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Another Piece of the Puzzle

Welcome to the 126th Metamorphosis Monday!

Happy Met Monday! Hope you’ve had a wonderful weekend and a great Father’s Day! This Metamorphosis Monday I’m excited to share an important addition to my home office.

Have you ever searched and searched for a particular piece of furniture for your home, and being unable to find it, gave up…only to have it immediately appear the next day?  If so, I know just how you feel!

Not long after I started working on the conversion of my son’s old bedroom to a home office, I started looking for a small chest to place beside this cottage style chair with the plan of creating a little sitting/reading area on this side of the room.

I’ve been to just about every antique store and thrift store in the surrounding area multiple times, hoping to find a piece I could rehab or paint, but I was never able to find anything close to what I wanted for this spot. I have this very bad habit of envisioning the piece I want in my mind, which always often leads to a frustrating search for the proverbial “needle in the haystack.”


After looking and looking with zero success, I finally gave up the chest idea and just started looking for a small side table. I was delighted to find this cute table online at Pottery Barn Teen. It wasn’t really what I had envisioned. It doesn’t have all the storage I wanted and doesn’t quite fill the space the way I had pictured a small chest doing, but it was really cute and would provide room for a table lamp. Plus, it was only $99…not a bad price for a side table.

About 2 days after the table below arrived, I stopped by Pier 1. I was no longer seeking a small chest, having given up on that idea. Instead, I was on a quest for chargers for a 4th of July tablescape. Guess what I found? Here’s a Hint: It wasn’t chargers. :)

So, how does it look, this chest I had long envisioned in my head? :) All I had to do was buy something else and it appeared!

It turns out, it was hiding waiting for me at Pier 1 all this time!

It is exactly what I had pictured when I was dreaming of a small chest to go beside this chair. Perfect size with lots of storage. :)

I thought I might change the knobs to something whimsical after I got it home. Maybe bee or glass knobs…something silly and fun. But once it was in the office beside the chair, I found I loved the knobs just as they are. I like the contrast of the dark, oiled rubbed bronze knobs against the soft, aged white of the chest.

This little chest exceeds my expectations because it even has a little pull-out shelf for holding a drink, notepad, book or whatever you wish. I guess it could even function as a small writing desk, although, I won’t be using it for that.

And perhaps the biggest surprise of all is that it actually appears to be pretty well made. I’ve become so accustomed these days to only finding furniture with hard-to-operate drawers or cheaply made interiors. The top drawer of this piece is lined with a soft felt.

And all the drawers are dovetailed. Love that! This chest, called the “Ashworth Nightstand,” is normally $299.99. It is currently on sale at Pier 1 for $219.99. I had a $20 coupon so my final cost (including tax) was $213.19.

I shopped the house and borrowed a silver lamp from the dining room. Excuse the tarnish, it could use a little polishing. I left the lamp in its slightly tarnished state because I liked how it looked with the oiled rubbed bronze knobs. The silver also works nicely in this room with the metal pulls on the Pottery Barn (Bedford) desk file drawers.

I’ve also been lamp shopping the last few weeks, with no success. I actually love the way this lamp looks on the chest, but I will need to return it to the dining room since it’s one of a pair on the sideboard, HERE. This one will do great, though…until another lamp finds me.

The gardenia bush near the entrance to my garage is covered in blossoms and they smell heavenly. I so wish I could share their wonderful scent right through your computer screen. The silver frame is holding an old photograph from 1925. It is a picture of my mother as a baby nestled into the arms of her father.

The monogrammed, silver sugar bowl holding the gardenias is part of a tea set that was passed down through grandparents. It has little monetary value (but lots of sentimental value) because it is extremely worn, having been used on a daily basis at the dinner table for many years. Its tarnished, worn look was perfect for the slightly aged look of the chest.

Next week, I’ll return the Pottery Barn table to the local PB Teen store that’s about 25 minutes from my home. Then, I’ll only need one more piece for this room and it will be complete, furniture wise. I’ll be keeping my eye out for a nice, big bookcase cabinet for the large blank wall on the other side of the room.

