It's taken me since the beginning of the year to find it. I was looking initially for something vintage glam but finding something like that on eBay where Hollywood Regency might as well NOT EXIST was proving fruitless. Yes, I found a few pieces on antique sites that would have worked perfectly in this space but they were always so far out of my budget that they could only be considered wistfully in that sort of blurry dreaminess you sometimes see in films.
And then, on a site I wasn't even considering (I was actually on there because I had a discount voucher and was looking for a handbag), I spied this beauty when I wasn't even really looking for it...
I admit, my heart raced just a little. I pulled out my trusty measuring tape (never really far away, to be fair) and measured it out on the wall. Perfect fit. The price? Within budget. It was glam shiny lacquer with brass/gold and nice handles, had space to store something beneath it (not sure what that's going to be yet mind you, I just knew I wanted room for that) and small drawers for storage (for all my various tablecloths and linen napkins). Bingo.
I also found this cute gold pineapple at the same time. I have been eyeing up vintage brass pineapples for a while but my god, they are expensive. So when I came across this one, I just had to get it. Cute, no?
Check out the detail of the pattern on the front... And the shiny goodness... yum yum!
I never was very satisfied with the styling on this console and I realised it was because there was simply too many things on it. So I changed a few pieces around, shopping the rest of the dining room and living room to create a new vignette. I'm pretty happy with the final result. (For now, of course, things never stay the same around here for too long...)
Wanna know where I got it? Sure you do. I got it from the Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen collection on Isme.com. I KNOW, RIGHT?! So you are probably shaking your head in disbelief because to be honest, I never would have even CONSIDERED that they might have my dream piece for under £200. Plus, I had a £20 voucher so I got it for £180. And let me just say, it's REALLY good quality - it's very very heavy (it took 2 of us to lift it into place). And no, this isn't a sponsored post - I just really like it. The pineapple is from the same collection for a mere £22 (it doesn't appear to be on the site any more, sorry).
The same design comes in a few different pieces as well (sideboard, end tables, coffee table), comes in both black and red (I'd love to see it in white!) and although I obviously wouldn't recommend the whole matchy-matchy vibe, individually I think they are rather special.
I also just thought I'd mention that they have this chest of drawers for a mere £299. It's hand-painted and is a gorgeous alternative for the inlay pieces you see selling for more than 4 times that much...
Yes, there is still a lot of ugly on there but there are a few gems on that site that I would consider good value - it may surprise you. It did me!
Anyway, back to my dining room, it's kind of hard to believe that back in January, I started this wall with a rough idea of what I wanted and in that time we've gone from this...
...to this... (why hello there colourful room)
So what do you think of the new console? Ever find what you were looking for in the unlikeliest of places? Are you as surprised as I am that Isme has some rather lovely things these days?
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