One Tiny Corner: Dresser Rescue

Here’s a little project I worked on yesterday. Since moving into our new space, I’ve been slow to decorate. (Probably because I’m overwhelmed by the idea of ‘decorating’) But yesterday I tackled my dresser/nightstand. The dresser itself was a gift from my dad who built it for me years ago, and I’ve always loved it.


My inspiration for this space came from traffic noise. When we first moved in, my husband and I joked about the “ocean” outside our bedroom window. We both love the peaceful sound of waves at the beach and I wanted to capture some of that feeling.

The first step was clearing off and dusting my poor dresser. I should have taken a before picture, but believe me when I tell you there was a veritable mountain of clothes, books and random junk on top of it.


Dresser (handmade) Lamp (thrifted) Black frame (Target) Hanging frame (thrifted) Glass terrarium and Air Plant (Garden Spot Nursery)

My dad took the photo in the black frame on the left. It’s from a backpacking trip we did along the coast of Spain last spring. You can’t see it, but there’s a medieval pirate fort perched on the cliffs, yarrrr! The photos on the wall, were taken by my hubby at Cama Beach on Camano Island. We have a lot of special memories with both our families there.


I’m pretty excited about my recently acquired air plant (Tillandsia ionantha). I’m doing more ‘gardening’ indoors with our relatively urban space, and if nothing else I know our cat appreciates it. The beach glass and shells around the terrarium are part of a collection I’ve been adding to for years. They’ve been picked up in a range of places from Dungeness Beach, to Cape Alava to Prince Edward Island to Scotland.

All in all, I’m quite pleased with how this project turned out. I feel a sense of serenity and happiness when I walk into our bedroom now. Are you doing any decorating around your home? What gets you motivated/inspired?


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