I bought this bookshelf from a lovely MCM dealer here in Brooklyn when I first moved into the apartment. He dropped it off for free and I liked his ethos so much that I bought Andrew's desk from him a couple of weeks later.
I was drawn to the compact size and the mix of both hidden and visible storage. But once I got it into position, I wasn't sure. It seemed too tall, and not long enough. It left an awkward space by the door that I felt I should fill, but I wasn't sure with what. It seemed...not right.
Never mind that there are about 30 other things wrong in this photo, the piece just seemed awkward there. Every time I passed it in the hallway it reminded me of what it felt like to go to a junior high school formal. I felt like it was waiting for me to ask it to slow dance and desperately wishing it had stayed at home. Poor thing. So I put it up for sale on Craigslist tonight. It will sell, because MCM is ever-so-hip these days and I live in Brooklyn. Enough said.
To replace it, I've been watching one of my favorite local vintage furniture resellers, Furnish Green. And finally something popped up that seemed perfect.
Somehow, this just looks better to me, even though I 'clearly' need to figure out how to made storage-made-visible look charming. I usually prefer closed door storage, but I think I can make this work, and it might even keep me more honest by forcing me to really organize my stuff rather than just closing the door on it. I'm thinking that tins might be the answer.
Of course, I still have to paint the hallway, and then it will take me a while to amass the right storage containers and art and etcetera to round out the look. But a big piece of the puzzle has been solved with the new bookcase!