Heart's Desire Antique MallI love beautiful things. I think most of us do! But as I've gone into people's homes and helped them create interiors that cater to their lifestyles, I've realized that function is just as important as beauty. How many times have you looked at a gorgeous chair, only to sit down and discover that it is so uncomfortable? I once bought a stunning bookcase for my den, but soon found out that the shelves weren't deep enough to hold any of my book collection! Experience has taught me to look for pieces that are the best of both worlds; beautiful and functional!

As I was sHeart's Desire Antique Mallhopping at Heart's Desire Mall this week, I was looking for a piece that was attractive and would serve multiple functions. I came across a repurposed console television (haven't seen one of these since my college days!). The original solid wood casing and interior had been painted, and all the workings had been removed and replaced with shelving inside.

I was drawn to this piece for a few reasons. It's not a precious antique, so it could be painted to fit any color scheme. I love that it has storage inside and can hold decorative objects on the top. It's also on wheels and is the perfect size for one person to manage moving it. I could see this piece in a kitchen serving as a drinks station. You could keep your stemware, cocktail napkins, extra wine, and serving pieces inside, and place a nice serving tray on top holding hors d'oeuvres. And since it's on wheels, the party could move from room to room!

The lesson here is to keep an open mind when shopping, and look for pieces that will do double duty. Whether it serves multiple purposes, has storage capabilities, or is mobile, when you find a piece that is beautiful and functional, you've hit the jackpot!

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