I've got basically this very buffet in my dining room. I think this is a good place to start the makeover (isn't a well-turned out bar always a good place to start?)
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It is a very nice thing, however, to send flowers for decoration
to a girl who is giving a party. I once knew a charming gentleman
with imagination enough to do that. He filled my apartment
with flowers the afternoon I was giving a large cocktail party
and sent along his Filipino butler, too, to help out.
~ Amy Vanderbilt's Complete Book of Etiquette, 1957