Thursday, May 26, 2011

But What About….? Part 2 – Furniture

The question about our furniture usually comes up when people are at our house and are sitting on our sofa and chairs. Eric and I are by now quite good at seeing this question coming. It starts with a subtle glance around our living room while a silent inventory of our decor is conducted. Then, a confused look comes across our guest’s face (rightfully so), and they ask, “wait, how are you going to fit all of this stuff inside of a boat?” The short answer is that we’re not. Since the boats we’re looking at have all of the comforts of home built into the design, most all of our furniture and decor is irrelevant. This means everything must go.

Surprisingly, living on a boat isn’t what prompted us to get rid of everything. Once we made the decision to move to Miami, but before we made the decision to live on a boat, we decided we’d sell most of our furniture prior to the move. With the exception of a few items, a lot of what we had wasn’t the style we wanted for the next phase of our life together. The only furniture/decor we planned to bring to Miami when we moved were: our kitchen table & chairs, a bookshelf, and a vintage rya rug. We are extremely attached to all of these items (well, I am extremely attached to them).

Our teak kitchen table belonged to my parents and was the table my family ate dinner around for almost all of my childhood:

Our bookshelf is also a gift from my parents. Although not an antique like the table, it is of the same style, and is both simple and beautiful:

My most prized possession is our rya rug:

The rug is from the late 60’s and was the first item my parents ever purchased as a couple. I have wanted this rug since I was a small child. Now that it belongs to me, I never want to part with it. Sure it has lost some of its fluff, and is probably filled with a small colony of hippie-era dust mites, but I don’t care because I think it is the most beautiful rug ever created. I am bound to this rug both aesthetically and sentimentally. Besides, even if I could bear to let it go (and I can’t), it is not something Eric and I would likely be able to replace later on down the road if we wanted it back. I’ve found only a few similar rugs online (yes, I routinely scour the internet looking for a backup in case something were to happen to this rug), with prices ranging from the high-hundreds to the low thousands. As time goes by, these rugs will only increase in scarcity and value, making ours nearly impossible to replace (which is why I’m looking for a replacement now).

So, although we must let go of items we love, these three pieces aren’t things I can just sell at a garage sale. Thankfully, I have three sisters. My youngest sister has always coveted the bookshelf, so figuring out what to do with it was easy. She agreed to take it before I could finish asking her if she wanted it. I offered the table & chairs to my oldest sister (she is the proud owner of the table’s original chairs), and she graciously accepted. So, that leaves my favorite rug and one remaining sister. The solution is simple: I’m keeping the rug. Like all of my sisters, I love this one dearly and she can have anything else of mine, including organs, but as long as I live, this rug will remain in my home (or boat). Post-mortem, I plan to forgo a coffin and just have my corpse rolled up “HoHo-style” inside of its wooly embrace.

The rug is coming with us. One of our boat criteria is that there must be enough space to accommodate the rug. Keep in mind, this is a challenge because, unlike a house, the furniture is bolted down, so a rug can’t slide underneath anything. Eric has tried to figure out other ways to “showcase” the rug on boats that lack the right amount of open floor space. His best suggesting to date: folding the rug in half. Just a rug folded in half in the center of the floor. For your reference, here’s what that would look like:

Without hesitation, I objected to this absurd suggestion. Eric’s response? “Are you sure? I think it will look really good folded in half.”

Despite his imperfect solution to accommodate the rug, Eric has always made one thing clear; living on a boat will require giving up many things, so for those items we do keep, they should be things we truly cherish. While many of our treasured pieces of furniture and other belongings will not make the move, I’m happy our brightly colored rya rug will be onboard (unfolded) to make our boat feel like home.


  1. I think the rug will really tie the room together. Greetings from Ohio.

  2. I agree. We haven't had anyone pee on it yet...fingers crossed.