In addition to its anti-aging properties (as Shannon suggested) could strawberry rhubarb compote also bring good furniture-hunting juju? For the very day after I posted about it, I found a buffet! It’s from a French cabinetmaker called Grange, and has two drawers (essential for storing matches and napkins), and plenty of room for dishes below. Unlike the photo, it will be a single color, sort of a distressed pearly gray.
Now that the buffet has been found, I’m on the hunt for a bar cart. The one pictured above is from Grange’s Ermitage collection (with a price also befitting of a royal Russian collection of objets d’art, alas). But wouldn’t it be spectacular in a clear shade of robin’s egg blue?