I’m in no rush, though. I’m just so happy to have finally found the chest I had sought for so long.

If you’re new to reading BNOTP, you can view the transformation of this room from bedroom to office in THIS post.

What have you been creating/transforming/rehabing in your home this week? I can’t wait to see!

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Comments

  1. Allison Shops says:

    I like the chest much better than the table. The top of it is just too small.
    Hope you'll come see the safari nursery.

    Allison
    Atticmag

  2. Natasha says:

    I love the sweet little vignette you created on your new drawers. The room looks just perfect!

    Thanks for having me today. I have posted about a metamorphosis my life (and body!) will hopefully be experiencing before my 40th birthday!

    Best wishes,
    Natasha.

  3. Your room looks incredible! I know that you are thrilled with how it turned out. Love the chest!

  4. Thelittlebrownhouse.us says:

    I am so committing the sin of coveting right now…. love – that- dresser!!! Beautiful! As is the office of course! Thanks so much for hosting!

  5. Pam - diy Design Fanatic says:

    What a great chest! It is really stylish and looks very functional! Thanks for hosting MM!

  6. Christi@ A Southern Life says:

    Love the sweet little chest. Wish I could be there to smell the gardenia. It is my favorite flower!

  7. Decorchick! says:

    Oh I love that chest!! It is perfect in there! That is a great price too, and I'm tempted to go get one myself. :) Your office has turned out just beautiful and what a joy it must be to work in there each day. Thanks so much for hosting another MM Susan!

  8. On Crooked Creek says:

    Susan,
    What a darling chest, dear! I agree, it is perfect for that spot. Funny…it's exactly what I envisioned when you were searching. Kindred minds? Your home office is shaping up nicely. I know it has been a labor of love. Love and home go hand ~in~hand! Enjoy!
    Fondly,
    Pat

  9. laxsupermom says:

    Love the new chest! What a find! I shop with a picture in my mind of what I want all the time, and it's so frustrating when I can't find anything to match the picture. I know myself, and I'm not one to return items once their bought, so I've never had a chance to test the theory that the "perfect" piece will show up after purchasing something else.

    Love the little vignette you put ontop of the chest. The whole thing looks just right next to your comfy blogging chair. Thanks for sharing and for hosting this party each week.

  10. Cass @ That Old House says:

    That little chest is just perfect as a "side kick" to that gorgeous comfy chair. Wonderful pairing.

    And how nice to get decent quality at an affordable price. Rare these days!

    Now … what did you do with that cute PB table? :-)
    Cass

  11. Love your office and your new chest, I was wondering how you get Pier 1 $20.00 coupons????

  12. Susan, I have an elusive sideboard hiding from me. I know exactly what I want, but finding it in the dimensions I desire is making the search even more difficult. I've considered just having a piece built, but honestly would rather find a piece with a bit of age that I might paint.
    Love the chest! It is perfect beside that chair. Your vignette atop it is also perfect for the space.
    Thanks for hosting. I finally have something to share again. Not often that I get a project accomplished. LOL
    ~ Sarah

  13. The Real Me! says:

    Okay when I come to stay with you all for a week or two, just throw me in your office with a blow up mattress and I'll be fine! LOL!!
    Great find. It's perfect for that space!
    Hugs
    Kim

  14. Susan (My Place to Yours) says:

    So glad you finally met up with your perfect chest. That little pull-out shelf is an extra special touch! You must love your new office!

  15. Theresa says:

    That chest is perfect. I swear one day I'm going to clean out my junk room and turn it into a guest bedroom. That's the style night stand I want to do for that room. I have several pieces of Broyhill Fontana that aren't being used and they may get painted white and get some new hardware. Great find!

  16. WOW!! Your office is a dream!!

  17. Honey at 2805 says:

    Thanks for always being a gracious hostess!

  18. Junker Newbie Stephanie says:

    The chest is awesome! I love those knobby legs!

    The vignette you have on top of it is lovely. Nice work!

    http://junkernewbie.blogspot.com/

  19. Glenda/MidSouth says:

    Love it! You will enjoy having the extra storage that a regular table won't provide. I just love that room!!

