Friday, November 17, 2017

The Thanksgiving Hutch

The holiday season often starts with a refresh of our dining room hutch. It tends to get loaded down over time because it can hold so much. That is both the up and the down side!
 So a tidying up tends to be more about what is taken off of it rather than much new added.

I knew I wanted an evergreen crown for it this year though. And so far I am sticking to a Thanksgiving theme for the most part until a little bit later.

Much of it should look familiar, since I tend to stick to the same things. I was happy to find that Tricia Foley has a big lidless tureen high up on a shelf in her kitchen similar the one I keep, so I am feeling validated. I could never manage to be as minimal as she is, but her recent book "Life/Style-Elegant Simplicity at Home" has been a huge inspiration for me. Her love of white has certainly been a big influence on me too.

This might be the most pared down version of the hutch I have ever done though. I wonder if you can see the difference? I have just a sampling represented from all the things I love to collect rather than trying to keep so many dishes in one place.

A few favorites like this little bunny tureen always seem to get pride of place. It will hold a bit of cranberry sauce.

The chickens get a feature this time, as do the pottery beakers from Guy Wolff Pottery up top. We will love toasting the season a time or two from them in an old timey way this year.

I love the sparkle of a bit of silver peeking out here and there too.

I thought I would do more transferware than this, but my white plates won out again. The new farm theme plates balance the terracotta beakers out nicely so they will get a turn to shine for awhile.

I have several more marmalade jars, but I find that using only a few really works better to keep the balance with so much variety. I really do try to keep things from looking too busy.

I wouldn't want to live without a dresser and hutch ever again! 

A fresh runner on the sideboard and we're good to go.

That ironstone piece at center is something I found at a fleamarket years ago, and appears to have fit on the top of a coffee pot, as it has a grid of holes on bottom. It has no other practical use for me than to look old fashioned and pretty.

The only thing new here is a big silver soup ladle I found last summer.

The candlesticks are actually pewter that got diverted on their way to the shop. I'm afraid that happens a lot!

Another favorite are these ironstone pudding bowls with faces on them that hardly turn up in markets for me. I have only a few, but they transport me to another time. 

Now I have to stow away all the stuff that didn't make the cut! (And it was a lot.) Getting the table ready is the next order of business! 

Busy weekend ahead!
 I hope it's a nice one for you!



  1. I always like your white, cream and natural decor for every season. Everything is gentle in peacefulness. I am returning to blogging, I hope you will visit.

  2. I love this color scheme so much. I love Tricia Foley and when ever I see a picture of decor that I really really like it is always something of hers! I have two copies of her "Natural Home" book if you would like a copy. I liked it so much I accidentally bought it twice! I would be happy to send you my spare.

  3. It looks gorgeous. Your hutch has always been a favorite of mine. I think it is because of this beauty that I finally bought my country cottage cupboard.

  4. This is by far, the prettiest white pottery display of the season. I love the wooden hutch. So happy that it was not painted. Seems everyone does white painted furniture with masses of white ironstone. Your displays are always well appointed and lovely.

  5. Love all your whites and the hutch that holds them.

  6. WONDERFUL collection beautifully displayed!Love your linens and embroideries too.Amazing!

  7. You remind me that it is time to again tackle the china cabinet and the hutch and prep them for the holidays. That china cabinet of mine suffers the same malady you do -- too much. Someday I'll figure out what to do, but I love it all.

    You also remind me it's silver cleaning time! The silver in your post looks so beautiful with the white. It's cozy and comfortable yet just formal enough to convey the beauty of the occasion. A wonderful display.

  8. Your hutch makes me smile. Oh so pretty. Happy Weekend.
    Have a great Thanksgiving.

  9. Always a pleasure...and I really appreciate your pointing out specific things. I have a similar penchant, although a slightly different design sense, and I think a lot of the time the tiniest details are what make my various vignettes fun and entertaining, oftentimes only to me! And, oh, the packing away of the things that "didn't make the cut." I can relate. However, I live in an apartment so must not only pack those up, but haul them down to my car, then drive them to a rental storage unit, then haul them out of the car and into the storage unit, which is getting stacked so high I have to use a step stool now to hoist the uppermost boxes to their perches. I'm 73 and I can tell you it "ain't getting any easier"!

  10. I love it all. The greenery with lights to the small dish with the bunny on top for cranberries. Love Tricia Foley, she was my introduction to afternoon tea many years ago. Her book is still my favorite.

  11. Your hutch does indeed look amazing. How odd that I never saw a dresser called a hutch except in your blog.... and yet all your other readers obviously know quite well what you means. English eh?

  12. So lovely! You have such a spectacular collection and you also have such a brilliant eye for display. The hutch is wonderful. Perfect!

  13. Your hutch is lovely with all your pretties! Love the laces and linens and those wonderful biscuit jars. Such a beautiful room to celebrate the holiday in! Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving. xx Karen

  14. I love your Hutch! They seem to be falling out of favor with the younger decorators but I will always love mine!! Yours is amazing! And giving me inspiration for the upcoming Season.

  15. Your hutch is a favorite of mine in blogland. It is always beautiful! Thanks for sharing and I hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving!


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