A Favorite Decor Piece in My Home

Ya know that saying “if you want something done, ask a busy person?”Pretty much how this timecrunched blogger rolls nowadays. (In the past, my perfectionist self might want a week to plan, shoot,and create a post with original content.) So when I decided I would share (today!) a decor piece in our home that’s special to me with the backstory, I knew I wouldn’t have time for perfection.

Rustic oak Belgian antique cupboard in European country styled living room by Hello Lovely Studio


However, the imperfectionista
new me routinely
 lives dangerously like that now.

I got up extra early this morning to snap

shots honoring a favorite decor piece in our home

and am so so glad I took the time

since it’s indeed true that

“Happiness is not having what you want;

it’s wanting what you have!”

A Favorite Design Piece.

This treasure we own–

an old oak Belgian sideboard–

keeps providing joy AND storage.
It is in our two-story great room,
and I honestly have no idea what
we would have placed here had we
not owned this beautiful cupboard.

You may remember seeing the sideboard

within my studio in our former home.

It’s massive (9 feet wide) yet smartly shallow (14 inches),

and I can fit a whole bunch of other beloved decor pieces inside!

We bought the sideboard locally more than a decade ago,

and it hails from a Belgian estate (circa 1930s).

It comes with all the romance of an aged,

rustic, castle-worthy cupboard.

What We Love About It.

We love its lacy ironwork, the naked natural oak,

the ability to lock it, and the rugged presence

it brings to our great room.

The sideboard works really well in this setting,

I think because of the rusticity of the woods outside.

We traded pristine manicured acres of lawn at our

last home for a “camp-like” mini forest where dappled

light is reflected through soaring leafy trees,

casting beautiful patterns of light upon the ground.

It’s where a fox, 9 turkeys, squirrels, owls,

and a dozen deer frolic and appear daily.

The sideboard is handsome, and “a piece of home”

etched on our sons’ memories. 

How We Display the Decor Piece.

HA!

No challenge there.
It has presence von presence.

The trick is making sure it doesn’t completely

steal the show!

When we found this fornlorn fixer upper more

than 2 years ago, we instantly knew where the

sideboard would go (ditto with the rest

of the furnishings…everything has

remained where we

asked movers to place it on move-in day!).

Enjoy a bazillion pictures of my favorite

decor piece basking in this morning’s gentle light. 

Rustic oak Belgian antique cupboard in European country styled living room by Hello Lovely Studio
Favorite Decor Piece: A Belgian Sideboard

By now, you are well-acquainted with my

design style: simple, frugal, and lovely with no fuss!

A branch from a Burning Bush just outside

our front door, some beautiful design books,

wood beads, and rustic wood candleholders

rest on top for now…I change it up often.

Rustic oak Belgian antique cupboard in European country styled living room by Hello Lovely Studio
Favorite Decor Piece: A Belgian Sideboard

I found the modern concrete lamps at Homegoods,

and I love their geometry and simplicity.

Rustic oak Belgian antique cupboard in European country styled living room by Hello Lovely Studio
On top of the sideboard.

You may recall the giant art piece I painted

to go above this sizable cupboard–it’s

huge, on wood, and essentially an abstract

portrait of our family, though you

might interpret it differently.

Rustic oak Belgian antique cupboard in European country styled living room by Hello Lovely Studio
Inside the cupboard? More decor goodness!

So much storage space!

Truly a stylist’s dream cabinet.

Antique silver pieces piled in an old cupboard on Hello Lovely Studio
Vintage silver and silverplated lovely.
Rustic oak Belgian antique cupboard in European country styled living room by Hello Lovely Studio
I love that the piece is so shallow.
Gertrude Sideboard
In case you need a European country sideboard: FIND HERE
Rustic oak Belgian antique cupboard in European country styled living room by Hello Lovely Studio
Favorite Decor Piece: A Belgian Sideboard
Rustic oak Belgian antique cupboard in European country styled living room by Hello Lovely Studio
Our kids used to sit inside this sideboard.
Rustic oak Belgian antique cupboard in European country styled living room by Hello Lovely Studio
Favorite Decor Piece: A Belgian Sideboard
Rustic oak Belgian antique cupboard in European country styled living room by Hello Lovely Studio
Favorite Decor Piece: A Belgian Sideboard
Design books and wood beads on old oak sideboard - Hello Lovely Studio
Inspiring books from talented creatives.
This vintage prayer chair from France is also a fav.
Rustic oak Belgian antique cupboard in European country styled living room by Hello Lovely Studio
When you live in the woods, foliage is in abundance!
Rustic oak Belgian antique cupboard in European country styled living room by Hello Lovely Studio
Favorite Decor Piece: A Belgian Sideboard
Rustic oak Belgian antique cupboard in European country styled living room by Hello Lovely Studio
Favorite Decor Piece: A Belgian Sideboard
Rustic oak Belgian antique cupboard in European country styled living room by Hello Lovely Studio
Favorite Decor Piece: A Belgian Sideboard
Rustic oak Belgian antique cupboard in European country styled living room by Hello Lovely Studio
Favorite Decor Piece: A Belgian Sideboard
Rustic oak Belgian antique cupboard in European country styled living room by Hello Lovely Studio
Favorite Decor Piece: A Belgian Sideboard
Rustic oak Belgian antique cupboard in European country styled living room by Hello Lovely Studio
Favorite Decor Piece: A Belgian Sideboard
Rustic oak Belgian antique cupboard in European country styled living room by Hello Lovely Studio
Favorite Decor Piece: A Belgian Sideboard
Rustic oak Belgian antique cupboard in European country styled living room by Hello Lovely Studio
Favorite Decor Piece: A Belgian Sideboard
Rustic oak Belgian antique cupboard in European country styled living room by Hello Lovely Studio
Favorite Decor Piece: A Belgian Sideboard
Rustic oak Belgian antique cupboard in European country styled living room by Hello Lovely Studio
Favorite Decor Piece: A Belgian Sideboard
Rustic oak Belgian antique cupboard in European country styled living room by Hello Lovely Studio
Favorite Decor Piece: A Belgian Sideboard
Rustic oak Belgian antique cupboard in European country styled living room by Hello Lovely Studio
Favorite Decor Piece: A Belgian Sideboard

Your turn.

Have a favorite decor piece in your home…

an antique, a family heirloom, a masterpiece

created by your child, or a special clock?

I’m all ears.

Rustic oak Belgian antique cupboard in European country styled living room by Hello Lovely Studio

I’m so thankful for reminders
to get still when work life gets truly busy

and to notice everyday light and beauty

right under my nose.

See more glimpses of our home
right here and here.

I independently selected products in this post—if you buy from one of my links, I may earn a commission.

Peace to you right where you are.

-michele

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2 Comments

  1. August 24, 2017 / 2:16 pm

    It's timeless and just a little distressed which makes it perfect! I love your painting with it too! Have a happy Thursday ?

    • August 24, 2017 / 4:40 pm

      Thanks so much, Holly. 🙂

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Linen Napkin Set
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