Sunday, March 25, 2012

FABBY: Antique Belgium Buffet

Hi sweet friends, how are ya!

I really was looking for a long buffet to store my treasures, as I wasn't very happy with the hutch I had before, as it was not to big and didn't store much and I still had my cellar filled with carton boxes where I stored my former Ceramic Co's. many dishes and lots of other things, like glassware, baskets, Pyrex molds etc. So, I went to the antique European Imports store looking for a buffet, which is the look I wanted for that part of our breakfast dining room and the antique kind are deep and long.  To make the story short, I took pics with my cel phone and showed it to sweet and generous hubby, who immediately liked it and so, the rest is history, as they say, lol...

 This is how I normally keep some of my stash, as I still don't have room to store them yet.

 More carton boxes with some dishes, baskets, on top of a closet filled with blankets and comforters.
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 The breakfast area filled with everything I took out, in the hope that it'll fit in the new big buffet.
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 More carton boxes and I did have a lot of work, it took me a couple of days and of course, the cleaning after!
 Some of the stuff that was in the old hutch.
 Here is the BEFORE, with the small hutch in the background. Not too much where to store anything, as you can see.

 And the AFTER.  This is a Belgium, antique, solid mahogany buffet...circa early 1940's. I'm totally in love with it!
 I placed most of my sterling heirlooms and few silver plated treasures, along with our Phillipe Stark, French modern designer's silver lamp, for a touch of a modern look to it. I also had the oil paintings re-framed so both of the paintings are the same size to fit in the squares that the back wall's frame-moldings, formed. Before, the wall was covered by the hutch, so I didn't bother thinking of paintings for this wall and so I had to figure it out soon, happily these two came up from "home" shopping, heheheee..
 Now our breakfast round alabaster table, made in Ecuador and vintage Dutch chairs are next to the NEW-antique Belgium buffet...

 I also decorated my Mil's antique Art Deco- English buffet, which was her father's from a big set of dining room furniture;.. along with the hand made mud Foo-dogs and my Mom's Japanese soup tureen and Limoges dinner plates in aqua. The artwork is from a famous artist from Ecuador and I also framed it recently, after 22 years ago that hubby gave me for my birthday... goodness me, lol!
 Look at the beautiful hand carving on the side of it and by the doors. I also love the feet and the two tier where I placed my small silver heirlooms.
 This pull-out shelf or serving tray, with marble top was a total surprise! no one showed us at the shop and smart hubby found it and pulled it out! This is typically of the antique pieces, or some reproductions they make now, but without the marble top.
 Here with a tea, or coffee serving for after dinner...or it could be for liquor serving as well.
 Onion blue and white teacups and Bareuther-Indischblau, Bavaria pitcher in blue and white. Many vintage heirloom silver too.

 I'm loving this 'pull-out shelf ' with marble top that hubby discovered! I've never seen it before, lol..
 Inside.......couldn't fit all I wanted either.. but there is much more than in the hutch, just the same.
 A few stemware and the dishes we are using for everyday, as of now.
 Some more flatware I had no storage for them before and now I can see them at least.

Well, this is it for now. My new changes by the breakfast room and I'm very happy how it all turned up. Hope you liked it as much as I do.
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SwedishCorner-DownUnder...Pernilla said...

Wow, that is one truly beautiful buffet!!

Hugs from your Swedish friend, not Swiss ;) I know, the whole world gets it wrong... lol

Have a lovely week!

Greetings from Australia♥

Elizabeth and Gary said...

Hi Fabby,
I love your mahogany buffet its beautiful and the size is perfect for your breakfast room. Your dishes are so pretty...such an amazing room, I am sure you will enjoy every moment in this room.
Have a wonderful day, Elizabeth

Anonymous said...

