Anybody else here quote How I Met Your Mother like ya mean it?
But, um… Literally! Legen (wait for it) dary!
Um, I do. HIMYM speak has joined my repertoire of Elf, Dumb & Dumber, and many others that round out the 90% of things I say that aren’t original. I’m a strong believer in not reinventing the wheel. So, I don’t. 😉
Anyhoo, my lovely post title is actually in response to the awesome new/old piece of furniture that we’re lucky enough to call ours. Joey’s parents have had this amazing antique lawyer’s cabinet in their home for a while now. And every time I visited their house, I drooled. It was just so neat. Dapper. With character. Not something you see in every household. Like, if the cabinet was a person, he’d be dressed in a turn-of-the-century tuxedo with top hat, saying things like “by the by” and “fortnight”. Ya know, all that “olden times” speak that I have to look up every few words. Totally. He’s one smooth dude. So, imagine my excitement when Mac (my mother-n-law), sent me an email asking if I wanted the cabinet as she’d found a replacement for it. Yeah, I was pretty excited.
After figuring out where it would go in our house, I happily said yes, and before I knew it, this lovely beast was in our home. More specifically, in our foyer…
I just love it. It’s old and has been painted a few times. And that paint is chipping in some places. But, I really actually like it that way. The old, chipping paint adds character and charm. So, it’s staying. Decor-wise, I wanted to add some modern elements to balance out the more traditional lines…
My DIY pop-art from our previous home’s mudroom ended up working perfectly with the cabinet. Then, I simply added my green painted baskets for storage, a few inexpensive galvanized buckets, a photo, some books, and called it a day.
I love how the cabinet fits the space perfectly without crowding it.
I can’t wait to see this guy in action once our new front door is installed (and that boob light is nothing but a faint memory). The contrast of traditional vintage with sleek modern will be even more apparent once that stuff is complete. All with my round jute rug to warm it up and add some coziness. In my opinion, that contrast in style (ie: modern vs. vintage) really makes the other stand out in its own right. (You can see more about my opinion on vintage vs. modern here.)
In any case, I’m loving the direction that the foyer is taking thanks to this awesome piece of furniture. And so is Joey. When I showed him the space as it is now, he couldn’t stop talking about how much he liked it. Total win! So, thanks Mac! You’ve made my day (and our foyer!).