Thursday, March 7, 2013

Kitchen Contentment 2!

 I am sorry it has taken me so long to get back to the kitchen so to speak.  Only in the blog world though because it feels like I have physically been in  it a lot lately!  My daughter and her husband were in for a visit from Illinois and we had several family dinners here.  She and her sister also took a girls week end getaway to New York so we were babysitting as well.  All the kind of things that make this mother happy! (But tired too!)
 Mike and I have taken on another do it yourself project  of enclosing the small back porch of our dinning room. And we started this endeavor on the very same week! (Crazy aren't we?)

  I am going to try to share more ways that I have made our love of antiques and collectables function better in our home.  (I say try, as I have already posted one blog today and somehow me or blogger did not save it properly and I lost it! ugh)
 Although the eat end side of the kitchen is not full of clever ideals of storage an organization it works to hide all the things that I need today to prepare meals but maintain the colonial/prim decor that I so love.

I love this old walnut 2 board farm table.  It has one drawer and part of its original blue paint. The splits and old nails do not bother Mike and me a bit, we eat here most often when it is only the two of us.  My son teases that you have to find the perfect spot for your plate not to rock, but the splits are handy to hold your steak knife! lol

The walnut corner cabinet is the newest addition to our home.  It is from upper East Tennessee and stayed in the same family until the dealer we got it from acquired it.  When all the doors are closed (like in the picture with the table)  the kitchen appears uncluttered and tidy. 
 It holds or hides ( depending on how you want to look at it) another obsession of mine....dishes!   Another inherited trait from my Non Non!  I will share more about this love another visit.  One door open on the corner cabinet gives a peak at my transfer ware if I want to see it on any given day with out over whelming the eyes with all of them open.

 The pine one door piece was once a built in from New England and is home to most of my small appliances.  The walnut church pew is where everyone sits and visits with me during meal preps.  I love that!  Although the bench has changed through out the years, I have always had one in my kitchen.

 The pine cupboard will be moved to the new room when it is finished but will maintain its same purpose.
It holds almost all of my small appliances as well as mixing bowls.  I put simple cup hooks on the back of the door to hold all of the measuring tools.  Keeping them handy with the mixers and bowls.
This stack of firkins hides all of the kitchen decor such as fake fruits that I am not using at the time.  Easily found when I want to change what is on the table.
Although all of my butter molds and treen ware is out in plain sight grouped together on the shelf makes it look good to me.  The shelf over the window holds my copper kettle collection in the same fashion.

Lastly, I will share Mollies cabinet.  I rarely neaten it as I get a "warm fuzzy" seeing it as she left it!  My Dad built all of his gran-daughters one. (They all still have them.)  Mike patterned one from it and built one for our house.  I cannot begin to tell you how many cups of tea and coffee she has prepared for us here!

 Thanks so much for coming!!  I hope you have enjoyed your visit to my kitchen and that you drew a bit of inspiration from my sharing how living with antiques keeps my heart in  our home.   Be it ever so humble there truly is no place else like it!


  1. Love all you kitchen ideas, Deb!

  2. Good post Deb and the kitchen looks so good. It is the "meeting place" of 4 generations quite often.

  3. So enjoy seeing all of your pictures of that lovely home. Keep them coming! Thanks, Dawn

  4. I love your kitchen and that new corner cupboard is truly wonderful!

  5. Deb~ I always enjoy your posts and LOVE my tours of your home. What took you so long to start one?LOL! I can't wait to see your finished project! Have a great week!