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I Love Oliver Furniture

I can’t wait to show you the dresser we’ve decided on from Oliver Furniture in Denmark! But first… I’ve been doing a lot of sorting through, pinning, mood boarding (is that a word?) and the usual process of elimination as I decorate our baby boy’s nursery. It’s been a lot of fun and since it’s such a personal space, I want everything to be just right. Not perfect but right – not too over the top, not too minimalist, just a fresh slate for him to build upon as he grows and develops his own tastes and interests. One thing that has been super duper important to me from the start has been furniture selection. I didn’t want to choose throwaway pieces that couldn’t stick around for years to come. I’m done with the throwaway mentality when it comes to bigger pieces that I buy for the home or the more common, “If I don’t like it, I’ll sell it in a year” mindset that I once wholeheartedly embraced.

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These days, I’m purchasing pieces that will last and if they don’t always last in his room, I can repaint and use in another room. I want some furniture with staying power. That is why the first thing I did was to hunt for a dresser with a changing table “topper” so that after diaper days are over, his dresser can grow with him for the years that follow post-diaper. I didn’t want to buy a separate changing table because then what? It’s not like I’m going to repurpose it later as a stylish bar cart for the dining room!

I also wanted a piece made from solid wood so we could paint it and do whatever he fancies as time goes by. I wanted something with clean lines and simple hardware that could be painted or replaced too – again, so that we could change the look of the piece whenever he felt like redecorating his space. That is why the Dresser with Nursery Top from Oliver Furniture, handmade and designed in Denmark, was the perfect piece. Here are two photos of it below shown with and without the topper. Later, in another post (most likely in January) I will show you a pic of how it looks in his new room. Here it is with the nursery topper…

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And what it will look like after he is out of his diapers and we remove the top…

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And down the road, if I wish to put it elsewhere in the home, I can reuse it in any room – also I can switch out the hardware, paint it, etc. With different styling, it fits a grown up space as well…

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And about this lovely company… They design for kids and adults with old Scandinavian furniture traditions in mind. Their lead designer, Søren Rørbæk, has been working on this collection since launch in 2003 and today, they have had great success in mostly Scandinavia and Germany and now, the rest of Europe. My dresser arrived last week and I AM IN LOVE with it. It’s so beautifully made. I can’t wait to show it to you in the space. Here are a few of my favorite pieces from this gorgeous collection… I’m thinking to order either the first or second glass cabinet for my hallway…

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I also love this sweet cradle and this pretty book rack…

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See what I mean about paint? A lick of a lovely matt-finish latex can make a world of difference.

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A pretty kitchen nook and a great bed with storage for a kid’s room or guest bedroom… I also love their new alphabet cushions!

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Can you see why I love this collection? It feels very Scandinavian coastal or countryside to me, too. But of course, that’s only because of the way these pieces have been styled above and due to the spaces their in. If you add paint or even keep them white, they can be mixed into many different decor styles. This is also something that I look for when buying pieces that I plan to keep for many years – they need to be versatile. Of course, I don’t put this much thought into the standard IKEA table or file cabinets that I buy, or a fun stool from Target or even a daybed from West Elm – none of these things are such an investment that I need to be concerned about how long they’ll last. Though I’ve had some pieces from these stores that have lasted for ten years or more… But when it comes to a kid’s room, or any piece that will be used frequently and could potentially ruin quickly, I’m all about investing in something special. What about you?

(images: with permission from oliver furniture)

Posted by decor8 in furniture on December 09, 2013

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  1. FrauSchmitt commented
    December 9th, 2013 at 12:53pm

    I guess you’re right, I love Oliver Furniture, too. Nevertheless I did the complete opposite when my twins were born. I used my old wooden dresser as a nursery and after not being needed anymore it moved back to our bedroom. It was big enough to store all the necessary items for both kids. I liked the old touch it gave to the room. My comfortable Laura Ashley wingback chair moved into the kids’ room as well for the time I fed them.
    Their first beds were the well-known Swedish ones and when they were almost 4 I bought bunker beds, which can be seperated when they will have their own rooms, soon. Anyway I’m thinking of buying new ones, again ;)
    I’m sure your son will have the most beautiful room, after it’s finished.
    I’m excited to see it.
    xx, Stephanie
    FrauSchmitt´s last blog post ..Korallenfarbene Weihnachtskugeln und ganz viel weiß und Holz

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  2. Lucy Chen commented
    December 9th, 2013 at 3:48pm

    My concern is wouldn’t the kids furniture ruin easily anyway, even if it’s great quality stuff?
    Lucy Chen´s last blog post ..How to Paint an Impressionist Style Still Life in 60 Minutes

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  3. decor8 commented
    December 9th, 2013 at 6:05pm

    @Lucy – I never ruined my furniture when I was a child, my parents taught me to be very respectful of our home and what was in it so I would have never dreamed to ruin anything. I will make sure our boy minds his manners too – he’s not going to ruin our home because I won’t put up with it. I’m going to be tough and not allow it!!!! :)

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  4. Kristin Johnsen commented
    December 9th, 2013 at 8:43pm

    I LOVE the glass cases – so wish that they were available in the US! Such a nice style this young lad will be coming into – hopefully he won’t be too much of a boy’s boy and bang his trucks on his furniture!

    So glad that you are well as seem to have not had any ill affects from your fall – continue to be careful!
    Kristin Johnsen´s last blog post ..Oh where oh where has MKJ been?

