Friday, August 24, 2012

Furniture Fridays

Happy Furniture Friday everyone.  Today is a busy day for me as we are moving (cannot believe we have been in New York for a year!), and I am so happy to have Dionne from Dionne Designs with us to share her fav piece (and what a great one it is!). Dionne is the creative mind behind this wonderful blog, and she also runs her own design consultancy Dionne Trifiro Design LLC.  Thank you so much for being with us today and I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend! 

I was so excited to be asked by Anna to contribute to Furniture Fridays, scanning past posts I saw many classic pieces of furniture that I truly love. I was secretly glad that no one had yet featured the Apothecary cabinet!

Via Veranda & 'The New Traditional' by Darryl Carter. 
Photograph by Gordon Beall 

Via Veranda & 'The New Traditional' by Darryl Carter. 
Photograph by Gordon Beall.

Apothecary cabinets were used in the 18th & 19th century by pharmacists and physicians and were designed to store medications and medical accessories, hence the multiple drawers. Sometimes there can be up to 50 drawers making this piece of furniture not only interesting to look at but also functional. I confess to being a symmetry maniac, which is possibly why I am attracted to this equally spaced, perfectly sized, drawer filled cabinet.

I would love to use it as a free standing piece of furniture in a kitchen design, it can help break up the monotony of wall to wall fitted cabinets by introducing a different style and a new material. Many have a space for labels on each drawer front so remembering where you put your kebab skewers is easy! Adding a hanging pot rack above can create a nice practical vignette.

I really like that they are available in so many finishes and wood species and that the design is so simple that it can be placed in any room in the home; as shown above in a sitting room or dining room. Smaller ones can be a useful storage solution for a bathroom which as we all know is a room always desperate for organization.

A favorite of mine has to be the Asian apothecary, the patina'd cherry red lacquer would make an impact in any foyer and as a additional bonus great for holding mail, leashes and keys.

Put two together.

Make your own labels.

Via Elle Decor

Unusual wall cabinet. (LOVE the lamps!)

Via Being-red

Kitchen storage.

Thank you Anna for having me guest post, it truly is a pleasure.


  1. What a great choise! I'm madly in love with apothecaries, too. I love all the smal drawers and the antique surface, that most of them have. Thanks, Dionne, for sharing all these amazing pics with us here. Will head over to your blog now to check it out.
    Happy Sunday! Lysann

    1. I totally agree Lysann, this is a wonderful selection and I love the way they look in any interior. There is also something so mystical about opening all the different compartments and discovering something new in each one!

  2. Super unique feature that brings interest into a space. I love this.

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  4. Ooh yes! The apothecary cabinet is a great choice! Love the one in the first image.


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