A Vintage Card Catalog in the Front Room

Well goooooooood morning and happy Monday you lovely people! Can we start by talking about how fast this summer is going? Seriously, this is already the last full week of July. How in the world did that happen? It’s craziness. This summer is seriously flying by and it definitely makes me a little sad to see how darn fast it’s going. And what’s even crazier is the fact that my sweet Ava Pearl is already two weeks old, which doesn’t even seem possible. I feel like we just brought her home from the hospital, then I blinked and we’re already two weeks into it. It’s truly been the fastest two weeks of my life, but it’s been so, so good. Baby girl is doing awesome and we’re all so smitten with that little peach. She’s definitely a keeper. And you know what else is awesome? The vintage card catalog I snagged last month at one of my favorite antique shops. You guys, this thing is so cool. I’ve been wanting a piece like this for a long time now, so I’m pretty darn excited to share it with you all today. It’s temporarily hanging out on our coffee table in the front room right now, but I just couldn’t wait any longer to share it with you all. Come seeeeeee!

A Vintage Card Catalog in the Front Room. Great farmhouse style and cottage decor. A Vintage Card Catalog in the Front Room. Great farmhouse style and cottage decor. A Vintage Card Catalog in the Front Room. Great farmhouse style and cottage decor. A Vintage Card Catalog in the Front Room. Great farmhouse style and cottage decor.

Isn’t she a beauty? When I bought this I actually had no idea where I was going to put it, but it was one of those pieces I just couldn’t walk away from–I had to bring it home. For now I styled it on the coffee table in our front room, but it won’t stay here for long. I’ve got a few fun ideas for this piece, I just haven’t decided what to do with it yet.

A Vintage Card Catalog in the Front Room. Great farmhouse style and cottage decor. A Vintage Card Catalog in the Front Room. Great farmhouse style and cottage decor.

Notice how the knobs are little wooden spools? How fun is that! I’m guessing the seller of this piece had to do a little DIY work to it and I actually love this idea. So creative.

A Vintage Card Catalog in the Front Room. Great farmhouse style and cottage decor.

A Vintage Card Catalog in the Front Room. Great farmhouse style and cottage decor. A Vintage Card Catalog in the Front Room. Great farmhouse style and cottage decor.

I’m still kicking around a few ideas for what I want to do with this baby, but I’ll be sure to share what I do when I figure it out. Or maybe I’ll just leave it here and call it good, I actually love it on the coffee table. Doesn’t it kinda look like it belongs here? I think so. Or maybe I’m just delusional from the lack of sleep happening right now. Either way, it’s a really fun piece to style and I’m so happy I brought it home. I feel like this is one of those things I’ll keep forever and then hand down to my kids one day. Hopefully at least one of them is obsessed with all things vintage like their mama!

Well that’s a wrap my friends. I love sharing my vintage finds with you guys and I hope you liked seeing a little peek at this vintage card catalog today. I’d love to hear what you think and let me know if you have any stellar ideas for it!

Goodies in the room:

Eleanor Settee

Beige Accent Chairs

Jute Rug

Gather Sign

Industrial Style French Rod

Quilted White Pillows

Gingham Pillows

Stripe Throw Blanket

Farmhouse Chalkboard


Side Table

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  1. Ellen wrote:

    Oh this is such a great piece!! If I had something similar I’d probably use it in my craft room to organize little odds and ends. The styling here is super cute; I’m excited to see what else you do with it!

    Posted 7.24.17 Reply
  2. Cheryl Sanders wrote:

    Very cute. I’d put some legs on it and set it up in your room. Best of luck!

    Posted 7.24.17 Reply
  3. I love It! Do get some rest!

    Posted 7.24.17 Reply
  4. I absolutely love the way you styled this! Such a great find!! I had a vintage card catalog that I sold in my antique booth. I could kick myself for not keeping it. Oh well, I’ll just have to be on the lookout for another. ???? So glad to hear that all is going well with your sweet little Ava Pearl. I just love that name so much!

    Posted 7.24.17 Reply
  5. Pam wrote:

    Oh my I love how you put all of that together……I have amazing pieces of antiques but find the clustering of items is what sets a piece off! Wowza what a beautiful look of all things vintage! Perfect!!! Thank you for sharing all your goodies and giving me great ideas to copy! HA!!

