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Monday, November 29, 2010

PLEASE LIE TO ME!

I’ve always said that I would nevah evah order a piece of furniture from an on-line store.  I go to sites and look at furniture, and I think “nope, I’ve got to be able to see the color in person and touch the wood and/or the upholstery”.  I admire a furniture piece and say to myself… “People do it all of the time, but I don’t know how they do it.  It’s just too scary.”

If I order a shirt, and I don’t like it when it gets here, I can just send it back, but I can’t imagine the hassle of sending back a sofa or an upholstered chair.  Nope, not me – I’m just not gonna be doing that!

I’m sure you can tell where this is going.  I must just enjoy eating my words.  I seem to do it frequently (at least there are no calories). 

About a month ago, I ordered a piece of furniture on line!  Yep!  I did it.  From the time I pushed that “commit to pay” button until today, I have been a nervous wreck about it.  I was so anxious for it to arrive, AND I dreaded it’s arrival!  This morning, it arrived, and although I am still getting accustomed to the change, I think I’m going to love it.

On one end of my new piece of furniture, I have grouped some of my very inexpensive faux mercury glass candle holders on a mirrored tray.

candles

On the opposite end, I placed a gold Christmas tree on top of a mirrored box, along with another inexpensive faux mercury glass candle holder and an angel.

tree

I have placed the Holy Family in the center.

holy fmly mos

Do y’all get those email flyers from One Kings Lane?  Yep, that’s the one with reduced prices on all of those expensive items from designers and high-end merchants.  Normally, when I open the email from them, everything is either sold out or on hold.  Occasionally, there is some little something still available, and occasionally, I can afford the reduced price, but I have learned that if I really want to order something, I better buy it quickly, because it will soon be sold out.  I’m not good with pressured decision-making, especially if it involves spending a lot of money.  HOWEVAH, a month ago, I was shocked to find myself VERY tempted to order a piece of furniture from Legend of Asia Home.  I measured the space behind my sofa and fretted some more about it.  I was sure it would be sold out when I went back to the site, and I knew that would solve my problem.

Things got really intense when I clicked back on the One Kings Lane email and found that apparently, I was the only person in the whole wide internet world who was interested in that piece of furniture!   With “sold out” signs in blocks all around it, there was MY piece of furniture still available!  Oh, the fretting that caused – if nobody else wanted it, surely I shouldn’t want it either.  (I’ve never trusted my taste in d├ęcor).  Each click that led me toward that “pay now” click, caused extreme stress.  I fought through the stress, and kept on clicking until I had bought the darn thing! 

Four weeks of waiting has caused me to consider going to my Doctor to try to get some kind of stress-related medication.

My piece of furniture arrived this morning, and I think I’m going to love it!  buffetI’m just waiting for my husband to ask me what color I’m going to paint that piece of junk I bought.  It is shabby but hopefully a little bit chic.

cabnt mos

But just look at the space on top for vignettes, and just look at all of that storage below!  You know I can’t wait to fill up all of that storage space.  (No, it won’t take long).

I know all of you are too kind to tell me if you think this is the ugliest piece of furniture you’ve ever seen, but if you might be inclined to say that, I beg you to hold your tongue (or your fingers), I can’t handle any more stress over this piece of furniture!  

I’m linking to Table Top Tuesday at A Stroll Thru Life.  Thank you Marty for graciously hosting this weekly event.

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Thank you so much for your visit (and thank you for not telling me if you think I made a huge mistake by ordering this piece of furniture!).  laurie

36 comments:

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Oh Laurie...girl I love it and look at all that space you now have for more of your great collections...you made me laugh girl..as I did order my sofa on-line over 2 years ago and I kid you not I lost sleep over I hit the pay for it now button...then I kept writing the company wanting to know if the pillows were the true color etc. I did that for 6 weeks until it finaly got here and OMG girl it was better in person that on-line..of course I could have taken up drinking waiting for it to get here and the hair dye I had to buy to cover all my gray from worry ha ha!! I love your new piece and it's the kind that can be handed out..Love that..Love ya my Dear friend...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

CollectIn Texas Gal said...

Wow! That's some piece of furniture to buy on any line! I love it...what storage and I especially like the size and height and the way you have to on the back of your sofa where your TableTop pieces can be seen from all areas of the room. Beautiful room and lovely setting! I really enjoyed my first visit to your blog. This is my first Table Top Tuesday, and I've so enjoyed all the posts I've visited so far. Yours is Tops!

A Kitchen Witch said...

Oh, I think it's lovely. You have a real knack for decorating. xo~The Kitchen Witch

Sarah said...

Laurie, I smiled all the way through this post. I've been searching for a storage piece for our sun porch. I've looked online, but had the same reservations. This piece looks like something I could use myself. Guess I should check out One Kings Lane. It's new to me.
I think your new piece is wonderful. It looks like it fits perfectly behind your sofa, and I'm sooooooo envious of all that storage space! ~ Sarah

Kim @ Starshine Chic said...

I love it Laurie!!! And that is no lie. It is fabulous.

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Hi Laurie,
You always make me chuckle! And that Gloria, she makes me chuckle too! I love your beautiful new furniture! The storage is going to be wonderful as well.
And look at your pretty vignette!
I so love your home at Christmas!
It just sparkles!
Now just take deep breathes and enjoy!
Hugs,
Cindy

Kat said...

Laurie, no lies here. It's beautiful! Love it, and I love all the storage. I'm always terrified to buy anything on line, but this certainly has a happy ending. Enjoy it! Kat

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

How cool Laurie, it's so fun! And like you say, more room to decorate and added storage-enjoy:@)

KBeau said...

