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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

The Olde English Cupboard


I don't change my sideboard all that often. My hutch is more of a display for special collections, while the kitchen shelves and other cupboards are for regular use. So the hutch gets a revamp only when I want a different look. Usually for a change of season.




I've been doing some spring cleaning already. The weather has something to do with it, I'm sure. Scurrying back and forth, sorting and dusting, I feel like a character out of a Beatrix Potter tale. Or Mole at Mole's End with his brooms and dusters.




I've also taken a page or two from Edith Holden as my inspiration. In her Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady of 1906-- another year with an odd winter--, she relates how " the mild winter has brought out the Hazel catkins, wonderfully early. . . ."





Her wonderful watercolors of nature bring the outside in from the cold. I was surprised to see dead leaves rendered on her January pages, thinking that it's more of a fall thing, but that's exactly what's still outside my own window in piles on the ground.




I've been wanting to gather my brown transferware together. Arranging my English cupboard is a bit like doing a puzzle without a picture for a guide. It's all trial and error, fitting bits and pieces here and there. Thinking I need this color here, and that shape there, until it all comes together. And of course there's only so much you can include.





I have fresh shelf trim. The eyelet was given to me by my friend Ann Baird. The rest is a jumble of finds, some recent, some older, and all vintage.




A few things stayed put, like my famous prize cow butter dish. I guess I'm not tired of looking at it yet. . . .








Who would want a life without handles and spouts? . . .









































































































One down. . . . so many to go. But spring is still a long way off! Not that I EVER finish cleaning.Thanks so much for stopping by. I recieved many truly wonderful e-mails and comments in recent days, and I'm still catching up. What day is it anyway?? (Just kidding. . .  haha. . . . . sorta.)

My best to you, my friends,
Jacqueline




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57 comments:

PinkGranny said...

Your cupboard looks wonderful. I love transferware and I have a copy of the Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady too. It is a treasured gift my husband gave me one Christmas long ago. The delicate watercolors are so very special. I can see by your display that you take loving care for your dishes!

Thank you for the glimpse into your wonderful home.

AntiqueChase said...

Everything is so pretty... I love the brown transferware and you have a great collection!

jeanetteann said...

I have just finished redoing my blue and white hutch,but after seeing your gorgeous pics and china,I want to go do it again. Your vignettes are always wonderful.I love seeing what you do. xx jeanetteann

Sizzle and Zoom said...

Charming, beautiful post! I love the close-ups.

Liz said...

You have so many beautiful things - it looks lovely. I especially like the shelf edging - very pretty.
Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

awal.ny said...

You always have such pretty whites. I love the brown transferware.

Carol said...

What a beautiful collection you have! I love your cow butter dish!

Smiles,
Carol

Susan (My Place to Yours) said...

"Who would want a life without handles and spouts?" NOT I! What a beautiful cupboard transformation this week, Jacqueline. Funny you mentioned the dead Winter leaves... I used some in my tablescape this week after walking in the woods and realizing that they DON'T just "say" Fall... I'm so glad you're enjoying this new phase of life -- and sharing it with us!

Joyce - Quilted Nest said...

Looks like you had fun! And... it looks great.

Deb said...

I always want to reach in and touch your dishes; hold them up to the eye and feel their edges. That little tea-cup is one I look forward to seeing in your posts. I am crazy for the covered dishes and the brown transfer-ware is so beautiful. I'm going back to look at it all again. ;-) Deb

Betty Sneeringer said...

You must really enjoy "playing" with all your dishes and linens and you certainly have the gift of artfully displaying them. I have a copy of the same book you featured and for years displayed it open to the current month.
Betty

Dar said...

You have warmed my day with your whimsy and strength portrayed through your wonderful pieces~~~loving the brown transferware, watercolors and eyelet. We think alike, now, if only I had some room for just one more shelf;)
BlessYourHeart

Olive Cooper said...

Your handles and spouts and brown swishes are a wonderful start to my day.

Curtains in My Tree said...

