The Scandinavian theme is all the rage in home decor of late, aside from the industrial chic look that we have been seeing in many local (and overseas) cafes. It is considerably overused and tired, I know, but I suppose if it’s something that I fancy, why shouldn’t I adopt it for my home even if almost everyone else’s home is like that? After all, I don’t think two homes will be alike, with the personal touches that one adds to his/her own abode. I didn’t really get an interior designer to do up my place, even though initially my plan was to do so. To cut a long story short, it didn’t work out as planned, and so I kind of put together a mish-mash of home decor items; whether or not they conform to a Scandinavian theme probably does not matter anymore as long as I think the pieces generally fit together.
If I had my way, and if I had the luxury of a bigger space and of course a bigger budget, I would have bought more items from Commune Home. I really love their dark wood furniture but many of them tended to be quite large and would look over-sized for my tiny apartment. I wasn’t able to keep to an overall light shade for my living room due to my TV console and sofa that actually were a darker shade of natural oak and sort of mahogany respectively, but as a self-consolation, the ‘dining area’ boasts a lighter shade, whereas the ‘living area’ features a darker wood tone.
The bedroom was easier, because it’s smaller and there are fewer pieces of furniture involved. As the divan/bed frame that I got together with the mattress were of a fairly dark grey colour, I could afford a darker colour in choosing a bedside table. I contemplated not having one but ended up getting one anyway, which at the moment is still missing a table lamp. If I had not gotten the table, I would probably have gotten a standing lamp but standing lamps seem harder to find and of course, if and when I eventually get one, it would be harder to transport home.
After looking around a few places, I decided on a square table. Round bedside tables are few and far between, especially when I am not that imaginative in prospecting for pieces that could be used as bedside tables. I’ve seen people using various items creatively as a nightstand but they seem to lack a sense of permanence and I wanted something more clean-looking, so I picked a conventional table.
Commune was running a sale during the year-end, and after looking around a bit more, I decided to get one of their pieces which was priced at 20% discount. It still isn’t considered cheap at about $320 but at least I saved 20%. And it’s pretty solid, seeing as to how small it looks, it actually weighs quite a fair bit.It fits nicely into the little space that I kept between the bed and the curved wall of my bedroom, which made furniture-arrangement a little of a challenge.
The table comes with a single drawer, which is a little shallow despite of how it looks. But I don’t suppose it would pose any problem because I don’t have any plans for it at the moment. As time goes by, I figure that things will start to accumulate, but I really need to be more mindful of the things that I have and keep, to housekeep and spring-clean more regularly and not go back to the hoarding ways! I shudder to think of the sheer amount of things that I accumulated in my old place, over a period of more than 20 years. In that small space that 4 of us shared, while we were packing to move, we threw away so much but yet when it came to shifting, there were still lots to move.