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Styled Buffet

Yesterday I shared my late maternal great grandparents’ mirror, and how I chose to hang the mirror above my late maternal grandparents’ 1920s buffet. Today I’m sharing the fully styled buffet. Well, styled enough to keep me happy for a while.

I tried to go with more modern-looking items on top to help balance the very antique look of the buffet. Pickin’ up what I’m puttin’ down? I also wanted to keep it somewhat simple and show off some of the lines of the buffet, which is why I didn’t put anything in the center.

styled buffet

Let’s start with the left side first. The matching Broyhill lamps are a Home Goods clearance section score I randomly came across while out shopping with my mom a couple months ago. The lamps were $35 each (regular $50 at Home Goods, $100 retail). I’m digging their shape and minty color.

I love the white ceramic Jack. Doesn’t it look just like him? Other than the paws being somewhat proportionally incorrect. The bowl is random and currently serves no purpose but I couldn’t resist the geometric print.

sideboard vignette

I purchased the Eiffel Tower a couple years ago– it’s much prettier than the dinky souvenir version I brought back from Paris years ago. This one was pearly white when I bought it, but it was a victim of my gold spray paint obsession (see here and here). The vintage, Lane cedar box was my mom’s. I stole it (after asking, of course) out of my old bedroom armoire the last time I was home visiting my parents. It’s too pretty to sit inside another piece of furniture.

Note: I added the brass alligator after I took the photo below. Blogger fail. See here if you want a better look at the gator.

buffet vignette

Lamps… $70 (Home Goods)
Ceramic dog… $25 (Home Goods)
Blue & white bowl… $6 (Home Goods)
Eiffel tower… $8 (Michael’s + DIY)
Cedar box… $0 (My mom)
Brass alligator… $10 (Antique shop)

TOTAL: $119

Looking at the total kind of makes me go oof. But I’m always selective about what accessories I purchase so I can see myself using all the items above for quite a while.

styled sideboard

What do you think of the buffet?
Who’s a Home Goods lover?

Stalk away!

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  1. I love the lamps, such a nice balance with the mirror and pretty color. I have one of those Lane cedar boxes, too. It came with my cedar chest I got for graduation. Love your ideas & blog!

    1. Thanks, Laura! The cedar box came with my mom’s cedar hope chest too. She’s currently storing the hope chest in her basement until I have space to put it somewhere in our home.

  2. I have the exact same cedar chest. It was gifted to every female graduate in my high school in Ohio. Do you know where your mom got hers? And, BTW, I love the styling. My little cedar chest is tucked away in my dresser. I never considered displaying it anywhere other than the bedroom. You have inspired me to find a more visible home for it.

    1. Hi, Glenda! My mom got her small cedar box when she purchased her large cedar chest when she was 21, so in 1972. She’s currently storing the cedar chest in her basement until I have space to put it somewhere in our home.

      Yeah, definitely put yours out on display! I think it’s a gorgeous little box and a great conversation piece.

  3. It has been a long time since I looked at my little ceaar chest. Glenda, it must be an Ohio thing because that is how I got mine too. Small world! Oh I love the lamps.

  4. Michelle O says:

    I’ll admit, I wasn’t sure about the mirror with the buffet yesterday. But today – WOW! the lamps and accessories really pull it all together.

  5. Home Goods is my happy place! I love going in there! And I have a deal with myself that I never leave totally empty handed. Since they’re always changing stock I buy a new plate for my plate wall every time I go.

    Also balancing the new with the vintage is totally my jam. Our house could be 100% old people cabin if I used a lot of vintage pieces and colors, so I’ve updated it with really modern colors, window treatments and furniture pieces to make sure no one thinks I live with my grandma.

  6. I graduated from high school in the 60’s in California and the furniture store in town gifted all female graduates with the cute Lane Cedar mini chest. ….in hopes of sale of a big hope chest. I still have mine…both the mini and the big one. I have stored all the Love Letters from my husband before we were married and it has always been on display in my bedroom…thinking now of styling it in the Living Room it would make a great conversation starter. Love you blog and like to pick up ideas to continue to keep my home sweet home fresh and up to date. Thanks again

    1. What a great story! Oh, I think a hope chest would look great in a living room and a wonderful conversation starter. My mom’s small cedar box came with her hope chest when she purchased it in 1972. She’s currently storing the hope chest in her basement until I have space to put it somewhere in our home. She’s also storing my maternal grandma’s hope chest for me too. I need a bigger house to put all of these family heirlooms! 🙂

  7. Love those lamps, and the buffet is just gorgeous! So awesome that you have this heirloom piece.

  8. The lamps are stunning! Will be stalking my HomeGoods indeed!

  9. The buffet is stunning! The styling is simple yet pretty but I feel the lamps are under scale for the piece. Go bigger!

  10. I just love the subtitle of your blog – that is what I think of when looking at the buffet and your lamps – so elegant, different, and gorgeous all at the same time. Awesome idea!

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  12. Very nice look to this. I also have a tiny cedar chest from HS graduation. It just came free from the local furniture store (1978). I have a mahogany buffet from grandmother’s similar to this. It needs major cleaning and love. I enjoyed your other post about recoating. I also have two lamps at either end of mine. These old sideboards are just fantastic.

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