Hi, Fabby...I really enjoyed seeing your new Belguin buffet and reading the story behind it. What a beautiful piece of furniture and it looks like it holds more than your hutch did. It fits in so well with your dining table and chairs. And you have some gorgeous silverware to place on the top of it, along with the blue and white tea pot and tea cups. Isn't the pull out serving tray great!! I bet you were surprised when your husband discovered it!!
The prints you had framed look so nice and balance well over the buffet, while covering the place where the hutch was...I find them most interesting, as I do the one your hubby gave you 22 years ago!
The English buffet of your MIL's is nice, too. You need a lot of storage space to hold all of your wonderful china, stemware and serving pieces, yet you do not ever have a "cluttered" look so many would. I think you must be very neat and organized by nature!!
I am like that, too..I like to have
things in order around my house.
I am looking forward to seeing the changes you will be making to your lovely home, and know you are going to be enjoying the challenge
of decorating everything "just so", no matter how much work it is!
I wish you a happy week...
Hugs to you, my friend...Francy


Thank so much Francy for your kind words. Yeah, I'm very organized, my mother made sure I was, she was very strict! I can't stand clutter, I prefer to store than put things one on top of the other, lol..I'll show how beautiful the roosters fighting painting is in full some other time...but they look like their dancing, so no sweat! Have a great week too! Hugs,

Sarah said...

Fabby, I'm truly happy for you that you found this piece. I've been searching for some time for something to use for added storage. I'm tired of having to keep things on shelves in the attic. ;-) This is a beautiful piece. ~ Sarah

Marigene said...

What a truly gorgeous piece of furniture you have acquired, Fabby.


Oh Francy, I just realized you called my oil paintings, PRINTS!! The one with the girl with fruits and leaves hat like, is also from a famous Ecuadorian artist, called ARAUZ and the other from a not well known, but great lady artist from Cuenca, the town we lieve in. We don't have any prints as of yet. Enjoy your week.

Pamela Gordon said...

Fabby, your new buffet is so beautiful. It has a lot of space and I like the cutlery drawers and of course the secret slide out shelf! Your paintings are lovely and look nice above the buffet. I hope you have a nice week! Hugs, Pamela

My Cozy Casita said...

Ola Fabby, que bonito tu buffet so elegante todos tus cristales y tu bajillas son marabillosa, yo tube la oportunidad de comprar el mio cuando estube bibiendo en California ya que hay los Antique son mucho mas economicos que en Florida me encanta como se be de elgante tu comedor
felicidades y que lo difrutes junto con tu marabilloso esposo

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Wow Fabby what a beautiful piece of furniture! I LOVE the Buffet, and it is perfect for your china and glassware.

Jocelyn @

NanaDiana said...

OMGOODNESS! What an absolutely BEAUTIFUL buffet. One of the prettiest I have seen. I love it! I can't believe all that storage you have either. You have such an amazing collection of china and glass ware. I love the pull out shelf in it. When I designed our dining room I had two china cabinets built in on either side of it...and I put a silver ware drawer under the top part and about that a heavy glass shelf that will each hold up to 60 pounds. I have used them many times as servers.

Love that you finally got your picture framed after all these years!;>) xo Diana

chateau chic said...

Hi Fabby, That's an aboslutely beautiful buffet, and it has so much wonderful storage.
I'm a new follower and hope you'll stop by.
Mary Alice

Jojo said...

Fabby, The buffet is fabulous!

xinex said...

What a gorgeous buffet, Fabby! I love the carvings and love the feet too and that pull out server is awesome! Your hubby is really nice and spoils you, lol. Glad you are enjoying the grandkids' company too. Isn't that just wonderful? ...Christine

Shelia said...

Hi Fabby! Oh, lucky you! What a beautiful buffet you've found and so much space! I just love it! I love seeing all of your dishes and glassware all spread out on your gorgeous table! I always get inspired when I come to see you.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Karie's Chic Creations said...

What a gorgeous buffet. You will enjoy it I am sure. There just never seems to be enough room for "stuff". Beautiful. Karie

Yasmin Smith said...

Oh, Fabby...I apologize for using the term prints when in fact they are actual paintings..they are so very lovely, and being painted by artists from Equator makes them even more special....I don't blame you for correcting me...there is a world of difference in the two, isn't there??!! Your paintings certainly add appeal hung over your buffet and I know you will enjoy them!
Another hug, Francy

Linda Chapman said...

WOW!! You have so many pretty things!! Great storage piece - and beautiful! I want to come back and browse through these pics much to see!!

Ellen said...

Your buffet is to die for!!! You are going to have so much fun with it. You have so many beautiful treasures. I just love coming to your blog and seeing all your lovely things.

jeanetteann said...

Goodness,how beautiful is this? I love it and all your beautiful china and silver.
x jeanetteann

Johanna said...

