Cottage Update: The Dining Buffet

dining room buffet small

After waiting months for the delivery of my buffet, I finally have a little corner of my dining room complete!  I still need some kind of lighting over here.  I’m guessing a petite table lamp of some sort.  I don’t want to block too much of my painting.  What type would you mix in here?

buffet detail

I acquired this vintage server from my ever-stylish Nana.  I love its shape and detailing and the size was just perfect for my space.  The veneer could definitely use some work, but it doesn’t bother me.  Feels more “authentic.”

naomi bar display buffet

With its location close to both my table and kitchen it is the perfect spot for my booze.  Which means my bar cart is no longer acting as a bar cart.  Who says you have to follow the rules?  I’m about practicality and with my busy rotation of house guests, this little tray of alcohol has actually seen some action.

painting details

About the painting:  I get emailed all the time about this piece and unfortunately I do not know anything about it.  I found it in my grandmother’s basement.  From what I can see, it looks like it was done by “Janine” in 1972.

See the Before of this little corner HERE.

  1. Kelli

    beautiful piece.. and love your choice of liquor! Vodka and tequila – a girl after my own heart hehe

  2. Kristy

    This looks amazing, Naomi. Such a special piece! I have a lamp I’m selling in my Etsy shop … Link below. Please don’t feel like I’m pushing it on you but I ‘m loyal reader (and very bad infrequent commenter) who knows you like Asian/Chinoiserie pieces. This girl loves a food dog 😉

    Email me if you’re interested and we can work something out!!


    • Naomi

      ooo its SO cute! I will need to look at measurements.

  3. I love the contrast of the vibrant colors in the art with the wood tones of the old buffet. No doubts you will find the perfect lamp!

  4. Julia

    Saw a great lamp at Target today that you might like. It’s the Threshold Ceramic Lamp Base Honey Comb for $43.99. LOVE the buffet!

    • Naomi

      I always forget about Target! I suppose its worth a look.

  5. I have nothing smart to offer, only compliments… it looks so relaxed and inviting, and yet tailored and clean. A magnificent little corner. I like the ideas above for art lighting, or I would also do something short, and shiny to add some more sparkle to the nook. Maybe something angular, like that cute little hectagonal number from Land of Nod, or the black, airy one called Isosceles. (Budget is still king, right?)

    • Naomi

      love that land of nod lamp! I think the gold one is backordered, though.

  6. Kristen

    LOVE this piece. Isn’t it so great to be able to have heirlooms like this? I feel like it really makes your house feel like a home.

  7. That’s awesome. The pieces are super cool on their own, but the fact they are inherited and have family history make it infinitely cooler. The coolest!

    • Naomi

      That is cute, Elisa, and not too tall either!

  8. Gabrielle | Savvy Home

    That painting is stunning! Have you thought about art lighting? Could really help showcase the piece and give you some lighting without blocking the view 🙂

    • Naomi

      Good idea, Gab! I’ll look into it.

    • Art lighting was what totally popped into my head too. Seems like a smart solution since the surface area is limited.

  9. So lucky to have inherited that piece of art and furniture– it is a show stopper! I agree you def don’t want to block your painting — love everything!

  10. Ashley

    I bet Nana is proud.

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