Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Build Your Own: Federal Style Buffet

Howdy blog reader, be sure to read part one before you venture down this track-

So we already talked about the buffet's big sister, the china cabinet. But this, I think in terms of mass and density (... are those the same thing?) well, this is a actually a bigger piece of furniture than the china cabinet. If this buffet had a name it would be BERTHA. All caps. BERTHA would always sign her name is all caps. BERTHA would elbow her way to the front of the crowd, and laugh the loudest at bawdy jokes told at inappropriate times. BERTHA would stomp around in big boots even in the dead heat of summer, and drink whiskey for breakfast, and BERTHA would be prettier than all of us, like gloriously 1940s siren movie star pretty. We'd all want to hate BERTHA because she'd always be the center of attention, the focus of all the spotlights, the scene-maker, the room-maker. But how can you hate BERTHA. She's everything.
            Can you tell how much I love this buffet. It's so over the top, it's high octane, but entirely refined. Mahogany and poplar, c.1940, loosely federal in style, though really a form entirely the conjuring of some mid 20th century furniture designer. The client opted for Benjamin Moore's Beach Glass for the exterior and Westminster Gold for the interior. I loooooove the splash of color behind the doors, and the soothing simplicity of the Beach Glass keeps the sideboard's expanse in check perfectly. Also the top, yummmmmmmy!!

1 comment:

  1. I love the curves on this piece. The interior is unexpected. Love following your blog.