear. I tucked my dreamy wooden armoire hopes on the highest shelf of my coronary heart and began searching for one thing new. Certainly, if I ever have been to return throughout one thing by happenstance, I may promote or repurpose what I had and make the swap. However for now, I got here to phrases with my dashed classic fantasies. 

I flirted with a good looking grasscloth cupboard from Crate & Barrel, but it surely ended up being a bit too massive. There was the period the place I seemed up each caned-front armoire I may discover on the web, pondering the feel could be a pleasant addition to steadiness the velvet and brass of a few of my different furnishings and lighting picks. Listed below are among the ones I extremely thought of (typically once I was feeling spendy, and different instances once I introduced myself again right down to earth):

1. Sands Grasscloth Storage Cupboard | 2. Webbing Sliding Door Cupboard | 3. Classic Acorn And Cane Sliding Door Gustav Bookshelf | 4. Wallace Cane and Oak Armoire | 5. Marte Storage Cupboard | 6. Wooden & Cane Transitional Armoire Brown

I even took a pointy left flip and began exploring Brutalist-style bureaus as a result of perhaps I’d have higher luck there. In the end, the search simply acquired a bit stale and my entire bed room makeover simply got here to a screeching halt. 

After bravely putting in a gallery wall at 39 weeks pregnant whereas my mom nervously noticed me on our step ladder, I type of simply gave up. Arranging artwork was all I had left to present for some time. Our daughter was due any day, and we had introduced in her altering desk, bassinet and different child issues that may probably keep there for no less than 6 months, if not a yr. They lived alongside the wall the place I had deliberate my armoire to go, and understanding that made me lose steam in my pursuit of something new or classic. There have been different issues to give attention to, like feeding a teeny child within the wee hours of the morning, checking continually if she was nonetheless respiration, staring in awe on the human I in some way constructed with my very own physique. 

After which, about 5 months and alter later, whereas holding my lady as she napped, I felt the urge to choose again up the path that had gone chilly. 

My Fb Market feed was chock-full of options associated to all my previous searches, so I don’t even bear in mind typing in any new phrases. Just a few flicks of the thumb and my coronary heart began racing. My breath caught in my chest. I almost dropped my toddler (I’m exaggerating right here. She was secure in my arms, don’t fear). There it was: A fantastically patterned just-ornate-enough “Classic Walnut Wooden Armoire Wardrobe Cupboard” solely a tiny bit over my authentic $500 price range. 

whereas it’s not a lifeless ringer for the unique inspiration, the spirit of it was the identical. what i actually needed was a wealthy wooden grain with a lot of motion and matchbooking within the sample. 

It wasn’t precisely shut by, but it surely wasn’t to this point that I thought of it too massive of a hurdle to recover from. My thumbs trembled as a hurried to kind out a message to the poster: “Is that this nonetheless accessible?” It was. “Would you settle for $400?” They wouldn’t. “$500” they curtly wrote again. Bingo. Go low and make them meet you within the center, I’ve realized. 

The subsequent job to determine was find out how to get it from them to me. Charles—my extremely affected person and supportive husband who additionally at all times annoyingly says issues like “the place precisely do you intend on placing that” each time I share one in all my hair-brained design buy schemes with him—had no concept my hunt was again on. Asking him if he thought it would slot in my small SUV needed to play hand in hand with a delicate act of convincing him to additionally drive the hour there and hour again to go get the factor. So as an alternative, I requested the vendor for the tackle and acquired a quote from a supply service I had used earlier within the yr for a classic dresser I scooped up. My solely problem with Charles could be convincing him that the armoire may and will simply dwell in our storage till we had the room in our bed room to convey it in after the child moved into her personal nursery. This, nonetheless, is a daily sticking level in our relationship as “put it within the storage” is at all times my answer, whereas he appears round down there and claims there’s no room. 

I’ll spare you the small print as a result of I wouldn’t be scripting this put up if it didn’t work out. The title of this text just isn’t “Arlyn’s 3-Yr Journey to Discover Her Dream Classic Armoire & The Story of How Charles Made It All Fell Aside.” Not-so-spoiler alert: I acquired my armoire.

There was, nonetheless, a bizarre second the place my Zelle cost appeared to undergo on my finish, however not on theirs (was I getting scammed? In spite of everything this?!?). They wouldn’t give me the precise tackle for choose up with out confirmed cost so it was a bit contact and go for a minute there, however the banking deities made it occur. The subsequent day, it was safely delivered to its momentary holding place…and my marriage stays intact. A husband, a child, and a bureau…what extra may a woman ask for? 

In order that’s the place this story ends, for now. Our daughter Evelyn is rapidly rising out of our bed room and can quickly be moved into her personal area, so my main bed room Makeover Takeover can start but once more. 

Within the meantime, right here’s a fast peek at an up to date moodboard with a tough Photoshop job of my armoire mocked in: 

There isn’t a lot left to do apart from finalizing some bedding, pillows, small decor and styling, so I hope to share my area with everybody right here within the coming weeks. The armoire is missing shelving inside I must optimize its storage, however I’ve been eyeing some adjustable stress cabinets I can add in pretty simply. 

And there you could have it…or reasonably I have it. It’s slightly exhausting to imagine that what began as an ember aglow in my coronary heart in 2019 truly got here to fruition. A sluggish burn that I lastly acquired to extinguish. I can’t wait to see all of it come collectively lastly, and my footwear are wanting to be let loose from the basket they’re all crammed in. 

Keep tuned, candy EHD readers and see you quickly!

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