Saturday, November 13, 2010

Buffet envy ...

Call it what you will ... buffet, sideboard or server. Whatever name you apply, it is still such a practical piece of furniture for entertaining. Unfortunately, I have absolutely no space for one in my dining room and feel a tinge of envy every time I see one in a designer's portfolio.

If I could find a way to incorporate a buffet for casual meal service that offers storage space for linens or dinnerware, I would want to make it a statement piece. Like this aged beauty (above) that appeared in Inspired Design Daily, buffets can serve so many other useful purposes when not hosting dinner guests.

I love dramatic statement pieces that win you over with their bold aura and unique beauty. I've collected a few inspirational images that would wow even the most design-savvy house guest. The bombe style server below has to be among my very favorites. Photo via Inspired Design Daily.

I certainly would be tempted to try this paint treatment on a flea market find. So, I'll be keeping my options open if ever I find a furniture piece with great bones like this one. I don't know where I'll put it, but I'll make it work!

The two contemporary takes below incorporate mirrored surface treatments that up the drama. Left is a sideboard rendition available in ivory or ebony from Mecox Gardens, while the LA Furniture Store offers the black-finished buffet shown at right.

While a variety of select wood veneers were incorporated in the modern server below, I would think a similar feel could be achieved by stripping, then alternating stains, or even painting a piece with clean, contemporary lines. Photo via Furniture Fashion online home magazine.

Designer Byronie Porter gives her furniture designs (below) a fun factor by covering every surface with wallpaper. Case in point: the 'Patchwork' buffet and humorous 'Faces' chest.

Gotta love anything that doesn't take itself too seriously!

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