  20. Miss Char says:

    I have such office envy after seeing your beautiful office Susan. The chest and chair look so warm and inviting.

  21. Okio B Designs says:

    It looks fabulous! Like a page out of a magazine!

    Jeanine

  22. Joselyn @ The DIY Spot says:

    Isn't it great when you find the piece you envisioned for a space? It looks great. Love the silver clock. Does it have a story too? Thanks for hosting.

  23. Handy Man, Crafty Woman says:

    I really like that! Lots of great storage. I miss Pier 1, I haven't been to one in ages. We bought chairs from there once, they are very sturdy. Thanks for hosting this link party.

  24. Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) says:

    Joselyn, no real story behind the clock. I found it antiquing about a year ago and just thought it was too neat to leave behind. :)

  25. modern jane says:

    It's perfect! It looks great in your already fabulous room:)

  26. Heaven's Walk says:

    Awesome chest, Susan! I do love it better than the table. It grounds that chunky chair and adds richness to the room! :) Great find!

    xoxo laurie

  27. Jess @ Frugal with a Flourish says:

    Love it!!! It is the perfect piece for the space! :)

  28. Curtains In My Tree says:

    Your office studio is way elegant

    I love the chest much better makes me want to take a bull dozier to my studio LOL

    really

  29. I absolutely LOVE that chest! You have such wonderful taste! Now all you need is a large picture of red poppies above that chair and I will be able to move right in! lol

  30. Sherri Cassara says:

    Yes… love it – it's perfect. I really like the little pull out shelf and it does not look like a $200 (ish) table. Very nice. Your room looks great!

  31. Vickie H. says:

    I ADORE that chest!!! So perfect in so many ways!!! Pier One has really turned around the last couple of years, thank God!!! So proud for you to have stumbled upon it. Now I KNOW that bookcase you are looking for is lurking somewhere, close by. Just requires a little patience!

  32. Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) says:

    Vickie, Thanks! You are so right…amazing what Pier 1 has now! I hope you're right! I'd love to find a piece that's in terrible condition, then I could paint it. I think that would be a fun piece to add to this room.

  33. That chest is perfect, your room is really turning out beautifully. Thank you for hosting Met Monday.

  34. What a perfect little chest, this room is really coming together with charm and function. Good job!
    Hugs, Lisa

  35. Gosh, isn't that the way it always works? You search high and low and then you "settle" for something that, while it's pretty, doesn't match the vision in your head. Then Bam! You find that perfect piece….I love that chest and would have picked it up in a heartbeat too Susan.

    Your office has come together so well, so bright and inspiring.

    Judy

  36. Christie says:

    I was lovin' the PB side table (still do!) but yes, the chest of drawers fits the space so well and is so functional! It all looks wonderful!! Christie at Three Pixie Lane

  37. Your office is absolutely darling–I especially love the chair–and your new chest! Your office is not only functional but comfy and cozy too…

  38. marty (A Stroll Thru Life) says:

    The chest and the chair are both fabulous. How fun to finally find what you are looking for. The vignette works great on the chest. I agree, the silver with the ORB is really pretty. Hope you find the bookcase and then you will be all done. Hugs, Marty

  39. Jane@Cottage at the Crossroads says:

    Congrats on finding the perfect chest! It looks fabulous in your office. Our local Pier One closed a few months. I'm so sad because I could run in there and always find something.

  40. I am so excited that you found your chest!! I love the first table, it is a very nice little piece. the chest is just serendipitous though!

    xoxo
    Karena
    Art by Karena

    Be sure to enter my exciting Giveaway from the Artisans at Novica!

  41. Fifi Flowers says:

    LOVE reading about FABuLOUS places that turn into NOVELS that inspires us to do things with our lives!!!
    ENJOY your week!!!
    Fifi

  42. Dragonfly Treasure says:

    I like the chest much better than the table. So glad you found it!
    *hugs*deb

  43. Vivienne @ the V Spot says:

    I like the chest waaaaay more than the table. Your office space is beautiful! Thank you for hosting the party each week.

