As the name of my blog indicates, I spend a lot of time thinking about home. Of course, my Heavenly Home is the one that is eternal, so that’s where I need to lay up my treasures, and that’s the one I’m striving for. But in the meantime, I have been given this tiny piece of the here-and-now—this home on the edge of town, this family, this neighborhood—in which to serve Him. And, though this is in the earthly realm, I want the things that happen here to be investments in the Heavenly realm.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

A Country Living Sideboard

It was in 1982 that the December issue of Country Living arrived in our mailbox. As I did each month, I pored over the magazine, looking for house-y inspiration. We had lived in The Farmhouse for a year and a half, and we had a long way to go towards repairs and sprucing it up and making it pretty. A l-o-n-g way indeed. Kristin was two and Ryan was just a baby. We had little time and even less money. But we were making a home and we were always on the lookout for cheap affordable solutions. 

So on the cover of this issue, there was a fabulous sideboard! 

With a  closer look, we learned that the sideboard was designed by Adam Peck for Country Living and that we could order the plans! Ron could build it and we could have that sideboard!

We ordered the plans. Ron built it. I painted and finished it. And we have loved it all these many years!

Photo by my dear friend Frances, taken in 2013

2011 ~

2012 ~

Here is the sideboard last December. We didn't know it then, but it would be the last year that we would celebrate Christmas in The Farmhouse.

And now, here we are celebrating our first Christmas at Pineapple House!  This is the look of the sideboard this year, here in the new dining room.

Thirty-four years...and still in love with our Country Living sideboard!


  1. my heart swelled .. how beautiful is this sideboard
    and how wonderful your hubby built it and your family
    has treasured it all these years... i love how you placed
    decor just right, offering an old world feel and such warmth. ♥

  2. That is a classic and you've proved it for 34 years. Wonderful job on building it, Ron, nice and sturdy. Love the color and finish you added, Cheryl. Pewter is such a great choice to showcase on it. Happy Saturday to you!

  3. LOVE everything about this. The sideboard is beautiful, and the fact that Ron made it makes it all the more precious. Plus I just love pieces that hold memories and history. I really love the simple way you've decorated it every year for Christmas as well. Enjoy your week-end!

  4. It's a very elegant piece of furniture.

  5. Have you sent your story to the magazine?
    It really is a wonderful piece of furniture!
    I love the way you finished it - and it is decorated so appropriately. Just right...

  6. This is beautiful. I love the way it's decorated each year. A wonderful story. I agree with rebecca. You should send it in to the magazine.

  7. I love that your sweetie made this sideboard, Cheryl. What a talented pair you are! It looks so lovely with your pewter pieces all dressed for the holidays.
    I agree with the above statements. This would make a great story in Country Living. ♥

  8. Absolutely the lovelyest photos of your sideboard and homes. Prettier than any Country Living rooms :)

  9. I remember purchasing the occasional issue of Country Living in the 1980s and dreaming about living in a log home, then. Your side board, with its shaker legs is so attractive and indeed "country". The color shows off the pewter wonderfully. I spied an antique piece similar to your sideboard in an antique shop. It caught my eye, I can assure you. I'm so glad I slowed down enough today to read your delightful post. Happy Christmas.

  10. Beautiful, as always. Holiday greetings to you and your family. Blessings, Sharon D.

  11. It's perfect. My mom always subscribed to Country Living and I loved pouring over that magazine. I loved looking at the house plans especially.

    Ron is a gifted carpenter and you make a great team. I love how you decorate each season to fit with the time period you love.

  12. A beautiful piece of furniture that has served you and others well. I love the history and the story that goes with it! (and I love Country Living mag.) Hopefully it will be passed down through the generations to follow.

  13. What a wonderful, beautiful treasure built by your husband. A well-loved piece that graces your home with simple beauty. I love it.

    Country Living mag. has been a favorite of mine too. I no longer get it, but I do have a stack of 'old' copies. :-)

    Happy Christmas holidays ~ FlowerLady

  14. Ron is a talented furniture maker! That is one amazing piece. It looks to be the perfect size and style for your home/s! You have adorned it beautifully for the Christmas holidays...a gilding of the lily with all the pewter and shine of the candles. For such young'uns, you two were very smart to recognize the longevity of such a classic in both function and form...even the finish is inspired.

  15. Oh, I loved hearing about your beautiful sideboard and how it came to be! For you it was Country Living magazine; for me it was the original Victoria magazine. I'd pour over the pages looking for ideas and inspiration that would translate into my own life and home.

    BTW, I also had magazines boxes of the wonderful Country Living magazines too. I'm grateful for those wonderful old magazines.

    Wishing you a beautiful day and a joy-filled week ahead.

  16. I love your sideboard! How wonderful that y'all are do-it-yourself-ers, those things cost an arm and a leg, and more. It is a piece that will only improve with the years and is especially precious considering its origin. I'm happy to see it so comfy in your new dining room. Handyman and I are kind of dragging our feet getting things going this year. Could it be age? I'm afraid so. We have all kinds of ideas but have to keep stopping to rest or appply Blue Emu. :D A Blessed and Merry Christmas my friend. Isn't it exciting?

  17. I understand perfect why you are still in love with this beautiful piece of furniture. Not only is it totally gorgeous, but it was made by the hands of your hubby. I have admired it many times in your blog posts and thank you for sharing the history of it. You have decorated it so beautifully for Christmas...just perfect!

  18. Oh my goodness, Cheryl, that sideboard is a wonderful labor of love! And i love the cozy feeling i get just looking at the photos. Candles! Yes, I definitely need more candles. Beautiful!! xo

  19. That is one special piece of furniture!!! What a beauty and you have decorated it with such love and class!


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