Hi Fabby,
this buffet makes a beautiful addition to your room. It matches fantastic and has so much space to store things. Thank you for shwoing the changes. I can imagine how happy you are about it.
Best greetings, Johanna

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

What a gorgeous piece of furniture Fabby. I absolutely love it!

Elna said...

It's a lovely buffet you got and I think the decoration on it are great. The new lamp is lovely on the old buffet.


chubskulit said...

Gorgeous! I love your collection!

My Blue, have a great week ahead.

Diane said...

Oh Fabby - you have such an "international room". The new buffet is a gorgeous piece and the Phillipe Stark lamp is to die for! You are such a lucky girl to have such fabulous treasure - "drool"!!

SmilingSally said...

I love those blue dishes I spotted!
Happy Blue Monday, Fabby.

The Cottage Market {Andrea} ♥ said...

SIMPLY STUNNING!!!!!!! thank you for sharing! it is absolutely gorgeous! hugs...

Kim, USA said...

Oh wow so beautiful dishes you have. Love it!


Snap said...

Love the blue and white tea set. How in the world did you find room for all of your collections???!!!! Amazing! Happy Tea Day!

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Hello Fabby,
My, what a lovely buffet you have found yourself! It is very roomy and the secret marble shelf is a real bonus. Thank you for sharing this with us and have a lovely week.


Beth said...

Fabby, you have lots of beautiful things! Loved seeing your new buffet as well as your china and your silver and your table! Gorgeous!

Martha said...

I love your new buffet -- and of course, your blue and white dishes and your silver is to die for too!

LV said...

What a difference that made. You have a lovely home filled with lovely things.

Lavender Cottage said...

Hi Fabby
I'm in love with your new buffet myself. It is gorgeous!
You've set out some shiny silver and wow, 2 drawers.
Great addition to your home.

Angie said...

That is stunning!!! And girl, you sure have one heck of a serving collection!

Thanks so much for sharing it at Knick of Time Tuesday!


mississippi artist said...

What a lovely buffet! And it cerainly has a lot of storage inside.

podso said...

Fabby your buffet is a treasure found! I've been looking for a much smaller one but in all my search have never seen a piece such as you found! It looks so nice and I'm glad you can fit so much in!

Aledia said...

Oh Fabby!! I just love your buffet and I love the pull out drawer, perfect for a tea set!!

Enjoy your new piece and have a very blessed week!


Scribbler said...

This is an absolutely gorgeous piece -- where I live, it is very difficult to locate such things.

Looks like you now have a lot of storage, but as any of us dish-a-holics know, it will never be enough, will it?

Lisa @ Flour Me With Love said...

The buffet is beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing at Mix it up Monday Fabby :)

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Oh Fabby! What a treasure! It sounds just exactly like what you have been dreaming about! I am so happy for you! It is gorgeous and HUGE!
And I really have my eye on that beautiful English buffet! How lovely.
You have many many stunning things! I can see that you cherish all of them. Thanks for showing us your new Belguim buffet!

Amy said...

Wow!! Thanks so much for sharing at Shine on Fridays!

Entertaining Women said...

It was love at first sight when I found my antique French buffet, too. I know how thrilled your mustt be with your. beautiful new piece. So happy for you! Cherry Kay

Liz@A Dish Here, A Glass There said...

Oh Fabby it is a beautiful piece! I can tell by the construction of the drawers and the insides that it is a very very nice piece of furniture! I would say that you definitely made a great choice! I love the pull out, what a neat surprise! Your pictures you put up look great there and I love them! Kudos to hubby for jumping in and buying it! Smart man! :-)

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hi Fabby...

I just read your sweet note and wanted to come by to say hello and see how you are doing, dear friend! I do aplogize that I have been so slow to get by for a visit.

Wow...I'm sooo glad that I came by! I wouldn't have wanted to miss your new antique buffet! It's absolutely gorgeous and it looks fabulous in this room! It really looks pretty with your beautiful marble dining table! Hehe...I also had fun looking at all of your pretty dishes! Girl, you have soooo many! What fun!!! Certainly a "dish lover" me...dream come true! Sooo very happy for you, dear friend...that you found the perfect buffet! Thanks for sharing it with us! And...thank you for coming by for a visit! You always make my day, Sweetie!

