I have this sideboard. It’s not just a beautiful sideboard (I mean, it IS beautiful), but it has real sentimental value. My sideboard is a 1960 McIntosh teak sideboard and it belonged to my late grandparents. It was the centrepiece in their dining room, often bursting with cakes and sandwiches at family gatherings and, when the parties weren’t in full force, acting as my grandma’s alter to the family – displaying photos of beaming children and grandchildren.
Little did my grandparents know how “on trend” their beloved sideboard (a hand-me-down from their old neighbours, I believe) would become in 2016, when mid-century shapes and retro furniture is back in vogue.
Anyway, this sideboard is now a focal point in our living room. It’s also the source of many a faff. I love faffing around with the items displayed on top of it, moving pieces here and placing new plants or photos there. Styling a sideboard has never been so fun as in autumn, which is my favourite time of year to be at home. It got even more fun when I received a delivery of beautiful interiors accessories from the Kelly Hoppen range.
The pieces included this gorgeous copper tray (which would look equally good against the inky blue of my bedroom walls), this hanging hexagon lantern (which will probably end up in our kitchen once the makeover is complete) and this statement photo frame.
Here’s how I’ve used them to refresh our sideboard for autumn – what do you think?
(You can find out more about the products over in this post on my family lifestyle blog Mother’s Always Right.)
Here’s a step-by-step guide of what I did:
Starting with an empty sideboard I added the essential things I needed to keep here, in our case this is a telephone and a baby monitor.
I then added the lighting (a table lamp and a light box).
Once I had the bare essentials in place I played around with a couple of accessories to see which ones worked best together. A range of shapes, textures and colours can work well if you’re putting together an eclectic display. Or you can keep tones neutral with a range of whites, greys and taupe.
4. ADD TEXTURE
I then added my copper tray to introduce some different texture to the sideboard, along with a couple of books to create a sense of height.
This is the point I added a framed photo – or you could choose a print that you love or piece of art.
5. SEASONAL TOUCHES
I like the idea of creating a little display that changes throughout the seasons. At this time of year it’s nice to add some pinecones or even a couple of pumpkins.
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