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I think I am finally realizing the trick to decorating my home.  It needs to be filled with things I love.  Though that concept is a no brainer, I don't think I fully understood it until recently.   I look at the picture below and think to myself, why did I buy that???  Why is that even in my home???  I know tastes change over time, but this stuff below is not that old.  I mentioned in my last living room post that I believe I was decorating to what I thought it should be as a new home owner and newly wed.  It was like I still had not left the nest yet or just barely begun spreading my wings.  If that doesn't make sense, I'm sorry.

Awhile back, I sold the white entry table because I found the most amazing piece ever.  I went into my local Habitat REstore, and there she was in all her glory.  I knew she had to come home with me, and after squeezing her into the back of the Subaru, I was so happy because she barely fit!

Let's do a before and after.


She's a beauty right?  She was on sale for $125, but I talked the REstore employee down to $100.  I sold the existing table to a friend, so that helped bring the cost down too. She's in great shape except for a few, minor aesthetic flaws like the two corners.  I tried the pecan/walnut oil trick, but that didn't work for my piece.  I thought about using a stain to match it, but the corners are not that much of bother to purchase stain pens.

I haven't styled the piece, and I do not need nor want a lamp on the piece.  Matt finally installed lights above, so there's ample light in our living room now.  I really don't want it cluttered like before.  Ugh.

And then there is a surprise which takes up most of the space on top . . . .


A working analog radio with a record player.  It sounds amazing in the home.  Owen and I turn it on daily.  I can listen to my country music, or we can put NPR on at night.

When I showed this to Matt after I got home with it, that was when he decided the piece was worth it.  A functional crendenza . . . whaaat?  1960 got it right.


seriously just realized I have a dot on my lens!!!  sorry!

Duct tape.

What do you think of our newest addition?  Have a great weekend y'all!  I plan on sewing a bunch.

The glass vase is from Pier 1, and the mirror came from Home Goods on clearance.



  1. IT'S FANTASTIC! We have one in our living room (also as a credenza) and we love it! thanks for the tip about the cords. :)

  2. Wow! It made a difference! That's so neat! By the way Nancy, this is Matts cousin, Rebecca Patterson. :)

  3. My husband would be jealous. He tried to convince me we neeeeeded one of those before kids lol

  4. I love it! Its very similar to the one my grandparents had! Did you even have records to play on it? Cause your sooo young.

  5. Love it!! What a great buy! I'm a stickler for hiding cords too - so smart!

  6. Cooool!! I can't believe it's functional. What a find! We have a 70's stand alone record player that belonged to J's parents. We love it and listen to it all the time. In fact I just bought J some Doors records for Christmas. This one is way cooler. A touch up marker would fill in that spot on the corner in a snap.

  7. That is awesome! I've always wanted one of those credenzas with a record player inside.

  8. I love the proportions and height of the mirror with that piece of furniture. Looks amazing.

  9. oh wow - that's amazing! My grandmother had one like that but smaller in her house for years, but it's long gone now. Makes me want it back!

  10. That looks so great in your home! Good find!

  11. Amazing! As someone who accepts many a hand-me-down piece and then realizes it just doesn''t work, I know exaaactly what you mean. Seemed great before, but now... incredible. Kudos.

  12. Love it! Much better! And Death Eater Jesus is gone! :)

  13. It is hard to believe that the left picture belongs to the same house-owner, you have done a great job!

  14. oh wow what an amazing find! i love this and it looks so so great!
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  15. The new piece is great! The vase would look wonderful with a big bow made from fabric you absolutely love! Yes, the key to decorating is to have things you love surround you, and as in my case, most of these "things" are not new, they are older, well used, well love items.

  16. My grandparents had one just like that! I remember dancing in their living room to Hawaiian music in front of it. What a great find.

  17. Your record player brings back a lot of memories. I lost my dad over the Thanksgiving holiday last year and he had one. Actually my dad had one of every type of music player that was created since the 50's even up to an ipod. Thanks for sharing your find.

  18. Your record player brings back a lot of memories. I lost my dad over the Thanksgiving holiday last year and he had one. Actually my dad had one of every type of music player that was created since the 50's even up to an ipod. Thanks for sharing your find.

    1. I'm sorry to hear about your loss. DId the players remain in the family? That is incredible he collected so many different types.

  19. So fun!! My grandpa had a credenza with a record player in it, but yours is waaaaaayyyy cooler. btw....what is NPR?!?

  20. Hi Nancy! Just visiting some blogs again for the first time in FOREVER and can't believe what I am missing! This piece is TO DIE FOR. And your blog just looks so great. And the rest of your home. You're amazing as ever. I want to go check out this Habitat REStore—I didn't know about it!?


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