Thursday, September 30, 2010

Simple Vintage


Like many of you, my vintage inspiration comes from my favorite decorating books. There are the volumes you choose for entertainment. Others, for pure fantasy (like you could ever have anything even CLOSE to what you're seeing on the page). And then there are the books that inspire you to creativity and action. Josephine Ryan's book, Essentially French, and Simple Home, by Mark and Sally Bailey, are among those in the latter category for me.


I would never choose only ONE style. But I find that my tastes constantly evolve, and so do my collections.  For the time being, what I want to look at needs to be beautiful, and simpler. Like a blank canvas, I need to create what I want to see TODAY in the empty space.

A few months ago I took down my upper kitchen cabinets and have been thrilled with the result ever since. There will never be enough space in my kitchen, but I have resisted putting up anything to obscure the liberated wall space that just lets me BE in my designated cooking area.



I want as much vintage in the kitchen as is useful and practical because of its beauty and inherent value. I haven't simplified near enough yet. But with each passing day of effort my satisfaction, comfort, and enjoyment grows and grows. To see more of the original process, and my solution to storing what was in my cabinets see my earlier post here.





 Thanks so much for stopping by! Ciao! for now!

Jacqueline

I'm linking up to Common Ground for Vintage Inspiration Friday
Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday

 




18 comments:

Secret Garden Cottage said...

Your kitchen looks great without any upper cabinets... very European... love it! I love your collection of dishes on the counter, too. The brown and white dishes look beautiful with the simpler all white ironstone dishes. I just did a post sort of about decorating simply, too. I just prefer that style of decorating the most.
Have a good night,
~ Jo :)

Cheryl~ZanyMayd said...

Simply Perfect ~ Have a Lovely weekend...

Fabulously french said...

Two of my favourite words - "simple" and "vintage".

Leeann x

cindy @ cottage instincts said...

I soooo want to remove my upper cabs, but as we don't plan to stay in this home forever, I need to keep them as is.

I'm drooling over the brown transferware....you have a lovely kitchen space...just like in a magazine :)

Tammy said...

Love the simple decor! and those brown and white dishes...BLISS!
Now a follower! Found you through Debra's VIF!
Have a great one!
Tammy :-)

Petite Michelle Louise said...

that piece of transfer ware with the brown birds on it is just gorgeous!!!! sigh...sigh..sigh...

Entertaining Women said...

The brown and white transferware with the lovely cream ware pieces create a serene, beautiful vignette. Good job! Thank you for sharing your charming design. Cherry Kay

A Cottage Muse said...

You do vintage so well, simply and beautifully!! Have a wonderful weekend!

Sheilla ~ Style de Bohême said...

Simply beautiful! I love your kitchen....so calming and relaxing! And the photos are incredible! Intially, I thought the first image was one from the book! ~Sheilla

Debra@Common Ground said...

Ooooh you were brave, JQ. Taking down those cabinets must have been some work, but I love the result. really clean and love all the white! I'm so glad you linked up with VIF, sorry it took me so long to get here!
xo,
Debra

Nanniepannie said...

The space is very inviting, love all the texture. The brown and white is very soothing.

Thoughtfully blended hearts said...

Simplicity should be a style of its own!!! Beautiful!!! Love the birdies on that stoneware!!!

Scribbler said...

It looks great, but whatever did you do with all your stuff? I never have enough storage, and as much as I would like to set my kitchen on fire and start over, I would have no where to put my huge collection of dishes! The cookware already lives in the pantry -- so that's not an option,either. Please show us how you solved it.

Cabin and Cottage said...

Dear Scribbler: Here's a link to my original post where I show my storage solution.

http://getcottage.blogspot.com/2010/04/kitchen-whites.html

Heaven's Walk - said...

Absolutely LUV any kitchen w/out upper cabinets! Especially if you have a small kitchen, the extra "vision" space just opens up the area and lets light bounce all around. What is your little cabinet skirt made of and how did you mount it there? I think that's just adorable and would love to do that beneath my sink. Happy MM to you!

xoxo laurie

Cabin and Cottage said...

Dear Laurie @ Heaven's Walk: The curtain is an antique homespun linen towel folded exactly in half over a spring rod and pinned on at the corners to stay in place. I have a few mates to this one to change out when it needs washing.

Chrissy said...

WOW!!! Love it so much,your good!!!

Passionate for White said...

LOVE it all!!

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