My husband and I love mid century furniture pieces. Our previous home was a modern 1950s mid century home in Saint Paul, MN and honestly I miss its architecture! Living in a newer suburban home with vintage furniture can be tricky to style around--but it definitely can be done!
So the backstory to our new mid century furniture piece: my husband sent me a text from our local Habitat Restore last Friday. "Look what I found! $75 and 25%..." He purchased it immediately even though we had no clue where it would go! Originally we thought it would go at the top of our stairs in the landing area. But after getting it in the house with a neighbor's help I realized A: This cabinet is HEAVY. and B: The tone of the wood matches our staircase trim REALLY well.
So we moved our Blue Dot grey cabinet into the dining room (our pet hedgehog's cage now lives on top of that. Probably the only hedgehog in the world who gets to sleep on top of a piece of Blu Dot furniture!) And slid the china cabinet hutch into our entryway.
I did a little research when we got the furniture piece home. It is a china cabinet hutch stamped American of Martinsville in one of the drawers. The piece seems to be in really good condition--whoever owned it before us took great care of it.
In our usual fashion we plan to use the cabinet for more than one purpose. Vintage antiques in glass, and board games along the bottom shelves. I love that our kids' have a place for board games, tucked away when the lower doors are closed but readily accessible for playtime!
In the upper glass shelf area I added my Mom's wedding china, my family's vintage Nancy Drew books, antique medicine bottles, and a stereoscope viewer with pictures from the early 1900s (purchased from a thrift store a few years ago).
And on the right side of our cabinet hutch we found a place for our illustrated Bible from the 1870s. We found the Bible at an estate sale in Minnesota a few years ago. There are beautiful color illustrations inside with family photos. And while we won't ever know the family, I feel blessed to be able to take care of it.
Have you been to your local thrift store lately? What treasures have you found?