I wanted you to see into my little world of late-night decorating and what I am famous for - my excursions into "in-home" shopping. We all do it every now and then, borrow from this room to re-do another room. After I put my grandson to bed last night, a whirlwind of activity began - quietly, of course. :-) This is what I managed to pull together, from scratch, after some in-home shopping.
This is my breakfast room, in transit, I should say. This kitchen remodel project has been ongoing since September. Can you say "procrastination" boys and girls? It really wasn't so much about procrastination as it was not having a clear vision of where I wanted to go with the accessorizing. When I had my family over for Christmas dinner, I temporarily placed the large centerpiece from my formal Dining Room table on my breakfast table. This centerpiece is a large pink and white Staffordshire soup tureen my husband bought for me at an Amsterdam flea market for our anniversary. It is filled with all sorts of silks and greenery, my favorite being red peonies. It had been sitting there for a day or so when I walked in, and it suddenly hit me how beautiful that pink and white tureen was, juxtaposed against the black painted table and my new Saison de Printemps panels. In that split second, I knew what direction I wanted my breakfast area and overall kitchen design to go.
(it was one of those "ah-hah!" moments, for sure.
I have quite a collection of pink and white, but most of it was displayed in my two matching French cabinets in my formal Dining Room. It was time to do a little "in-home" shopping. I managed to borrow just a few pieces to fill in the kitchen hutch, but not allow the china cabinets to look "nekkid." Lordy knows, there is nothing worse than a nekkid china cabinet, is there? :-)
My kitchen hutch needs a little tweaking, and I need to purchase a few more pieces to fill in some holes here and there, but all and all - after consulting with a friend about what it needed - I am pretty happy with the results. I love that I was able to use my white ironstone that we inherited from my husband's parents. It's a perfect compliment to the pink and white.
I picked up this hutch on Craig's List a few months back. After the New Year, I plan on painting it matte black to match my kitchen table and chairs. I plan on keeping the little, white porcelain knobs. This piece is stamped on the back with Ethan Allen 1969.
I still have to decorate the top of the hutch. I have a French bread basket and I will be making some faux baguettes to fill it with, plus some sheathes of wheat.
This is a close-up shot... I have a square plate that will be going in front of the large white platter, if I can ever find it. :-)
I love my new white rooster pitcher - Marshall's - $12. Also, of note - you can see my tea bag holders shaped like teapots. These were purchased in a little shop in
France and still have the 45 FR price tag on back.
The silver and crystal salt and pepper cellar is part of my collection.
These are my two favorite salt and pepper cellars from my collection. The crystal one has a removable cellar which slides off the stand. Not sure why. The miniature one was made to be placed at an individual place setting. I tried and tried to find more of these while I was living in Europe, to no avail. Can you imagine how sweet a table you could set with these at each place setting?
I also have a collection of porcelain name card holders. I know, I know - you are starting to ask what DON'T I collect. I'm telling you - I was like a mad, rabid opossum when I was living in Europe. At the time, everything was dirt cheap and my friends and I would hit those week-end flea markets like women on a mission from God. If you could only see my basement and garage. An antique dealer would have a field day!
The small basket place card holder above is one of a set of eight, and I love them. I use these at Easter, filled with miniature flowers or Easter candies. The small, silver tiered stand holds some non-edible goodies. Faux tarts and tartlettes guaranteed to be fat free!
Happy "In Home" Shopping....Barb