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Monday, September 19, 2011

The New Buffet

Ever since we made the formal living room into a formal dining room and purchased the dining table of my dreams I have been on the hunt for a buffet. The buffet that goes with the dining table we purchased at Cost Plus just wasn't what I wanted.  I wanted something bigger.  Something that I could really use to store at least some of my dishes.

To be honest, I had found The.Perfect.Buffet months ago.  I just couldn't wrap my head around the price.  I went back and looked at it numerous times.  I ran my hands lovingly across its smooth real hardwood finish.  This was one solid piece of furniture! I made Mr. B go with me on several occasions, silently hoping he would tell me it wouldn't fit where I wanted it.  I went home and measured over and over.  Dang it!  It would fit.  Mr. B kept telling me to just get it.  The only thing holding thing me back was, well, ME!  It took a lot of self-talking but last weekend I finally hit the wall and said "Kathe, you want it, it will fit and it will look beautiful.  Quit beating yourself up and just go get it!" So...I did.  I went and ordered her to be delivered post haste.

It was delivered yesterday.  Not an hour after the roofers left.  Just as a cold driving rain started.
 Luckily it was covered in plastic so my baby was safe.  

No sooner had the delivery men left did I start loading her up.  I could not believe all that she could hold!  3 full sets of my favorite china, tons of miscellaneous dish sets, all of my napkin rings, 2 coffee services including the coffee pot, sugars and creamers! I just kept bringing stuff to her and she kept happily accepting them!



What I love the most is the rustic planked top.  It goes so well with the plank topped dining table.  It is as though they are sisters of different mothers!

Here is the top of the dining table
Of course I just couldn't leave it bare for long.  Mr. B was kind enough to get my  bins of Fall stuff down from the shelves up in the garage. Then it was a whirlwind of everything faux.  Leaves, pumpkins, acorns you name it and I was trying it all out on the buffet.  

Once I reined myself in, I was able to put together a Fall vignette I am proud of.
(Excuse the dark photos.  You'd never guess it but we were experiencing a day of abundant sunshine and no matter what I did, I could not get nice bright photos!  Blinds open.  Blinds closed.  Lights on.  Lights off.  Cussing softly.  Cussing loudly. It did no good at all!)








I am so happy I listened to Mr. B and,well, to me :)  I see so many happy times dressing her up.  I see her helping me serve holiday meals in high fashion.  I see her listening to me when I need someone to hear all of my hopes and dreams.  Um, okay, maybe not that one :)

I do have a question though.  Do I leave the picture above it or should I go with a mirror?  Round or oblong?  Let me know what you think.



28 comments:

  1. I would definatly go with a mirror Kathe.I would choose for myself oblong.So there you have my input.really cute decor for the fall season.The mirror would complete it.

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  2. Love the buffet! Wish we could come out and see it for ourselves. I think a horizontal mirror with sconces (candle or light) would look real pretty and maybe even help with the picture taking. :)

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  3. This is so beautiful! I love how you've decorated her too!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  4. I'm so happy for you, Kathe. I LOVE this buffet and it looks very much like your table! Yay!! Your vignette is very festive...I really need to get going on my fall decor but I have so much in the way! Yours looks great and yes, the mirror looks fabulous!!

    XO,
    Janie

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  5. What a fabulous piece and yes, the top does look like the dining table. Such a find and I am so thrilled that you went ahead and got it. Love the vignette. Beautiful. I think the picture is lovelyly, but a really large mirror would also be fabulous. I just think really big and then matching candlestick lamps. Thanks so much for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

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  6. Nice! Oooo, and the plank top is nifty! I'd go with an oblong mirror. (BTW, thanks for joining in the "Lessons Learned" meme. See my latest post for the wrap-up. Cheers!)

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  7. Just saw your post on Savvy Southern Style. What a beautiful piece! You did a great job with the vignette. I am new to blogging and your newest follower. I hope you will follow back! Peace and blessings to you!

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  8. Love the vignette! So nicely done, Kathe with an E. ;) Found you via Someday Crafts. Toodles, Kathryn aka Kathy http://thededicatedhouse.blogspot.com/2011/09/few-finished-projects.html

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  9. What a great buffet. You have so much storage! The planked top is great. I love all your pumpkins and especially the candy corn (wouldn't last long in my house). I think an oversized rectangular mirror would look great. Instead of wood, maybe a metal to match your chandelier (not that I can see it!). Just a thought. There are so many great mirrors out there.

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  10. Your buffet is gorgeous, works well with your table. Love all the fall you have going on. Congratulations on your new piece of furniture.
    hugs ~lynne~

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  11. Lovely buffet, and you have really given it the perfect fall touch!

    Happy Tablescape Thursday to you...

    XO,

    Sheila

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  12. Beautiful Buffet! Looks great with your table. Thanks for sharing,love your floors too.

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  13. Love the new piece!! I like art, but it sounds like you want a mirror....go for it...and I agree with Marty, make it LARGE with two candlestick lamps...(try a mirror width that is at least 1/3 the width of your buffet, with a height that is 2/3 the width of your buffet) a really 'ornate' mirror (think of the mirror as her 'string of pearls'). Your hubby sounds like mine....'just get it!'..hahaha

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  14. Yup...your husband rocks! :-) Congratulations on the new buffet. It looks great, and you DO deserve it!

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  15. As many says... "a mirror" and it makes your dining area larger.

    Fantastic choice.


    Happy TS & GB,
    /chie

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  16. She's a dandy of a buffet! Love her seasonal "dress" too. I know you'll never regret having her.

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  17. what a lovely new piece of furniture
    to bring home to cherish

    she is a doll
    with her 'old' looking finish
    and all gussied up for autumn

    thanks for sharing her
    at fridays unfolded!

    alison

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  18. I love your piece, it's just great! I adore buffets, they have so many possibilities for arrangements on top! You did a great job fixing her up for an autumn vignette, I love it!! Have a nice weekend. FABBY

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  19. Looks great! Thanks for linking to Things I've Done Thursdays.

    Melanie
    bearrabbitbear.blogspot.com

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  20. The buffet is beautiful and beautifully decorated as well!

    Thank you so much to linking to Potpourri Friday. Your participation is appreciated!

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  21. great buffett and I love your holiday decor.

    megan
    craftycpa.blogspot.com

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  22. LOVELY Post :)
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  23. Love the buffet and vignette! I heart buffets! I would go with an oblong mirror.
    Came over from I heart naptime
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    Gaylene

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  24. what a beautiful piece of furniture. I can just see you changing things constantly. I would if I had the spcae for such a wonderful piece. Enjoy
    Hugs,
    Ellen

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  25. What a beautiful piece! I love the finish and the way you accessorized the top. The picture is lovely, but I'd opt for the oblong mirror, so the focus stays on your tabletop vignette.

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