  44. Susan, I love that chest, especially the pullout shelf. It looks so much better than the table and gives you so much more drawer space.
    Now if you will please write to my husband and tell him just how much I need that…… :)

  45. Beeutiful by Design says:

    Love the new chest. I have one of those slide out shelves and use it all the time. Thanks for hosting! Jennifer

  46. Your office is to die for!!!! I love everything you have done from the floor to the ceiling. It is perfect and now it has the perfect little chest. What a great find and I love all the storage with that handy little hidden shelf. BEAUTIFUL!!!!! The vintage photo of your mom and grandfather is precious.
    Hugs,
    Katherine S.

  47. Crystal @ Ordinary Days says:

    The table looked good but the chest looks sooooo much better. I LOVE that little chest. Such a nice shape. Looks great in your pretty room. :) ~Crystal

  48. Linda (Nina's Nest) says:

    Hi Susan, your office is fabulous! And the chest was the perfect piece to go by the chair. Love the pull out writing surface. Beautiful! Linda

  49. Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. says:

    I love everything in your office, but that chair just catches my eye every time! I would love to work in this space!

  50. Lovely, and I especially admire the vignette you did on the top of the chest. The baby picture of your mother (and the frame) is so sweet. I also like the idea of the glass (crystal?) tray with the items grouped atop. I just may want to move into this room, do you really need it as a home office, lol???

  51. Not only is the chest perfect (the table from PB would have driven you nuts eventually…) but I can SMELL the gardenias. Now here's my question- do you happen to know the name of the gardenia? The ones I find at Pikes,etc. all have blossoms that are too small. I'm holding out for one with blossoms the size of yours. And is it in full sun, morning sun, partial sun ??? I've had two of the smaller blossomed g's freeze on me over the past winters tho they are on the Eastern side of the house and get sun til about 11.30. How did we go from tables to flowers? Thanks, Susan.

  52. I LUV Pier 1, too! Spent my $20 coupon on "the cutest" umbrella! The chest is not to small, not to large..yup, "just right!" franki

  53. Thank you so much for hosting us every week Susan. :)

  54. Ann@A Sentimental Life says:

    The chest is great. Love the silver lamp and silver accessories! the entire room is so warm, sunny and inviting. Thanks for hosting, this is the first time I have joinied!

  55. Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) says:

    Sandy,
    I bought two gardenias about 16 years ago and I planted one on the front side of the house (north face) and one on the east side in the little corner between the backyard fence and the end of the garage on the house. The one in front didn't survive the winter. The one on the end of the house has done well, I think because it's kind of protected by the fence on one side and the brick wall of the house on the other. I wish I could remember the name of it now…it's been so long I don't remember now. I found it locally though, most likely at Pikes. Check with Lost Mountain Nursery…they get a lot of their plants from Goodness Grows. If they don't have gardenias with bigger flowers, call Goodness Grows in Lexington, GA and ask them about it. Maybe Lost Mtn Nursery could order one for you. So sorry I can't remember the name of this one now.

  56. lulumusing says:

    I try not to shop with preconceived notions so that at the moment of discovery, I just know it! I'll keep my eye open for you.

  57. classic • casual • home says:

    Dovetailing at Pier One? Who knew? It looks great with the vignette you created…you are so good at that.

  58. Hi I'm Amber from adashofhappy.blogspot.com. Thanks for hosting a linky party I'm new to the blog world. I am loving your craft room (to die for)!! Glad you went with the chest totally fits!

  59. Velma@Dawggone Cute Creations says:

    Oh yes, I think the chest is much better and much more functional…a great place to store magazines or a book you may be reading…so you don't have to get up from your comfy chair! :)
    And, yes, I do the same thing about already having an idea in my head of something I want and, yes, I have found them…like they dropped out of heaven just for me!

  60. Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage says:

    Thanks for hosting, Susan. It's been wonderful to see your beautiful room come together!

  61. WOW!! What a transformation Susan!! Your new office space looks oh-so-lovely!! enJOY yor new space and thanks for hosting! xo

    :D Lynda

  62. Ann in SF says:

    Great chest! But please move it a little farther away from the chair towards the door, it's way too close. :)

  63. Beverly says:

    Susan, the chest is perfect. Your office is going to be your favorite room.♥

  64. lilisinha says:

    olá querida!
    Nossa ficou um charme, lindo demais!
    Parabéns tens bom gosto e sabe mesmo decorar.
    Os acessórios de decoração ficaram perfeitos!
    Semana Perfeita e doce!
    Bjos Carinhosos.

