Styling a midcentury lemonwood buffet

After completing Justina Blakeney‘s styling e-class, I was all hyped up and ready to restyle our entire home. Well that was the intent at least. Well those things take a little bit of time especially when you have two children, but I finally managed to style and take pictures of my office mid-century lemon wood buffet purchased a year ago. I took the pictures Tuesday and was ready to post them yesterday but I ended up spending the day in bed with fever and flu like symptoms. No idea where that came from but the fever is gone and I am feeling much better now.

You might have seen the buffet already, since Holly took pictures of it for the house tour that she featured on HOUZZ. Those pictures were taken before I took the online class and to be quite honest much thought wasn’t put in the styling at the time. I realized that the Napoleon III crucifix wasn’t the best in terms of style matching so I started with a blank slate: the buffet and the vintage school botanical chart both found in a consignment store here in Brussels. If you like those charts, you can either get lucky and try to find some on ebay or on flea markets, or you can buy one through the company that still produces them here. First I added our vintage Panthella lamp; Designed in 1971 by Verner Panton, it certainly fits in terms of era. Then I added two small white biscuit vases because I love their texture, and this funny sculpture (don’t know what else I could call it). I found it just a couple of weeks ago Place du Jeu de Balle in Brussels, a flea market that is held every single day of the year. It was sitting amidst a lot of junk in a box and I wasn’t quite sure about it being cool or tacky but the price tag was so very low (ridiculous really) that I splurged on it. I am starting to love it, especially the octagonal base.

I finished the vignette with a few books, a succulent plant in a small pot that I repainted in green with a leftover paint sample half an hour before taking the picture, and a small green vase again for texture from the Swedish giant. The result is definitely better than what I had before. I realize that I still need to work on my photography skills though. The light is ok but not great. Well this will have to do until the next session, otherwise I’ll  never post anything if I wait for it to be perfect!

What do you think of the new styling? Have you tried such an exercise at home? Any tips or tricks you want to share here or advice to improve on my styling? As usual I would love to hear from you. Have a wonderful day!

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  • Ich liebe dieses Schränkchen! Und deine Deko auch. Wunderschön!
    Der Kurs war aber auch sehr inspirierend.Wo hast du die Vasen her?
    Liebe Grüße,

    • Liebe Stephanie, I’ll answer in English so that others can get the info too. The white vases are both from Zara Home. The large one is a vase and the small one is actually a toothbrush holder, but who said you couldn’t put flowers in toothbrush holders? They are definitely prettier !ReplyCancel

  • Oh great, you also took the course! Me too! Did you read it on my blog or Igor’s? Anyway, I love your styling. That print is so on trend right now, as are succulents and green of course. I like the vintage vibe.ReplyCancel

    • Dear Louise, to be quite honest I don’t remember if I read about it on your blog first or on Igor’s. It was a great course though and well worth the small price tag. Yes I do have a thing going on with vintage right now 🙂ReplyCancel