By Tamara Shannon
J’adore the armoire. When it seemed that everyone-and-their-mother were mounting televisions onto walls, at our house the flat screen stayed tucked away in a 1860’s Swedish pine armoire. When my own mother decided to upgrade her circa-1984 large box television to a more modern version, she moved the TV out of a vintage walnut armoire…and we found space in our dining room to turn the behemoth beauty from TV display to china cabinet. How many armoires are too many? We aren’t finished, yet. We’ve been imagining a smaller piece for use as a bar, with a mirror inside reflecting bottles and crystal for party sparkle – a pitch perfect mix of elegance and whimsy.
There is a spot upstairs for a larger armoire to become a Martha Stewart-worthy linen closet (I envision sets of sheets crisply ironed, tied together with sage-green ribbon – more realistically, we would shut the armoire doors on the mismatched piles of barely folded linens; thank goodness for the armoire doors!) If only there was more space to revamp another armoire into a handsome coat closet, or compact home office space, or tidy kitchen baking storage…
Here are some fantastic living-large armoires, as well as smaller in scale (but big on style) pieces for sale at Previously Owned by a Gay Man
at least as many armoires as there are ways to re-imagine them! How would your design perspective transform one of these multi-functional furniture staples?