I will take my grandmother’s octagonal table, and the crazy mahogany table that used to belong to my parents that can be an end table. Also my grandmother’s needlepoint chair and needlepoint foot stool. And her old breakfront. I think that covers it for heirloom furniture.
Then, all my bedroom furniture will be in maple / birch finishes. I will take the six drawer dresser, the three drawer dresser, and it sounds nutsy, but the changing table. No one has had a fresh diaper on the thing in 18 years, but it is a fine piece of maple furniture, and it doesn’t really look like a changing table. Surely this will be enough dresser space for all my clothes.
And also a maple bedside table.
The question is, what do I take of the other “kid” furniture? My impression from walking around IKEA is that twin beds are for children, and grown-ups sleep on a full or a queen. However, if I’m going to cram in all those dressers and a desk into the bedroom, probably there’s not enough room for a queen-sized bed in there. And I’m not anticipating sharing my bed with anyone at all for now, so maybe, despite the childish nature of a twin, I can just run off with one of my kid’s twin bed frames and mattresses.
I said “desk”, and this is something for me to think about. I have used a kid’s desk for my desk, and it was not a satisfactory experience. I like my current ugly metal table in terms of size, but I suspect it is not practical. Maybe my kitchen table is my “desk”, and my desk-y items, like my laptop, just reside somewhere else, and are hauled out as needed.
Another crazy idea: the closet space that used to hold the murphy bed (no joke) that is now just a closet – I could make it into a office cubby. It really depends on how much closet space is at a premium (probably pretty high).
OK, and then, the maple book case.
Could I cram all these dressers, the book case, and a twin size bed into that bedroom? I think so. I’ll hold off on any desk bring or purchase.
OK, so that’s the bedroom: light colored wood finishes, cream comforter, and I’ll paint the walls in their some nice shade of white. White sheets. All white and cream in the bedroom, and light colored wood.
OK, then what else is coming over?
There’s the freakin’ futon, and right now, I’d bring the futon over. I don’t have to rush into buying a sofa; I can use the futon as a sofa for now. This, plus the heirloom furniture described above, is the living room for now. My parents potentially have an armchair that I could also run off with, so that is one more seat for guests if necessary.
I bought a neighbor’s dining room table. I own one chair (!) that matches it. I will eventually get more, but one chair is a good start.
And that’s it for the list of furniture I’m bringing.