After wrapping up the TreeHouse kitchen and mudroom over the course of the last few weeks, we were able to give some much needed attention to the barest-of-bare corners in our Michigan(dinavian) bedroom. Previously, this corner served no purpose, and the lack of storage in this room left us living out of suitcases whenever we visited. This resulted in one of us digging through piles of clothes every time we needed a fresh outfit for Lucy, who happens to be very demanding with her Mariah Carey on MTV cribs-level wardrobe changes. I digress.
We knew we needed a dresser to get organized, but we required something with very specific (and apparently challenging?) dimensions. In our search for the perfect furniture piece to act as the ‘command center’ for the room, we hit all of our favorite local thrift and vintage shops and looked around online, and we popped into a few brick and mortar furniture stores, but nothing felt right. Then Kim spotted the IKEA BJÖRKSNÄS dresser in The Sweet Beast’s bedroom reveal. She texted me a photo, we agreed it the fit could be just right, and I headed out to the ‘burbs to pick up some flat-packed goodies the very next day!
Below is a quick refresher on how we got to where we are today:
Bedroom | Before
Bedroom | Progress
Bedroom | Now
The dresser was a touch narrower than we thought we wanted, but all in all, it worked out perfectly! The blonde tone of the wood also plays off of the light maple tones of the kitchen peninsula, which we love.
The top two half-drawers remain fully stocked with Lucy supplies (diapers, wipes and lotions), and during longer stays, each of us has a dedicated drawer to unpack a few things and make us feel that much more at home:
Although we were originally hunting for something wider, the slimmer width of the dresser gives us a landing spot for a tidy basket full of books, blankets, and toys.
To add some additional interest and function up top, we picked up the Atlas jar from a local – like, right across the street from us – antique shop, and during our evening beach strolls, we’ve started a tradition of collecting a stone for Lucy’s jar. The brass goose is from a Chicago vintage shop that was closing its doors. At first, we were certain it was a duck, but one of Lucy’s many (many!) nicknames is Goose, so all the better! To round things out (punny?) we finally found a home for our vintage leather lamp and a small planter that had been in hiding for far too long! Everyone’s favorite round brass mirror plays off of the shape of the lamp, and the big mix of old and new adds a slightly “lived-in” vibe, we think.
The leather loop pulls on the drawers were a point of contention. In true IKEA proprietary fashion, the pulls are attached through two vertically stacked holes, so although there were talks of swapping them for something else, we would have had to find a pull that would properly cover both holes. In the end, we agreed that they have a more casual feel that blends better with the tone of the wood, so we’re happy.
To remind us all where we’ve come from (and because before and afters are the best), this is how the bedroom looked shortly after we purchased our little Tree House versus how it’s looking now!
Bedroom | Before
Bedroom | Now
Our little-dresser-that-could may seem like a small victory, but from a functional perspective, this new corner setup has really changed the way we spend time at TreeHouse. Having a “landing zone” for clothes and baby necessities keeps our stuff up off the floor, within reach and organized so we can focus on cooking, spending time with family, and exploring everything Harbor Country has to see and do.
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