Monday, October 24, 2011

Apples and Old Lace

No Arsenic today…
Just sweet memories for this old lady.

(Remember that old movie "Arsenic And Old Lace" starring Cary Grant?)

Today I wanted to share my the kitchen nook in my new desert home. Even though we have been here almost a year, I have yet to really “decorate” it. This is the first time showing my kitchen because I am kind of embarrassed that it is not yet a completed project… if there is such a thing in home decorating.

That lace doily on the cake stand was my mother’s. I have two smaller ones that match. They were on the “hard rock maple" colonial furniture that I grew up with.

When I started my first home in 1970 I was NOT going to have that “yucky old stuff” in my home! NO WAY… it was all black leather (pleather), chrome and glass.  I wanted my “own style”…  even though it looked like everyone else’s. Lol.

Then “country” hit big in the mid 80’s. I was hooked on this “new” style. Silly me. I found that I actually felt more comfortable in a country style home. Warmer colors and comfy textures and patterns. PATTERNS! Wow…I was the queen of multiple patterns in one room. Talk about visual overload… did you use lots of patterns back then?

This is the little hutch (one of two) that I once had as a display piece in the Texas gift shop where I leased space and sold my decor items. That was four years ago.

Red Apple Kitchen 024
The Susan Winget dishes are from almost twenty years ago. I should get newer ones but I am sentimental. My Children and grandchildren ate on these dishes before we we “all” grew up and moved on. If I do get newer ones these will for sure get safely packed away. Does that make me a hoarder?

Those valances have traveled to five homes so far. I just put them up for this photo shoot. Took two sets and layered them. They stayed in the box for the six years that we lived in Texas. They don’t know it yet, but they are just temporary. See where I put one set in the back of the hutch? (You can see it better in the previous picture) I put it there because that hutch didn’t have any wood backing in that spot.

Yes, country is still very much still alive in my kitchen. Now that the “new  farmhouse country” has become popular, maybe I can just update it somewhat. Stay tuned to see the "New Country Farmhouse" kitchen makeover.

That chandy is something I got when working at Ethan Allen. I won’t ever part with it. Maybe just paint the wood off white… when I get around to doing my kitchen update.

You can see that I definitely need to add some depth to the room. Maybe wainscoting or board and plank details. I really, REALLY want to put in a nice deep cushioned 4-6 inch (sofa) banquette!  I would then put a few shelves on the length of the wall for my dish display. I have SO many stuffed away… Where do you hide all your dishes?

I thank you for sticking around to hear me relive my decorating past. Actually I am still living in that past… lol. One day I will get it all updated.  Hopefully.

This week I am sharing at these wonderful parties:

Show Off Your Cottage Monday @ The House In the Roses 

Table Top Tuesday @ A Stroll Thru Life

FarmHouse Friday @ LaurieAnna's

Home Sweet Home @ The Charm Of Home

I want to thank all the lovely hostesses 
for making it possible for me to share my blog.

xoxo Bunny Jean


Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Love your reds -- yes I think most of us can relate to the multiple styles.

Marigene said...

I like how you have dressed your hutch...nothing wrong in being sentimental.
You asked where I hide my dishes...anywhere there is an empty spot. I have 3 hutches, industrial strength shelving, cupboards, counters, under furniture, you name it and there is probably a box of dishes there!
Have a great week, Bunny Jeans.


I love your hutch Bunny Jean it's lovely the way you did it and I like it red too. I just adore hutches open like that, mine all have doors. I'm sorry my sweet friend, I think it's old age or my grandgirls that were here for a week with us...I mean, how can I forget to link to one of my fav parties ever! Thanks for the invite for Wednesday, I gladly will!
Have a wonderful week.

Shabby chic Sandy said...

It looks very charming--thanks for sharing it!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Love your dining area. So pretty and I still like country. I so appreciate the dishes that the children grew up on. I still use ours too and it amazes me that all of them and even the grandchildren think the dishes represent "home". Perfect. Thanks for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

Bella Vista said...

Bunny, love your pretty pictures. They are so inviting.

I was a professional Interior Designer for many years and I always advised clients to decorate with what they love. Don't worry about style or current trends. Live with what you love!

Hugs, Barb

Carol said...

Loving the cake stand and how you have decorated it. The reds look great!
Just figured out why I am short on storage's all the dishes!

Laurel said...

Love your sentimental treasures...thanks for sharing. And no, nothing is ever "finished" ;) Chat soon, Laurel

xinex said...

I like your kitchen, Bunny. I like the hutch. The whole area looks very warm and inviting, I would definitely enjoy having coffee there...Christine

Joy Burkhart said...

Hey Bunny,
Love your kitchen area - red's my favorite color. Nothing wrong with being sentimental! Such sweet plates and memories to go with them - nothing wrong at all!

Kerin said...

I love your kitchen! And that hutch is to swoon over :)
Sometimes, I think we women are always nesting... it's in our nature. I am now following you... so I get to see all your cute posts!
And I love that you layered the curtain toppers... so cute.
Have a beautiful day !
p.s Our daughter received a kidney from my hubby and her daddy.
So we have the transplant thing in common. Isn't it a miracle what medical science can do?

Poppy said...

I'm a sucker for lace doilies and yours look so dainty and delicate on the white cake stand with the apple. Thanks for reliving your decorating past with us... it was so much fun going through the splashes of reds and blues throughout your pretty kitchen. Love the chairs covered in red,looks so elegant and the Ethan Allen chandy fits beautifully with the entire decor. Thanks for hosting the party for us each week. Beautiful features this week.Hugs~Poppy

Southwest Cottage Designs said...

Oh, I love country {must be the Texas in me:)}, and you have everything looking so pretty - love all the photos!

Liz said...

I love your little nook. Bead board would be a darling addition. Very cute.


Sherry said...

Thank you for linking up with Home Sweet Home!

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