I showed you the furnishings in the dining room on Monday, but I left one thing out. One thing that’s not quite right.
A few months ago I posted a photo on Instagram of a buffet I had found thrifting at a ridiculously high price. I mean, for what it is the price was fair (it’s an Ello), but not for finding it at a thrift store in Independence, Missouri. I was talking with my friend, Laura, about it as we were finishing up her living room and she really wanted to see it. The store was down the road from her, so we hopped in the car and went to take a peak. Laura is the queen of bargaining. She can get a good deal on anything. She saw what I saw in the piece and asked how much I would be willing to pay for it (definitely not the $950 on the pricetag).
We were a week out from moving into the house, I had no idea where I’d put it, but I knew I wanted that sideboard. Within minutes Laura had them talked down to $150 and we were out the door with it. It sat in my parent’s entry for the week – don’t bring that up in front of my dad. It’s been living in the wood paneled room since we moved in, but when we had secured the dining room color, I loved the idea of bringing this piece in.
The color is unusual, and I think it looks so pretty against the dark navy. They compliment each other, and the flash of the brass and colored glass in the more moody space is a nice mix.
But, it’s too small. It needs to be about two feet longer. The mural and the table just overpower it.
The old me would have stuck a pair of chairs on either side and called it good, but I’m trying to be more intentional with this home and get things right the first time. This piece could be beautiful in Milly’s room as a dresser or my workspace to hold fabric, so it’s versatility doesn’t make me regret the purchase. For now it will stay put to hold entertaining pieces, but I’ve got my eyes open for the perfect buffet.
Along with a buffet, the table needs captains chairs. I have the chairs, but I have yet to pull the trigger on the fabric to reupholster them. From day one I’ve told myself Jamil, but I’m having second thoughts. I want this room to feel intimate and moody, and I fear that the animal print mixed with the rug will end up looking playful. Second thoughts. Design seems to be full of them if you let it. So for now we’ll move on to another space, and I’ll wait patiently for the right things to reveal themselves in here. While I’m not wanting this space to lean playful, the space we’re tackling now needs to be just that.
I’ll be back next week with some sneak peeks.