Love ya,

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh my goodness, it is gorgeous. I love all the lovely carving and the serving drawer is wonderful. You have such pretty things and your silver is stunning on display on the top. I really like it all. Thanks so much for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

Karen said...

Absolutely gorgeous!! You picked the perfect buffet. I know a bit of your excitement. When we lived in Mexico I bought a huge hutch. Bringing it back to Texas and placing my china, along with my mother's, the crystal and a few special pieces was thrilling! I fell in love with my treasures all over again. So fun!!
Ladybug Creek

Bunny Jean said...

Hi Fabby!

That piece is just beautiful and looks to be in fantastic condition. I also looks wonderful in the room... such a classic piece.

What a sweet, generous and smart husband you have!

xoxo Bunny Jean

Phyllis@Around the House said...

what a great all the nooks and the drawers and the pull out table and the two tier top...soooo pretty

victoriantailor said...

Amazing buffet, and dishes, too pretty to put away!

Alycia Nichols said...

BEAUTIFUL hutch, Fabby! Wow! It holds a LOT, too!!! Your hubby is very sweet for saying yes so readily! I know it was a lot of work, but it sure paid off because now all your things are safely & conveniently stored in a fabulous piece of furniture!!!!!!!

Sherry said...

That is a gorgeous piece of furniture! Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home!

Cindy said...

Hi Fabby,
Your new antique piece is gorgeous. It fits that area so perfectly and is so beautiful and elegant with so much storage space. What a great choice.
Your room is so beautiful and I adore that alabaster table.
Hugs, Cindy

c. Joy said...

That's a beautiful (useful) piece of furniture. Enjoy.

Babs said...

Your antique buffet is the perfect piece and so gorgeous. How exciting to find the beautiful,and practical, marble serving section. Love the way you display your silver pieces on top, too.

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

That is a gorgeous buffet! The pull out drawer is simply wonderful. And I am drooling over all your beautiful silver pieces.

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Bernideen said...

We have a place here - Legend antiques that imports from Belgium and Holland - very similar lovely pieces! Yours is wonderful - enjoy! Thanks for linking with Friends Sharing Tea! said...

So beautiful, Fabby! Love the way you can pull the drawer out to have extra serving space!

A Cottage in the Clouds said...

Congratulations on finding such a gorgeous piece that is perfect for your beautiful room. It looks fabulous with the silver displayed on top. Love the secret pull-out shelf.

Joy said...

I love that buffet and so much storage too. Have a Happy Easter!

Ivy and Elephants said...

This is such a fabulous piece! It looks amazing there. Love the carving, but the pull out server is the best!!!
Thanks so much for sharing it with us!

Debbiedoo's said...

Hi Fabby! Thought I would pop over and say hello. Of course to see some beautiful eye candy that you always share. Love the buffet and the gorgeous dishes. Have a great weekend.

SavannahGranny said...

Fabby, I don't know how I missed this one. This buffet is absolutel to die for. I love it's size, bulk, carvings and color. It is such a beautiful piece but is so useful as well. I can just hear you now, as hubby pulled out that marble shelf. I bet they could hear you on the first floor.
I always love seeing your reticulated china. It is so elegant. I spotted those beautiful aqua banded plates in one of the first photos. I am glad you mentioned them.
I love it all. So glad you got extra storage. It would been worth it even if you didn't get extra storage.

Kelly @ Eclectically Vintage said...

Wow - this is one amazing buffet! And your china collection is fabulous!

So glad you joined our Cinch party.

Marlis said...

Fabby, this is truly a fabulous piece. I love the lines of it and the color.. it is just beautiful. What a find to find the pull out marble.. lucky you.. xo marlis

Kathleen said...

It is gorgeous, Fabby. What great storage too!

Cristina Garay said...

What a very pretty piece of furniture! I could also admire the beautiful moldings on the wall! love them!

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Hello Fabby,
Your buffet really is a splendid piece and it makes you feel so good to have a nice place to house your china and collectibles. Thanks for sharing with Tea Time today and enjoy your week.


Pamela Gordon said...

Hi Fabby. that is a beautiful new sideboard. You have some beautiful china and silverware and now a place to store it. Gorgeous! Hugs, Pamela