This week I’d like to talk chat about details in styling. When it comes to beautiful design, my philosophy is that you don’t have to spend a lot of money on every item in a room; although having one or two “investment pieces” really pulls a room together. When considering a finer piece of furniture, I look for three important qualities:
- Functionality (will it provide a place to work or create, ample storage and/or organization)
- Good craftsmanship (does it have smooth rolling drawers, an excellent finish, dovetailing inside versus glue, etc.)
- Bold qualities (is there something unusual in the color, shape or style)
It’s a little more modern of a piece than I would normally select, but that’s good – I needed something to stir things up a bit. I thought really hard when deciding on a piece for our home – what color, what style, what size…and I have to say I love this chest! I’ll have it forever (until I give it to one of my children someday). The Jacqui gets a big check on all three of my objectives - functionality, excellent craftsmanship, and bold qualities. I love how it’s modern and but still has traces of a traditional vibe with the curvy lines. And the craftsmanship is amazing.
Over this next week, I’ll be photographing different ways to style a chest and I’ll use our new Jacqui as the model. For today’s look, I styled it as a drink station that would be lovely for a small dinner party…kind of a gentlemen’s club meets modern equestrian vibe. The items I used were extremely budget-friendly, one is even FREE!
Today’s look: MOD EQUESTRIAN
We don’t have a bar cart or frankly any room for one…so for entertaining, I love the idea of having a cocktail station in the living room and hors d’oeuvres in the kitchen. This chest is a perfect spot! Having drinks in a neighboring room gives everyone a chance to serve and visit without feeling too crowded.
Adore this horse print, can you believe it’s a free printable? I’ll share source at the bottom of the post.
And the tray is a cheapie from Target.
Love the modern trellis vibe in the traditional cafe au lait color.
- Chest: Bungalow 5. $1,690. You can contact Tracery Interiors to order this chest. Price is 10% off if you mention simply seleta. You may also contact Bunglow 5 at (201) 405-1800 for more info.
- Horse Print: it’s a FREE printable I found over here. Just click on the image and print. I printed it on off white card stock and popped it in an IKEA frame.
- Tray: newbie from Target $24 over here.
- Coasters and Tree Print: John Derian for Target. Got those last summer.
- Lamp: T.J. Maxx a few years ago.
- Pillow: Tracery Interiors. $86. I LOVE this pillow and used it on the banquette in our Southern Living shoot. You can contact Tracery here to order one yourself. Mention simply seleta and get 10% off.
- Flowers: Bella Flora – my favorite florist in town.
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INSPIRATION FOR TODAY’S STYLE:
I have to confess that my inspiration came from our little equestrian who had her second show this weekend. We trailered by ourselves (Peter had a soccer game with our younger two) and had a great Mommy/Daughter day with her pony. I was so proud of her riding – she showed in two open classes with adult riders as well as two classes with children her own age. She did very well considering there were as many as 20 horses and riders in each class! She’s such a talented rider and her pony, Marlee was a very good boy.