    Posted 7.24.17 Reply
  6. Mary wrote:

    Love the new card catalog! It would be perfect in a craft room (if you are lucky enough to have one….sigh…), or even in the kitchen for storing small things. Was it already painted when you bought it? Also love the Ava Pearl updates, glad to hear everything is going well!

    Posted 7.24.17 Reply
  7. Helen wrote:

    That is a fabulous piece! So many places that will work! Ava Pearl is the best name! Glad she’s doing well and hope you’re doing good toox (you may notice my email has changed….I’ve finally launched my blog…..if you have any time ???????? I’d love for you to take a look…after all, you know where I get my inspiration from! Thank you for all your advice!)

    Posted 7.24.17 Reply
  8. Margaret wrote:

    My envy knows no bounds! I’ve been on the lookout for a card catalog to no avail. I agree with the earlier poster who said to use it in a craft room. Love it!

    Posted 7.24.17 Reply
  9. Susan wrote:

    I would love to have this as a jewelry box, with things cubbies and catalogued and I love the idea of it having legs, or maybe atop my old wicker gone bad piano bench. Nice grab.

    Posted 7.24.17 Reply
  10. Suzi wrote:

    That looks amazing on your coffee table…I love it! What a great find! I’m so glad to hear your sweet baby girl is doing well! ????

    Posted 7.24.17 Reply
  11. Faith wrote:

    It’s a sweet piece for sure! What about on top of a dresser for BABY Ava Pearl to store little socks, shoes, Onies, hair bows, brush/comb, washcloths, tiny tops, rolled up pjs….then when her stuff is too big, repurpose it into a very organized junk drawer(s)…. that place where all things odd wind up…lol…pens, tools, sewing thread, screws and nails, nail polish/files, receipts, mail to be looked at later, scissors, tape, loose change, you know all that “stuff” that is necessary to keep but you throw in a drawer? Or am I the only one with a junk “basket”? That’s where I throw it…then I get it out and sort it and put things back in their real space, throw away other things….start again. Lol…pack rat I am. It’s a great piece!

    Posted 7.24.17 Reply
    • April wrote:

      I LOVE your idea to use it for little baby items! I’m gonna have to find one and use it in our nursery now!

      Posted 7.24.17 Reply
  12. Susan Hoglund wrote:

    What a great find! I, too, would use this nice little jewel in my craft room! I didn’t know it was called a card catalog. Use to file cards in the school library a very(!) long time ago! Love where you have it sitting in your beautiful room!

    Posted 7.24.17 Reply
  13. Brenda wrote:

    What is it about a piece that has little drawers? I’m always so attracted to little cubbies on tables, cupboards or shelves. I just love the card catalog and look forward to seeing where you decide to put it next. Enjoy your snuggles with that precious baby girl today 🙂

    Posted 7.24.17 Reply
  14. Teresa wrote:

    Loving this and wish I had one. Haven’t. And across anything like this where I am. If I am able to get my hands on a piece like this I’ll put legs on it and use it in my office space .. enjoy your little princess she is adorable

    Posted 7.24.17 Reply
  15. Lorri Rauscher wrote:

    Love it…great find…I like the idea of using it for your “little pearl” then repurposing for another room.Cause that is what we do best ..repurposing …LOL????

    Posted 7.24.17 Reply
  16. Sherri wrote:

    Love, Love it Sarah!!

    Posted 7.24.17 Reply
  17. Marilyn S. wrote:

    So cute. Love the idea of using it in the baby’s room, but I also think it would be great as a stand alone side table.

    Posted 7.24.17 Reply
  18. Jane wrote:

    This is so cool, Sarah! It looks good here but I can definitely see it working in so many ways in other rooms.

    I’ve been curious about your area rug yet when I click the link it brings me to a totally different rug from Pier 1. help!

    Posted 7.25.17 Reply

Hi, hello! Sarah Joy here. I'm a self-proclaimed home-body + lover of all things cozy. I'm sarcastic, overly caffeinated + usually at Target. This blog is my happy place, where I enjoy sharing fun things like home decor tips, affordable fashion, + life as a mama of three.