Decorating Around Government Issued Furniture
I have a fun post for you today! Especially for my military readers or anyone else who has had to decorate around government issued furniture or ugly hand me downs.
When a USMC family is moved across seas, we are limited to weight restrictions. The government provides us with an allotted amount of furniture (depending on your rank and size of family) and we take what we need. We decided to bring our couch and mattresses and use what we could from base.
Tip one: Only take government furniture that you absolutely need.
I made the most of the bedroom furniture by putting two tall government issued dressers in our closet, bedside tables under our son’s desk for more storage, and only kept the dresser for our bedroom (and left the mirror and bed frame).
Tip two: Use government issued furniture for hidden storage when possible.
I don’t usually like matching dresser and mirror sets for the bedroom so leaving the mirror was an easy decision. It also gave me the opportunity to create a pretty gallery wall using renter friendly command strips.
Tip three: Split up sets.
I like to play with arrangements on the floor. I then start with a center piece and work my way out.
I had all of the art and pictures hung but still needed something behind the lamp. A quick trip to the 100 yen store and a rice basket later… The perfect “filler” piece! I also found a tall mirror for under $10 at a local thrift store.
Tip four: Use local thrift and dollar stores to “fill in the blanks.”
The photographs and art are very special to me. I have pictures of my grandparents with my mom and aunt and our family. Both my grandmother and aunt have passed away so I love seeing their beautiful faces every day in these photos. The cross stitch is the Lord’s Prayer that my mother made.
Tip five: Bring personal photos and art to create a home you love even if you are halfway across the world!
After I hung the cross stitch, I realized there was a lot of gold. I quickly taped off the gold frame and added a band of white into the ornate frame while it was still hanging on the wall. The photos and art are special to me but what really stands out is the beautiful floral lamp shade (and a couple of art prints) from Minted.
Golly, our bedroom is looking different! Do you remember last summer when it was dressed in Mediterranean blues?
Master Bedroom in Blue and White
You can also see the government issued headboard and dresser in this fun post full of renter friendly decorating tips. (Bed was replaced with the GORGEOUS gold quatrefoil bed that shipped out here for $4.)
Decorating Tips for Renters
The bedroom restyling and rearranging is almost done!! Can’t wait to share the rest but for now, I’m off to Taipei!
It just goes to show you with imagination and creativity, we can all make our space work if its government furniture or hand-me-down furniture which we ALL have. I think we can all relate! Love your photo gallery Kathy!
Great tips Kathy!! This post brings back so many memories of the furniture pieces I had growing up in a military family. LOL. Definitely a needed post.
Awesome! I think I might do a couple more. 🙂
Hi Kathy! I just recently go out of the Corps and was stationed in Iwakuni Japan for my first duty station. I noticed you mentioned something about the 100 yen store (Daiso was my fave) so I had to share. And I lived in the barracks so I feel your pain about decorating around government issued furniture. Great post, not a lot like these around. Hope you’re enjoying Japan!
Great to hear from you Tatiana! I’m glad some of my readers can relate. 🙂 We are just getting settled here and love it!