Last week I found myself wondering why the heck I didn’t like the way our sideboard looked. And then I remembered that dust shows super well on the dark stain.
While I was dusting everything off I thought about switching some of the styling options around to see if things would look better one way or another. In the sense of openness and sharing my design failures and successes with you, I thought I’d show you what I did!
The Prim and Proper
I own fare more crystal that I would have thought, so I figured why not bring some of it out and set it on the sideboard? maybe dust the crystal as well… there’s dust everywhere. BRB while I dust the entire dining room! The hydrangeas are great for filling space, while my blue chinese Foo dog is a great guard for the “good” vodka and gin, which are, mind you, worth fighting for.
Because I believe it’s just a good idea to have a bottle of champagne on hand (don’t laugh too hard at that assertion) I keep one in the fridge chilled and ready for any occasion. For this little photo shoot I dragged it out and put it in the ice bucket where it belongs! Now if only I had a reason to open it!
You could find this setup in any “old money” home or estate and it would like it had always been there.
The Funky in Gold
If there’s one thing I have more of than crystal, it’s gold and brassy items.
Don’t ask me why. For the longest time I thought anything that wasn’t silvery was tacky and gauche, but then I discovered how much fun it was to mix the tones and now I’m unstoppable. Seriously, don’t try and stop me, you’ll get your hand swatted away with a sound effect for added drama. *kapow*
See? Gold tray, gold pineapple, gold sparkle champgange glasses, gold water pitched and brass votive candles. It’s a party straight out of the 80s! The tray makes for easy distribution, while the little toothpicks with flags are a fun way to skewer whatever hors d’oeuvres are passing around.
If this arrangement were to become permanent I would probably mix in some different tones and ditch the water pitcher because of its conflicting aesthetic. Same with the gold vase of flowers, it looks out of place.
The “press for champagne” piece is my attempt at The Aestate’s print (no longer in their esty store). Although I love the tones in this buffet setup, I don’t think I could live with it year-round. It’s too much, albeit delightful.
The Birds of Paradise
So I kinda, maybe, sorta fell in love with these two bird prints from Ikea. I may or may not have driven to IKEA two weekends ago, in part, to get these prints. They’re fantastic! Who doesn’t love a silky bantam chicken and a cockatoo?! Remember my chicken plate wall?
Although these prints actually live in our TV room upstairs (the pairing with the bright yellow couch was too much to pass up), I trotted them down to the sideboard to see if I liked them ever better in this vignette.
Because I’m not quite sure what to call these white knobs, I’ve just taken to calling them finials (even though they are not finials- a finial is like a bijoux that some lamps have). I bought the leopard sugar bowl a while back for 1$ (can you blame me?) but instead of using it for sugar, I keep some mints in it. I think for the purposes of dressing the sideboard differently, it works well next to the “finials.”
In the end our sideboard has returned to exactly what it was (because a good dusting did the trick), but should you folks be in the market for a design revamp and have a tight budget, you should consider tweaking the small things first.