Multifunctional Furniture

Multifunctional Furniture

I hope you all had a relaxing and fun-filled weekend. We didn't end up going out at all this weekend. It was raining and when it rains here, it usually drops below zero and is incredibly damp which seeps into your bones, hence way too cold to be out. If you thought winters in southern Italy were mild - think again. I spent my Saturday and Sunday doing the regular shopping, some much needed house cleaning and cooking some delicious meals. 

We invited a dear friend over for an Asian dinner on Saturday night. The menu was Seaweed soup and fried rice. She brought over these lovely desserts, called "Secrets," which we finished off with red wine, grappa and after much pleading from her we watched Sex in the City 2. My husband was a great sport. He watched it all the way through the end without falling asleep...I, on the other hand, have watched it one too many times and fell asleep. 

I wish I had thought to take photos of the dessert, "Secrets," but take my word for it. They were absolutely divine. I was in chocolate heaven. Our mouths and faces were covered with chocolate. We looked like little children who weren't able to keep our mouths or fingers clean. Apparently, they are a specialty of the town that she lives in (Polignano, Italy). I promise next time that I'll take photos of it for you. 

How was your weekend my friends?

Since we bought our home last year, I've been busily nesting. Trying to combine my beautiful (and unfortunately) expensive taste with a tight budget is very challenging. I find that in order to justify an expensive piece of furniture, it has to have more than just the "isn't it gorgeous?" factor.

I've always enjoyed functional art and furniture, plus it justifies the cost. It's a combination of "genius"....don't you think? Here are a few pieces that I've found along the way to share with you. 

A blend of modernity, simplicity and functionality

This table from Tiny Tim can take centre stage of a room or be hidden away to make space in a small area. It would be perfect for any part of the home. 

Tiny Tim Table:

This piece from Carolina George has three functions. It can be your dining table, or folded down into a coffee table, and fold it down once more and voila - you've got an elegant bookcase! 

I would love to own this gorgeous walnut bench from Jonathan Alder in my living room - wouldn't you?

Claude walnut gossip bench 

Think of the extra space you save by being able to store bedding and pillows minus the dust in this fabulous bed frame. 

This stool does double duty as a chair and side-table.

Sottom Stool and Side-Table.

The Embrace Table is a three-in-one design. The table acts as a shelving and storage unit or as a separate service 
to sit on. 

Great Multitasking Table

I'm not keen on the colour, however, it's a really cool idea and it has so many multi-functions. It can serve as a very large couch and day bed or a bed for guests, and you can add a tray or board on top to add a coffee table. Plus it has a secret drawer to hide your chocolate addiction.

Candy Bar Bed 

The ladder and stump have so many multi-functions and gorgeous to boot! Wooden pieces add such warmth to a room. I love the simple design of these rooms.

bamboo ladder 

natural tree-stump side table 




  1. It is so nice to spend time with a dear friend. I would love to know what the "Secrets" dessert looks like. Yesterday, I had lunch with a dear friend. It's always so good to talk with someone who knows you so well, and you also know them.

    I like the chocolate sofa. Thanks for sharing. :)

  2. That Carolina George piece is genius! Really like it. I have no words for the gossip bench - only drool.....

  3. I really love the idea of using a ladder as a part of a decor or in a bathroom. Also that little round chair is sooo cute and perfect for small spaces.
    Glad you had a relaxing weekend and wish you a lovely Monday, sweetie

  4. thank you for your sweet comment on my blog.

    I love that gossip bench ;-)

  5. Hi dear,

    Post Holiday blues here too. You are not alone....!

    Just wanted you to know that I am busy with William's room makeover. And YOUR red charcoal board keeps popping up in my head ALL the time! I am going to copy your idea! Will mention it a week or so.

    Hope that will cheer you up!

    Warm hugs,


  6. Reese, Reese, Reese!!! I am so breathless...W-O-W!!! So hard to pick a favorite one to embellish my home!!! You know we built our house short ago and we are still furnishing it. I DO understand what you feel!!! That is so hard to me to do everything in slow motion...(buying stuff, I mean:o(
    Well, I won't give up!

    The quote you wrote me is the best, indeed, I have ever heard! I will post it soon, if you give me permission to! I am going to post you wrote me that, for sure.
    I am so happy I found a blog friend like you! Sweet, delicate, and sincere! Thanks!!
    Much love to YOU!!! Bela

  7. great finds... i am obsessed with multi-function furniture... (small apartment in nyc...)

    it's not as beautiful but is a triple threat:

    stool, table, storage... i have three of these...


  8. these are all beautiful furniture! and i am really curious about this dessert "secrets". :D

    <3, Mimi

  9. Ps: I am hosting a beautiful Garnish party supplies GIVEAWAY today :) ...Just in time for Valentine’s Day!
    Hugs and kisses, darling

  10. I love ladders in bathrooms. My parents have one as a towel rack, and another hung from the ceiling in their kitchen to hang pots and pans from.

    x Jasmine

  11. I've been really interested in this kind of furniture. I've been doing a lot of furniture shopping lately. It is fun, but definitely hard to keep within a budget when there are so many wonderful pieces of furniture out there! Great post!
    I hope you have a fantastic weekend! xo

  12. love having weekends staying in. I too have expensive taste with a limited budget. Makes the hunt more exciting though.

  13. I love when furniture is designed well like this... I agree, everything should have more than one purpose!

  14. that first table is gorgeous! and that multitasking one is pretty great too!

  15. that first table is gorgeous! and that multitasking one is pretty great too!

  16. Oh my I love that Candy Bar Bed! It's fabulous! And I wish I could try one of those secrets. Sounds divine :)

    Have a great weekend, honey!

  17. genius!! Thanks for all the fun links!

  18. such awesome and functional designs! i want them all! i love your blog by the way, very stylish & artsy! if you have a second, take a visit on my blog & become a follower... well only if you want to ;)

  19. Wow! This is so amazing. I love the Carolina George piece, it's brilliant!

  20. "Secrets" sounds really divine. I spent my weekend with friends. It was quite a bit of a change since last few months have been hectic and painful. A much needed change.

    I love the furniture ideas. Houses in Mumbai are quite small and one needs multifunctional furniture in the homes. Thanks for sharing...

  21. Hello Good Morning, I am sure for you is good afternoon!!!
    Thank you for the sweet words, I LOVE Italy and Italian food, I also noticed you are a blog friend with Bela, my fellow Brazilian... I just removed all my info from my profile because of unwanted follower and some weird stats...too bad... Oh well I guess this is virtual life.
    Anyway nice to meet I will be back here a lot.



  22. so awesome!
    i found your blog through my friend brittany stowell -
    i love to travel too... so much adventure to be had!

    keep it coming!

  23. Oh, I understand completely how you feel about Italian. Just relinquish and study... once you can get around it'll be so much easier.

    I went to a wedding in April very close to Assisi (on the other side of the highway and up a hill). It is such a beautiful part of the world in spring - would love to spend some more time exploring all the towns as we didn't really have any time to do anything apart from the wedding stuff.

  24. I want that stump table! And all of this. Fantastic post.


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