New Orleans design buffs love codifying the myriad styles here: Greek Revival, Italianate, Plantation Gothic, Art Deco, the classic Man Cave Drew-Breesiana Purchase, and tons of others. This architecture nomenclature prompts many good-natured arguments among design aficionados – is it French or Spanish? Is that a balcony or a veranda (or in some parts of town – a ‘miranda’)? Is that antique chifferobe made in-state or abroad? Is that Post Modern or just ugly?
It all started during childhood, when I felt compelled to stash away objects in an old antique chifferobe my mother saved from a junk pile and made into a girly bookcase for my room, complete with white paint and happy daisy contact paper.
I work from home but lost my home office when my son was born; it’s now his bedroom. So I work on my couch now, and my laptop has a regular place on the coffee table, where it sits and charges when I’m not using it. It is not unusual for it to be buried under toys, library books, or even used as a large coaster for my son’s juice and snacks. In my dining room, an antique chifferobe serves as storage for my printer/copier and all of my office supplies. I share bookshelves in the playroom with my children. Their books line the bottom shelves, and I’ve taken the top shelves for my own books.
My hubby is a deep sea fisherman (hobbyist). I decorated the living room to reflect that. We recently bought this antique chifferobe. I repainted it blue & stained the edges to distress it. Now my main focal wall when you enter the house has been changed. I had two large matching paintings I had painted of St. George Island, FL on it but the chifferobe replaced one painting. Please take a look at these photos and advise on any decorating advice you have. This is the first room you see when you walk in the house.