Say hello to our retro sideboard. It’s been wanting to meet the internet for a long time now.
It lines one end of our main living area, next to our ‘bar’ – ‘bar’ being in air quotes because it’s actually just a glorified storage space for our everyday essentials like the big vacuum cleaner and the small vacuum cleaner. It’s also Rick’s ‘locker room’ because there’s a narrow bookcase in there which I
make ask Rick to put his bags in.
But I digress.
This sideboard was an eBay find when we moved into our home last year. It has a smooth teak finish and rusty, golden knobs which I just adore. It’s actually a very ‘mid-century modern’ sideboard, though you wouldn’t be able to tell from the way I’ve unskilfully cropped the image.
The fan (see below) was also from eBay, and it actually works. So don’t go sticking your fingers in there when you come to visit. I just love the colour of the fan base – it’s the perfect shade of pastel blue if you ask me. In my humble opinion, retro fans are just awesome. They look far better than the modern ones that line the aisles of your local appliance store. And they’re not expensive to acquire either – which is the biggest bonus when you’ve just spent hard-earned cash shipping a sideboard up from Melbourne. Oh, didn’t I mention that?
Rick chose the radio as his father’s day gift last year. He told me he liked its vintage look, which is ironic seeing as it’s a digital radio. I love its rounded edges and also how it perfectly completes the space on the sideboard. Sometimes when I’m home with the boys by myself, I like to have the radio on to remind me that there are other people out there and that I’m not alone in the world making bottles and changing nappies (think ‘I am legend’).
The thing that looks like a dinosaur egg was an engagement present from a dear high school friend. You’re meant to put a candle inside it to create a polka dot pattern on the walls though somehow I’ve never managed to do that. The egg went into storage during our two years at Newtown but I brought it back out last year, believing it to be the perfect complement to the IKEA Stranne lamp – which, incidentally, is the best fake designer lamp you will ever find for about $50. It is seriously groovy. (There’s that outdated word again – someone please give me a better vocabulary.)
Anyway, introductions aside, if you wish to get to know my sideboard better, feel free to follow it on Twitter at @ronniesretrosideboard.
(Just kidding, I have boundaries you know.).
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