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Styling a Sideboard (the Autumn Edition)

Geometric hanging lantern kelly hoppen

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.

Kelly Hoppen homeware

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.

Copper tray kelly hoppen

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.


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.


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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  • Reply Fritha Strickland October 12, 2016 at 9:20 am

    I love your interior style so much Molly! I really want a size board but we have no where for it to fit, I’m always wishing we had more space to fill it with more beautiful furniture! x

    • Reply Molly October 13, 2016 at 7:01 pm

      Ah thank you so much Fritha – coming from you that means a lot! Yes I love our sideboard. It would never have fit in our old house – and it wasn’t easy getting it in the front door!

  • Reply Kathryn October 12, 2016 at 10:00 am

    Oh what a lovely hand-me-down – it’s a beauty! Those Kelly Hoppen accessories are gorgeous too! xx

    • Reply Molly October 13, 2016 at 7:02 pm

      Thanks Kathryn! I do love the mixture of old and new. x

  • Reply Alison October 12, 2016 at 11:11 am

    I love McIntosh furniture – my parents had some dressers much like your sideboards (think my dad hacked one to pieces with a chainsaw but that’s a story for another day). Love your styling!

    • Reply Molly October 13, 2016 at 7:02 pm

      Argh, he hacked it to pieces? Sacrilege!

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