I have been admiring your gorgeous brown & white dishes and my favorite which I have seen it before is your Cow Butter dish , love it
also I seen butter pats tucked in a small sugar bowl I do believe.
It is all so pretty

I can't deciede if I want all my blue & white dishes out or my brown & white transferware displayed, guess I need another cabinet

we are having snow this beautiful winter day

you mentioned Beatrice Potter , I love all her books and need book 2 in her little series

Jen said...

So pretty and subtle. Agree with you about handles and spouts. You and Urban Cottage Steve are making me want to collect brown and white transferware.

Marlis said...

your revamp is lovely. I love the edging on the shelves. The antique birds are perfect in the midst of the beautiful pieces. STunning actually. xo marlis

Anonymous said...

Your arrangement is lovely. Everything came together wonderfully. I love the silver/crystal teapot - is it a salt shaker? I've never seen one like it.
Margie in CA

Susie said...

Love your linens, dishes and I am crazy for the cow/butter dish. I just noticed the little teapot with a wheat shaft on it. I bought a pot like it at the goodwill last summer. It didn't have a lid....but hey it was only 2 dollars. Smiles, Susie (She Junks)

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

Just to help you out, it is Thursday, I think!
Your brown and white is just stunning together and I love the doilies hanging over the edges!

Susy said...

Well done, and such a delight to the eye. I'm inspired to find time to re-do (and get rid of).

Pamela Gordon said...

I love your English cupboard and you have so many pretties to display in it. Beautiful! So, you are 'retired'? Do enjoy your free time! Have a great day. Hugs, Pamela

Heidi Meyer said...

I adore your heavenly collections! The softness of the watercolor and serene grouping of items is beautiful! Have a great week ~ Heidi

An Urban Cottage said...

Your blog is beautiful!

On Crooked Creek said...

Jacqueline,
I adore your brown and white transfere ware, dear friend! The pitcher with the roses nearly made me swoon! Each detail is just gorgeous...from the linens, to the ironstone, transfere ware, prints...even the rusty key! You inspire me to begin my Seasonal re~arranging a bit earlier, dear!
Fondly,
Pat

Nancy said...

Beautiful collection of browns and creams. Love how you arranged everything. Your posts are always a joy to see.
Nancy @ Two Cottages and Tea

Tricia said...

Oh, this looks beautiful! What a nice collection. I love the muted tones and I really like that butter container...crock...I'm not sure what to call it :)

pink*cherub*moon said...

HI! I thought I'd come over and see your blog as well - beautiful! I love your china arrangements on your hutch shelves - so pretty! I'll be around reading more! Hugs,Leena

Honey at 2805 said...

Your have such beautiful treasures to arrange and display. This is so charming!

Thank you for linking this lovely and creative post to Potpourri Friday!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

This looks great, Jacqueline! I love brown and white pieces {as well as white pieces} and they look great mixed in here. Great illustration ~ it really fits in well.

Sarah said...

Jacqueline, I'm savoring each image here and thinking what a fun idea to do a post on handles and spouts. I may be a copy cat for some future post. Might add in finials too. No can't imagine life without them.
I'm curious about that sweet little crystal/silver teapot. Can you share any information? I have two silver ones about that size, but haven't seen the crystal/silver combo. I adore that little piece!
Such beautiful things at Cabin & Cottage. ~ Sarah

Sue said...

I love all your beautiful brown and white transferware, especially that precious cow butter dish. Each photo was filled with such yumminess!
~ Sue

Ana Beth Lima said...

Mesmo tão longe pude visitar sua casa tão charmosa e delicada . sua louça é muito linda. um grande abraço, Ana Beth

Janette - The2Seasons said...

First of all, I love the little water color and cards tucked into your dishes. Then I want to complement you because this blog took a lot of time to put together, and you did a great job. I love your dishes. They have such character. I am going to pin one photo.

kathleen said...

I just left a comment -- don't know if it went thru....

Is the eyelet trim in the cupboard for sale? I do love it!

thanks,

Anne said...

Many pretty things! I love the transferware platter, is that Songbird? Its all lovely together!