I think it's absolutely beautiful (and practical, too). Excellent choice.

Pat said...

I am not going to lie to you Laurie. I love this piece of furniture. You did good!!

Your vignette is beautiful too.

carolinajewel said...

I love it and I'm not lying! I love all the gold decorations. It would fit right into the Victorian Turkish room we are planning one day in this big old house. I know you will enjoy it!!!

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Laurie it is beautiful! No lie!! It would not fit into my early attic style but it is beautiful and I think you got a great bargain. Lots of storage and oh yes we need that and fits into your decor beautifully! You did good girl!

AshTreeCottage said...

Hi Laurie! I don't think you made a mistake. It's a unique piece and what great storage!

Love,
Susan and Bentley
xxoo

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

Wow, I think that was very brave of you! Now if you run out of that new space to put things, you can just ship that Nativity on over to my little place. I promise I would take good care of it...it is gorgeous!!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

I do like it - very much!! I know what you mean about ordering something. I am one that needs to see something in person and touch it before buying.

CAS said...

I think it's very wonderful. I really like the color & the fact that's it's a bit shabby chic but not too much. Love, love, love all that storage.
CAS

Mellodee said...

It is a lovely piece where your beautiful Nativity can claim center stage. Great!

Paula said...

I love it Laurie!! Is it behind your couch in the den????? Looks great.

Olive Cooper said...

I love it and like you I have never bought furniture online but am now intrigued about One Kings Lane an must check it out. The storage in this piece is fabulous.

Debbie said...

I think it is stunning to be very honest with you. I have never seen anything like it. Yes storage galore, but you will have so much fun doing different vignettes on top. Good eye, you done great!

Ginger said...

I would be so afraid to order furniture online but you did great.
I'm glad it worked out so well.

♥ Sonny ♥ said...

OK no Lie.. I think its beautiful and it suits you.. Great choice and I am so proud of you for taking the plunge and buying online....
You're right - that is some fabulous storage too...

Holiday Hugs
Sonny

Debbie said...

I don't have to lie!!! Yippi! I'm absolutely no good at it so it's good that I really DO think it's a wonderful piece and looks lovely in the house and with the stuff on it. (I almost got lost at one look at the mirrored tray. That's just the type I'm looking for for my daughter.)

And the storage space below to boot? Woohooo! It's a keeper!

Liz said...

STUNNING! Laurie, I LOVE it! It is so frenchie chic! And I'm not lying even one little bit. :)

~Liz

mishebe said...

I like it too and it is huge... Where did u get it? do tell...

dogsmom said...

Like you I had never considered buying something like that online. Actually I still buy very little online. I'll comparison shop online but want to touch and know how I will return things. Really? How ofen do I return anything?
It is a gorgeous piece!
I think this time the pressure to buy while you had the opportunity was right.

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Oh my gosh... it is one gorgeous piece of furniture. How brave you are to order something like this. Look at all the storage you have and the top for some beautiful vignettes... girlll my heart is still not beating right after seeing your beautiful candlesticks and the gorgeous piece they are sitting in... you truly have some beautiful things.. hugs ~lynne~

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

Great piece, Laurie! So glad you FINALLY followed your instincts! LOVE IT!!

Big TX Hugs,
Stephanie
Angelic Accents

Diann @ TTG said...

Hi Laurie!
I think this piece is awesome and beautiful! And what a great place to decorate and to stash your stuff. I am green with envy!

Nezzy said...

Girl, I don't have to lie...it's gorgeous just the way it is!!! Heck, I've been so happy with my online furniture buys I ordered a plasma tv stand this mornin'. It can't come too soon, Hubs brought in the tall vice workbench to use until the real deal comes. I'm just callin' it my redneck tv stand.

God bless ya and have a terrific day sweetie!!!

Deserae said...

I think it is the perfect piece for behind your sofa and it is GORGEOUS! I do most of my shopping online because we live in a rural area so there isn't much to choose from...even in the nearby cities! Anyways....I always loose sleep and have anxiety whenever I have to order a big ticket item but usually it turns out just fine and all that worrying was for nothing!!! LOL..
~Des

Carol said...

Laurie,
That piece is so beautiful, elegant, romantic and lovely! The gold Christmas vignettes on top are wonderful. Great find!
We purchased our dining room chairs from ebay a couple of years ago and have been delighted with them.
It is a big deal, though, isn't it??

Debby@Just Breathe said...

I think you did a great job. It is beautiful. I love the design and like you said, look at all that space! Hope your not nerves anymore.

Simone said...

I had to giggle reading your story because I could have written it myself. The only think I've managed to buy on OKL is some candles.... (they smell wonderful)

You did great on picking a nice piece of furniture. For one, new furniture has drawers that work... PLUS a piece of painted furniture adds some interest and softness to a room. I especially like the antiquing and the gilding on the piece. It softens it and gives it some depth.

You also used a rule it took me FOREVER to figure out--don't buy a piece of furniture unless it has a functional use.

Congratulations!

Cote de Texas said...

you crack me up! you are as insecure as i am!!!! you did great. i can't believe you ordered from them, i have wanted to a million times but haven't. now i will have more incentive knowing you got such a huge piece of furniture. wow. it's beautiful.

lvroftiques said...

Laurie that was sooooo brave!! I've never bought anything like that online. Like you I'm so sceeered that something will be cheap or funky (even though it looks perfect in the pix) and I'll be so sorry! But it's really fabulous!! Have you filled it up yet? Vanna