Why Distressed Is Good

06 Mar
March 6, 2014

There are only a few ways being “distressed” can be good, and furniture is one of them. I love the look of distressed furniture because it already looks lived in. I like furniture that’s livable. That’s just what works for my family. Anything too shiny, formal or delicate doesn’t fit us—and doesn’t stay looking that way for long. So our best furniture choices are ones already slightly distressed—since everything ends up looking distressed here eventually anyway. At least this way we’re a little stylish.

One of my favorite pieces this spring is the Garden Dining Table from the Great Rooms collection. It’s just my style. Or the style I want anyway. It’s solid and classic, yet comfortable and relaxed. I love the finish (Terrace Gray) and the way it looks with the creamy side chairs in Washed Linen.

I can just picture this table with a big family meal set out under 100-year old oak trees, with mismatched chairs and wildflowers in mason jars…Ok, I’m letting my imagination run wild. Realistically, it wouldn’t be outside, it would be in my (desperately-in-need-of-a-makeover) dining room. And when it’s not being used, it will hold homework, craft projects and papers to be filed. But I think I’ll add the fresh flowers in mason jars to keep the dream alive.

Some women look at clothing catalogs and get excited, I feel that way about furniture and decorating. When I see something I like, I want it. And I really like “The Entertainer” from the Great Rooms collection.

This is such a stylish way to display a TV. Now that flatscreens are the norm, housing TVs has become a design challenge. Old armoires and over-sized entertainment units don’t seem to fit the new technology and yet most people don’t want the cost or hassle of a wall mount (assuming you even like this look—which I don’t).

The Entertainer is fun and functional. It’s open and has lots of room for displaying things, plus it has two drop-down drawers that are perfect for electronic components. A hidden power outlet and adjustable shelves make it practical as well. And with my favorite Terrace Gray finish, it’s already “pre-distressed” for my family, so fingerprints and dings from passing dump trucks and fire engines won’t be as noticeable.

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