Carolyn said...

You have lots of beautiful china and all so artfully displayed.I don't recall seeing a teapot with the wheat pattern before-love it!

Carolyn

Betty Sneeringer said...

Thank you so much for your visit to my blog, for joining and the kind comment.

Betty

Cottage and Broome said...

Your brown transfer ware is beautiful. The brown has become one for my new favorites. You are right the cleaning is never done, Laura

Olga said...

Hi Jacqueline,
As always I enjoyed looking at your beautiful china, linens, and lace. Your hutch has this cozy and inviting feeling to it. I love it!

Cihan said...

cok guzellerrrrrrrrrrrrrrr
beatifulllllllllll
cihandan sevgiler

Beth Bailey Alyssabeths said...

I'm always drawn to your photos and style! Woderful inspirations for my own home.
Beth

Pat's Pink Apron said...

Looks so very pretty and warm. A beautiful display to look at reminds me of spring! Pat

Laurel Leaf Cottage said...

Beautiful...I love all the creamy white goodness, a look I admire, but can't pull off, I always revert back to color and lot's of it!!! I'm following you now! Have a fantastic Friday! ~Deanna

Haworth said...

Your cupboard looks lovely! The brown transferware is especially fitting for these winter days. I, too, love Edith Holden's diary entries and water colors. One year I followed her diary by reading the entries on the corresponding days and months they'd been written. It was a lovely exercise and kept me close to the earth and nature all that year.

Terry said...

Outstanding collection. Some of those lovelies would be perfect for my home.

camp and cottage living said...

I just picked up Edith Holden's dairy at the libray yesterday and posted it today. Pamela Gorden told me to check out your site.
I was so surpried! Your display is so..beautiful. I don't have all your gorgeous dishes, but it has given me some ideas for use of my
new book.
what a small world it is with bloggers!

Cassie said...

Your post was just what I needed to see today! Pure eye candy...I love absolutely everything in your hutch...beautiful! I even pinned a few pics!

Sherry said...

It is so gorgeous! I love your transferware and you photographed it so well! Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home!
Sherry

special 'k' said...

Oh My! Its So beautiful! My first visit to your amazing space here. Thank you so much for sharing. I know I am going to enjoy looking around and returning often. I look forward to engaging throughtout twenty twelve. Cheers SpecialK XoXo

Blooming Rose Musings said...

Absolutely lovely. Each image is delightful. A beautiful display.

Amber Lyon Ferguson said...

I just love it!

Amber @ junkaholicsunanimous.blogspot.com

Linda said...

Hi Jacqueline,

Oh, how I love this post, as I do all of them! These dishware vignettes are a 'work of heart'. I am in love with all of your tasteful pieces. What a talent for display and photography you have! Have wonderful week ahead...

Linda at Beautiful Ideas

{Bellamere Cottage} said...

Yummmmmmmm.,.... so delish! LOVE it... I use vintage linens hanging over the edge of shelves too... doesn't it just add that little extra sumthin'-sumthin'???

Happy New Year...

Spencer

Mrs. Flescher said...

Just lovely! I love your "prize cow" I have a cream cow, whom I never put away. She is always watching from a window seal, table or ledge. As a matter of fact, she will be teatured in my tablescape this Thursday, I hope you will stop by to meet her and my little white bird. http://fabulously-homemade.com/
Thank you for your beautiful photos; they made me an instant follower!

EllenaElizabeth said...

Love it all but especially the unusual round butter dish with white cow handle. Thanks for posting.

A Paris Flea said...

Your blog speaks to my heart! This cupboard of linens and ironstone and brown transfer ware is divine and inspiring. I too have the same book by Edith Holden, the fluer de lis brown transfer ware cup and saucer is similar to mine, and the butter pot with the cow handle...over the moon. And below I see Sybil, Mary and Edith form Downton Abbey...my all time favorite Masterpiece series. Thank you...I shall visit often.

JES the Pilgrim said...

So beautiful and dreamy! I love how you included the Edith Holden art in the scene... now you have me thinking how I can use my book!

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