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I am a huge fan of armoires – they’re beautiful, they have the ability to house sundries of many sizes, they look good anywhere and they can store a ton! In my 1200 square feet of space, I have three and I think I need at least one more. I use one in the master bedroom for various accessories, folded clothes, extra blankets and pillows etc. I have an armoire that, by some miracle I was able to through the tight turns of the hallway into the office, where I store crafting materials, tools and other odds and ends. And finally, I have this armoire:
This one sits in the living room and stores, books, kitchen gadgets, emergency items and ahem, broken computers…we have too many broken computers. Previously, we had these magnanimously huge stock kitchen cabinets that sat in this corner – they didn’t really fit the space, but we needed some sort of cabinet desperately, so we made them work. When I decided to rearrange the living room, the couch blocked the cabinet doors from fully opening, but I love my fireplace and I hated not being able to take advantage of it! I shopped and shopped and shopped and then I realized, “hey I love that armoire in the bedroom, why not buy something from the same line?” So I settled on the Casa Florentina Josephina Bonnet Top Armoire from Ballard Designs. The Casa Florentina line is made to order in Italy and takes 3 to 4 months for delivery. When I ordered the armoire, I was under the impression that the doors were bi-fold just like closet doors, which I wasn’t super excited about (I have a hate, hate relationship with bi-fold doors), but I knew in the space where the armoire would be, that I would need the bi-fold option. When the Josephina arrived, I was pleasantly surprised that the door free swinging bi-folds!
Because the doors are free swinging, I can open the armoire without pulling the basket/side table out. The free swinging aspect of the bi-folds also means that the doors don’t block access to the shelves, so we can store boxes on the sides of the armoire without doing a puzzle to remove them and put them back. Having the bi-fold doors allows us to be able to fully access the storage space without the doors being blocked by the couch.
While the Josephina is a typical sized armoire, it can fit into tight spaces, yet still allow you to have full access to the storage space!
On another note, I mentioned plans for the office in the master bedroom reveal part 2, but we have something even bigger that we’re in the process of starting…stay tuned for the BIG plans!
This is not a sponsored post, I just love this armoire so much that I had to tell you about it!