  65. Looks great…I could totally identify with your story of the search for the right piece…glad you finally found it :) Love your space! Laurel@chippingwithcharm

  66. Home Decor Accents | Outdoor Garden Decor says:

    Lucky You! ;)
    Maybe that's what I need to do someday, just to buy an alternate to the corner rack that I am dreaming about to have in my kitchen someday and that I couldn't find to this day yet. Maybe then I will come across my "dream" corner rack.

    This small chest you found really looks so much better next to the chair and yes, same as you I would replace the knobs with something more whimsical too.
    I hope you will post another picture after the replacement of the knobs. Would love to see what you will choose.
    Paula Jo

  67. I would have loved being a fly on the wall at Pier 1 to see your first reaction when you spotted this perfect chest! Even if you were by yourself, I envision you actually speaking out loud, maybe even squealing a bit. Am I right?

  68. Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) says:

    Susan, Yep, I was speaking out loud, okay. I was in shock! lol I asked the salespeople how long they had it in the store because I go in there about twice a month, just to look. They "claim" they always have this piece on the floor. I don't think so. lol I def. would have noticed it before it had been there.

  69. Oh, that is such a lovely piece. It looks perfect with your adorable chair. Your entire room is just so beautiful.

  70. flowers delivery mumbai says:

    Oh that is all wonderful and white flowers are looking decent with lamp.

  71. I have really enjoyed watching this transformation! Lovely room!

  72. Hello Susan,
    Love the fabric on the chair. Looks great next to your new chest.

    Thanks for hosting and allowing me to join in.

    Janet xox

  73. Linda Q says:

    Susan, I have been loving how your room is turning out. It is inspiring me in ways for when we do my craft room this next year. Love the chest next to the chair, looks great and adds more storage etc. I like how it has the tray that pulls out.
    Thanks for sharing, always love seeing your home!
    Linda

  74. Anu@My Dream Canvas says:

    Wow, this looks absolutely gorgeous. Just linked up to your fabulous party.

  75. Mary @ Redo 101 says:

    Your office is beautiful. Love your "bee" chair and the table next to it is perfect for that space. Thanks for sharing, and thanks for hosting the party!

  76. Nan @ Playful Decor says:

    Hi Susan, oh, I'm so behind… just getting on Tues afternoon! That is a great side stand! I do like the other one too – reminds me of various old tables with turned legs at my parents house. I think its time I get them out of their attic! So is your office complete now? Or are you still thinking there's one more piece? It looks so great!! Have a great week!

  77. Terry @ La Bella Vie says:

    OK girl, how many times do I need to ask…CAN I JUST PALEEEEEZE move in? I just love this little room, it is adorable, sweet, cozy, whimsical, charming…I could just go on and on, I love it and I think the chest is perfect next to the chair…I think I'd have a hard time leaving the room except maybe to head out to the porch:O)
    Thanks for sharing this MM, love it as always!
    Terry

  78. Sharkara Jain says:

    Hi Susan,

    Thanks for replying here's me joining your blog party again,…Also just wanted to mention, your home office looks just prefect..I also hope to have one sometime in the future…what better place that to work from home :)

  79. Beachside Cottage says:

    Pottery Barn would be proud to include this room in its catalogue—perfect, perfect, perfect!

    Enjoy every minute in it!

    Linda

  80. BearShe Cottage says:

    Your chest is adorable. I think your office is sooo cute. I do the thinking thing with purses. In my mind I know what I am wanting but it takes forever to find something close. So when I find it, it is celebration time.

