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My Top 10 Versatile Furniture Pieces That Play Double-Duty

Stylish solutions for small-space living & beyond
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X-benches (in leopard, no less!), ottomans and rattan stools. Moroccan poufs, Tini tables, lacquer shelving units and rolling bar carts.  These are a few of my favorite things, friends.  It’s really no surprise though, because I think of all of these versatile pieces as ones that “move” with your life.  They’re the kind of pieces that come in handy for a little more surface, an extra seat and a major boost of style. 

As you saw in this week’s One Room Challenge reveals (see part I and part II), I included several items that “play double-duty” as I like to call it.  In the first few weeks of the project, I quickly realized that the quarters were tight and the were floor plans were unique.  So, the perfect solution was to use these versatile furniture items, because small-space living should never mean you have to sacrifice style or comfort.  But my favorite part?  These items easily fit into life no matter the size or shape of the space that you call home. I mean, you can’t find me without my Tini tables at home these days.  So check out my top ten picks of versatile furniture and decor pieces below, but then tell me which ones you’re eyeing for your own space!  Truly, MKR


Shadow Gold Leaf Etagre with White Lacquer Shelves

Worlds Away, $2,472.50

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As I styled it in this week’s One Room Challenge final reveal, a bookshelf can easily double as an at-home bar.  Not to mention, when the bookshelf is this gorgeous, you’ll find all of your prettiest favorites to show off. 

Metal & Stone Bar Cart

Target, $97.99

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This perfect little bar cart (under $100!) can be wheeled around the whole place in a pinch.  Of course, I’d put a few necessities for the perfect libation on it.  But as I shared here, I used it as a surface for a statement decor piece like this gold starburst statue.  The best part?  You can switch it up whenever you want! 

Hyde Storage Coffee Table

West Elm, $899

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This modern take on a trunk-turned-coffee table is perfect for small-space entertaining. The top and side opens up to reveal storage for all of your bottles and barware, making it super simple to serve a cocktail with no bar cart in sight. 

Luna Rattan Side Table

Magical Thinking, $89

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I used these rattan side tables in this round’s One Room Challenge and couldn’t love them more. The room didn’t allow for a coffee table, so these tables were a great solution, offering just enough surface area when needed.  And of course, they’re movable to be a foot rest, side table and even another seat! 

Python Parsons Table

Society Social, $695

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This faux python console table is my go-to surface for styling an at-home bar (as seen here). The table’s size allows for room for all of the important stuff (a lamp, tray, books, and flowers), while still fitting quite nicely into the space. In this round’s One Room Challenge, I used the console table behind the sofa for additional surface area since we had to forgo a coffee table. 

Lacquer Storage Coffee Table

West Elm, $599

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Both this white lacquer storage coffee table and this industrial storage coffee table are great solutions for tiny living rooms. The compartments allow for simple stowing of necessities, without sacrificing a single drop of style. 

Tini IV Side Table

Oomph, $316

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I’ve been a long-time fan of Oomph’s Tini Tables, as I introduced in my very first One Room Challenge final reveal.  In fact, we teamed up with Oomph to create an exclusive WOM design this time last year.  They’re a made-in-America, handmade piece that’s probably my favorite way to accessorize a room. While small and lightweight, they’re the perfect surface for your morning cup of coffee, reading material and of course, your glass of vino.

Garrison Ottoman, White

One Kings Lane, $229

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This x-shaped bench is a design I lean on time and time again when styling a room. The ottomans are incredibly versatile, being the perfect size as an extra seat, a foot rest, or an end table. Now I typically don’t play it safe when it comes to colors and prints (as seen here), but this option above is a great affordable pick for anyone. 

Rattan Stool

Nate Berkus at Target, $67.99

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I am utterly obsessed with this black dipped rattan stool by Nate Berkus at Target.  As I shared in my sitting room the other week, the piece is the perfect addition to my cozy corner. And like all of the other finds in NB’s fall collection, it doesn’t break the bank but looks just as fabulous as can be. 

Moroccan Leather Pouf, Gold

One Kings Lane, $199

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I love me a moroccan leather pouf, especially when it’s gold.  These versatile additions are designer favorites when an extra seat or final pop is needed. Try placing yours in the living room or even bedroom (seen here) to complete the room, and know that you can move it around whenever your heart desires! 

Photography, Rustic White for Waiting on Martha

The One Room Challenge 2016: Week Five

DIY Fabric Covered Bulletin Boards Are an Easy, Must-Have in any office space
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What’s a truly functional office without its bulletin boards?  I’ve always had a love affair with bulletin boards, especially when they’re covered in a beautiful fabric and pinned full of everything you need to inspire; inspiration seems to literally just ooze off of them!  DIY fabric covered bulletin boards are an effortless way to edit and organize ideas, inspiring pages torn out from magazines, paint and fabric swatches…you name it.  And in turn, they end up looking as beautiful as they are helpful. 

I knew I wanted to have these bulletin boards front and center in the new WOM office, serving as a nice focal point behind the “sitting area.” I settled on three large boards, and I’ve designated them as following: one for current projects, one to keep track of our editorial calendar and ideas (because I’ve always preferred literally writing things down and mapping them out), and the other to serve as an inspiration mood board.  The boards are covered in a lovely, warm neutral fabric (similar HERE), which was just a match made in heaven for our Taylor Burke Home Settee and Lacefield pillows. The brass “library” light fixtures from Barbara Cosgrove serve as the “jewelry” for this vignette; offering not only practical lighting over a large expanse of wall, but also anchoring the boards for the eye. 

These DIY fabric covered bulletin boards make for an incredibly easy project; simply pull your favorite fabric taut over the boards, stapling it securely in the back. I’ve also used my ever-popular Thibaut Tanzania wallpaper in the past (get the easy DIY bulletin board tutorial here), and absolutely adored the finished product.  Tell me friends, what’s your favorite approach to the bulletin board?  Truly, MKR

P.S. Our final reveal goes live NEXT WEEK! Be sure to tune in as we share the entire space, designed in six short, crazy weeks thanks to The One Room Challenge.  xo




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Get The Look: Eclectic & Collected

Country Star Darius Rucker Shows Off His Bright, Art-Filled Charleston Home
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I love any design that lights up a space with its big, bold personality.  And that’s exactly how I’d describe country music star Darius Rucker’s bright Charleston home.  It has the perfect eclectic vibe; it’s filled with collections of interesting treasures and stunning statements, such as a hanging rattan chair and a commissioned abstract piece by one of my favorite artists, Sally King Benedict.

Charleston-based interior designer Angie Hranowsky completely nails the design by combining color, texture, form and function for Darius and his family.  “The overall concept for the house became a white backdrop that allowed us to bring in color and texture with beautiful furniture and artwork,” Angie explains in the full feature on My Domaine

I was so inspired by the space, that I rounded up my picks to get the look of this gorgeous, yet livable abode.  I would be lying if I said I didn’t sense a re-design soon, perhaps of the entryway? Truly, MKR




All images by Julia Lynn via My Domaine

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