The Mahogany Sideboard I Found on Facebook Marketplace

This post is a long time coming because I’ve had this mahogany sideboard for over a year now — but I’ve always taken a slow and steady approach to decorating my apartment, and it took me a bit to collect the items I wanted to use to style it.

When I first moved into this apartment nearly four (!) years ago, I quickly mounted a television and found the perfect vintage Dixie Aloha dresser to use as a buffet underneath it. But the wall space next to this stood bare for a long time. Eventually, I added a rattan bookshelf, which then left one final spot on the wall to fill. I went back and forth on what I wanted in the space — originally considering a marble mantle, but ultimately deciding it wouldn’t fit the vibe of my apartment. (My friend Sarah has one and I love how it looks in her space — but my apartment has more of a coastal feel, and I just didn’t think it would fit.)

I then realized I was gravitating towards a lot of darker wood pieces, and was lacking anything of the sorts in my apartment. So, I started searching around on Facebook Marketplace — and soon thereafter found a beautiful Mahogany Sideboard made by the Hickory Chair Company for $150 (!) and it was the perfect dimensions for the space I had to fill, so I knew it was meant to be. (I found the one I have on Chairish here — but, as you’ll note, it’s ten times more expensive than the one I snagged, so I recommend searching your local resale groups to find a better deal!)

I love how the sideboard looks in my apartment — it completes the space just as I envisioned it would. I also love the practicality it brings with additional storage — I keep candles, serving ware, seasonal decor, and all sorts of random home goods inside. While I’ve currently styled it to serve as a bar cart of sorts, I think it’s an extremely versatile piece of furniture I can use for a long time, in many iterations and future homes. I’ve seen others style their sideboards as entryway tables or use them as a place to serve food when entertaining.

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Life Lately

Life lately posts have inadvertently become a quarterly thing around here this year, but after a whirlwind spring filled with travel to Jackson Hole and 30A, and kicking off summer in Ocean City, Maryland, I am planning to be home most of the summer and trying to better prioritize my creative pursuits. The past couple of years, I’ve had a harder time motivating myself to work on these ventures after work, and then I spend a lot of my weekends catching up with family and friends — as it should be! — so I spend less time on them than I did in a former life. But, I have a lot of ideas of things I want to do or write about or share, so I am trying to carve out more time to dedicate to these passions because they really do help fill my cup!

While I am planning to be home most of the summer, I do have a few weekend trips I am looking forward to — next month, I am going to New York to spend the weekend with one of my best friend’s, Emma, and then the following weekend, will be heading to North Carolina to celebrate my grandma’s 95th birthday (!). And to cap off the summer, my family is doing a week at Ocean Isle Beach in August — I am already thinking about what books I am going to bring. I can’t believe we are nearly halfway through the year — time is flying and I need it to slow down soon.

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Memorial Day Weekend in Ocean City, Maryland

Last weekend, my sister, Jennifer, and I spent the unofficial kickoff to summer, Memorial Day Weekend, in Ocean City, Maryland and had the best time. I wanted to share a short recap of our trip — much of what we did was the same as back in 2022, when we also found ourselves in OCMD for MDW, but we did try some new-to-us places we ended up loving so wanted to share!

Before our trip, I grabbed the gingham skort I’m wearing in the picture above at Old Navy and I am loving it for summer! It comes in several different colors and patterns, and runs true to size. I just paired it with a simple white tank I got at Target and these neutral slide sandals, also from Target!

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