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  5. decor8 commented
    December 9th, 2013 at 11:37pm

    @Kristin – He’ll have the playground behind our house to be a boy’s boy. :)

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  6. Küchenzirkus commented
    December 10th, 2013 at 6:55am

    The furniture looks lovely!
    Nice colors, classical and timless, all what furniture needs.
    Thank you for the post.

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  7. Jo commented
    December 10th, 2013 at 10:29am

    I love the dresser! Can I ask how much it was? I can’t see any prices / options to buy on the site – sorry if I am being stupid!

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  8. Usha Digiacomo commented
    December 10th, 2013 at 2:00pm

    Thanks for the link. I love to learn of new things. Their furniture is great. The site pictures absolutely gorgeous, but…
    the main portal is NOT user friendly. It took me clicking around until I got into the proper site. I could have given up. Do they know that?
    Was it only me, or others think of their site as difficult to enter as well?

    Holly
    Can’t wait to see the baby’s room…
    Bjs
    Usha
    Usha Digiacomo´s last blog post ..a sala da casa de Aerin Lauder em Aspen

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  9. Krisha commented
    December 10th, 2013 at 9:26pm

    decor8,

    I have furniture from this company – a boys boy and two quite rambunctious girls and the furniture can handle it!
    —- the scruffs are markers family history , works well for me, seeing that I never get around to scrapbooking or albums!
    Krisha´s last blog post ..all boxed up – reflections of a pack rat.

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  10. vanessa commented
    December 11th, 2013 at 5:30pm

    Holly, even if you teach sweet BBB (babyboybecker) not to scribble crayon on his furniture or walls and not to put stickers on them, the years will leave marks here and there. But that won´t matter, because thats what life is all about, eh?

    I like what you bought and I agree that the cabinet will look great in different setting. Good buy!

    For my kids I got sturdy antiques or second hand classics (string shelving aalto stools) and combined them with stuff my expartner (a carpenter) made for them, like trunks or shelves. I am sure our kids will take some stuff with them when they leave home one day.

    The only thing Ikea/Habitat/Depot in their rooms are baskets for toys and reading lamps. My rule is: Have a maximum of 2 mass production pieces per room, then it will look unique!

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  11. decor8 commented
    December 11th, 2013 at 6:15pm

    @Vanessa – Oh god no, I’m not uptight like that – he can put stickers on his dresser and whatever – that’s natural and we’re a creative family and expect he’ll be creative too. But when people tell me not to buy a nice piece of furniture because he will “ruin it”, I get a bit confused because I never ruined my furniture as a child and neither did my husband when he was a little boy. To me, the word “ruin” means “total destruction”. I would hope he won’t destroy his furniture beyond repair but I guess we shall see!

    One reason why I wanted wooden hand-crafted furniture in his room was so he COULD grow with his room. For instance, if he dents something or colors on it, or scratches something, whatever… It’s not the end of the world. We can sand it, repair, repaint – and the dresser is looking nice again for many years. I was going to go with only IKEA or cheap furniture but then I thought that I may want to really put more thought into his room design and get things that he can grow with for many, many years or that can be reused in other rooms if he tires of it. I find children’s room design/decorating such a fun process because you have to think a lot more about things that you just don’t consider for adults like sharp corners, whether things open and close with ease, safety, buying things well made but that are also “not too precious”, etc. It’s been a lot of fun!

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  12. vanessa commented
    December 11th, 2013 at 11:20pm

    decor8,

    I know you’re not uptight! Sooo sorry if it sounded as if I did. About stickers on furniture: this is a huge taboo in our house. They are a nuisance to remove! Masking tapes is fine of course.

    We have neighbors whose son put stickers (about 25) that are meant for a collective album with soccer players on the side of his sideboard. It is an old danish teak model from his grandmother. His parents were really annoyed, as they were sooo hard to peel off and left ugly marks.

    I also have a huge role of paper for drawing, painting, sticking stuff on etc. The kids cut of the size they need. And we decide which artworks go on the wall.

    Can´t wait to see your sweet nursery!

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  13. decor8 commented
    December 12th, 2013 at 2:09pm

    @Vanessa – I love the idea of washi tape on furniture, don’t you? I want to do that to MY furniture! :)

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  14. Lauren commented
    December 12th, 2013 at 4:47pm

    Hi Holly,
    I also did something a bit different- when I was pregnant (and definitely still now with my 18 month old) I was feeling overwhelmed at all of the “baby stuff”- be it furniture, clothing, toys, etc. that is made, purchased and then disposed of so quickly. It felt so awful to me that so much waste was created just on behalf of tiny babies who really don’t need most of the items marketed for them. So I resisted adding to the piles of baby junk out there and just bought entirely second-hand (also all solid wood) furniture- crib, change tables, rocking chairs, picture frames, toy chest- it was all second hand and I still love every single piece. We also try to buy all of our books, clothing, and toys used as well- you can find some beautiful, timeless and well-made used stuff out there for babies, often looking brand new (many clothing items we buy used have tags on still).

    Anyhow- I agree with you wanting to buy quality, long-lasting stuff that you hopefully won’t dispose of in a few years, but I think you can still find a lot of that second-hand/vintage/thrifted etc. Regardless- you son’s space will look beautiful!
    -Lauren

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  15. Eugene Say commented
    December 13th, 2013 at 8:21am

    The designs are fairly simple but the quality of the woods used looks like it can really stand up for several years. The most important part to be considered in furnitures is the wood because the paint can just be redone when it is starting to fade.

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