  81. It's perfect. I've loved following the evolution of this room.

  82. Jennifer Stanley says:

    Hi there! I just sort of stumbled upon your site doing a search for something else. I love your office redo. I also have that same Pottery Barn furniture in my home office, and was lucky enough to find it at the outlet. I love the chair in your room, but haven't seen any info on where it was purchased. Can you share? Thanks so much. I'll add your blog to my list to keep up on. Thanks again! Jennifer

  83. Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) says:

    Hi Jennifer,
    Thanks!
    The chair came from Pottery Barn Teen. I ordered it online.

  84. that chest is perfection next to the bedford collection. Can you tell me if the white paint of them both match? thanks

    • Thanks! If they were side by side, there might be slightest difference but just a few feet away, they look the same to me. The chest is designed with “rubbed” spots…where the paint is rubbed away a little to give it a more “shabby” feel, but it’s not overdone. The Pottery Barn Bedford collection doesn’t have any rubbed areas. It’s so subtle on the Pier 1 chest though, you don’t really notice that they differ in that way. They do work well together in a room, though.

  85. Just got your response, thank you. Can you tell me if the bedford collection is a yellow-ish antique white? I bought pottery barn kids table while back in antique white and not sure if it came yellow-ish or turned yellow-ish over time. Im considering the beddord as well as a secretary from pottery barn in antique white and when I went to check out in the store the color of the bedford accessories in antique white seemed a bit yellowish but there was no way to know exactly because there is no natural light in this particular pottery barn. I notice that antique white is not as popular color in their pb kids or pb teen now too.

    Also wanted to ask how the paint and pb bedford furniture is holding up?

    Sorry for all the questions. Much appreciated if you have the time.

    • I don’t think it looks yellowish at all. It may have the very slightest hint of a greenish cast but overall “antique” white describes it well to me. I personally wouldn’t like stark white furniture in my office, it would be too bright, I think. I love the antique white color of the bedford furniture. It has held up well but since it’s a kind of laminate finish, it does chip easily. If you bang the edge of it with a stapler as you’re putting the staple into one of the little cubbie holes on top of the desk, it chips it. Same for if you roll a chair leg into the base. I still love it, though and would buy it again. Ballard Designs used to have a line of office furniture that was more “white” in color but I didn’t like the finish on it at all.

      • Thank you Susan for the info/details! Interesting about the hint of green. I dont like stark white either but I have lots of inbetween white which is not as yellow as the pb kids table but not as bright as a pure white that I would prefer.
        May I inquire what paint color is your molding? Every thing in your office blends so well and I bet that makes it very soothing and relaxing to work in which is what Im going for.

        • I don’t remember now. It was something I already had, purchased a gazillion years ago. I think it was a Benjamin Moore paint…nothing custom just straight out of the can. In person, it looks a lot whiter than the furniture, so it probably wasn’t the best choice.

  86. Thanks!
    (also wanted to clarify that I prefer the not so white inbetween pb antique and stark white) wish furniture companys had same range of whites to mix/match.

    • Me, too. I just hope PB doesn’t ever stop making the Bedford line, in case I had a piece break in a few years or move and need another piece for a different set up. They’ve had it around a long, long time, apparently long before I discovered it, so hopefully it will continue to be around a long time.

  87. That is the complaint Ive read concerning the antique white from pb kids/baby – hard to match and styles get discontinued down the road. I have same concern since Ive seen antique white phased out of pb kids – must be sign of whats selling/not. I have noticed the trend towards the “whiter’ white in blogs and magazines and worry pb may stop offering this off white in the future, though pbarn is more classic than modern so that may not be the case and I havent seen shortage of antique white furniture offered at regular pbarn.

    When I spoke with the design consultant at pbarn about the possibility that paint colors would change on different lots ( I want to purchase the companion hutch in antique white at a later date ) she said it would be wise not to wait more than 6 months to year at most because the color may vary due to different lots. UGH.

    • Yep, sounds typical for stores. I think PB has been making it in this color forever so I don’t see that changing. Antique white is classic. When I had all my trim painted inside, I kind of wish I had gone with a soft or antique white. I think it looks classier and easier on the eyes than bright, bright white. But now that I have plantation shutters throughout, I have to stay with my original choice, which isn’t bad. Just love the softness of a creamy white.

  88. Hi Susan,

    Love you large corner desk!!! Where did you get it?

    Lee

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