Join me as I embrace and share American country style by reclaiming the past...my family's past. Come along as I make my house a home on a $0 budget with reclaimed, repurposed, recycled and found treasures all out of my grandparents' old house, local junk shops and my parents' attic. And since we have to eat too, I'll sprinkle in some gardening, country recipes, and a whole lot of southern hospitality.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Shelf styling, snow and photographers

One thing I do not regret is taking out a hanging cabinet in the kitchen when we made the wormy chestnut countertops. 

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This is a small house so I have really enjoyed a little extra space to decorate with different things. This summer, I wanted my pink Pyrex, 1956 pink Melmac cups, the Hazel Atlas "Pink Crinoline" dishes, and the Mirro-matic "I Love Lucy" coffee pot displayed.


For fall, I changed it all up and used vintage McCoy and Hull "Brown Drip" as well as vintage needlepoints and lunchroom sign from my parent's elementary school.


Of course at Christmas, I got out the J & G Meakin "Romantic England," the Johnson Brothers "Old Britain Castles" and some of my vintage silver.


Since Christmas, I wanted to try something different, yet again, and opted for vintage white McCoy pieces, Pfaltzgraf "Heritage," a vintage Bavarian coffee pot and the Minton "Avignon" bone china from 1964. Even though everything here is at least 40 years old or older, I think the color combination has a modern look. The Louis Rowell original is from 1916, and the painted photo of my great grandmother, from 1921. The white pitcher was a $5 flea market find and was missing it's bowl. 


Since Anne Gridley and Gary Graves are coming Saturday to photograph our home, I have been in panic mode. We also have a major winter storm hitting the mountains today, so I'm hoping we keep power as my house currently looks like this:


Wouldn't you be in a panic also?? I did finish painting all the baseboards grey as we could not get the wormy chestnut installed. Our miter saw is not big enough to cut boards that wide, so that project will  have to wait. I still have to finish a section of chestnut countertop, really I'm not kidding, and make a bench cover for my piano bench. Oh...and I have to clean the house. Panic. 

Outside looks like this from the "dusting" we got yesterday:


Everybody stay safe:-)


I'll be joining:



21 comments:

  1. I love your various displays you did on the shelves. I just learned about these photographers today from another blog. Do you know what magazine you will be featured in? Did you make the shelves that you are displaying on? Good luck on the shoot!

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    1. Hi Mary, thank you! Yes I did make them out of an old board I found here. Although, I might replace the boards with a more rustic and thicker board just to see how it looks.

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  2. How exciting for you to be in a photo shoot with your beautiful home! I love those shelves and the way you change them for the seasons. I kept thinking of where I could possibly copycat that in my own kitchen or house as I was scrolling through your pictures.

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  3. Every one of your seasonal displays on your kitchen shelves is stunning! So nice to have a great spot to display your various collections.
    Mary Alice

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  4. Oh Anita. How exciting! I hope the power stayed on for you and you got all you wanted done, done. Beautiful vignettes on the shelves.
    Stay warm..

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  5. There's nothing better than shelves to play with. Yours are beautiful.

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  6. That looks like more than a dusting to me. Hope the weather cooperates for your photo shoot and it all comes together. I can only imagine - I would be in a panic too. Your shelves look lovely.
    Cindy

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  7. your home is beautiful.....and it will be in the pictures also. Stay warm and have fun during your photo shoot!

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  8. I love all the different ways you styled your shelves Anita! So exciting your house is being photographed. It certainly is magazine worthy!

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  9. I love all of your vignettes. Stay warm...enough snow already. I would love for you to come and link this up to my Winter Blues Wednesday party going on right now. Hope to see you there. http://diybydesign.blogspot.com

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  10. Bless your heart, I sure hope your power stays on! Each redo of your shelves was prettier than the last -- all very special. Hope you can enjoy the photo shoot!

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  11. Your shelves are wonderful and fun for each season. Congratulations of the photo shoot.

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  12. Dusting? Oops!

    I know you're in panic mode, so I'll keep it short and sweet: GOOD LUCK and have fun with it!!! And thanks for keepin' it real with what your house is looking like right now. It's always fun to see that I'm not the only one who unleashes the white tornado when preparing for guests!

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  13. That ironstone pitcher is making me drool! Love it!

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  14. I hope everything goes smoothly. You have a beautiful home, so no doubt the photo shoot will be amazing.

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  15. You got this!!! How exciting for you.... Your home SHOULD be in a magazine or two...or three.... LOLOL... It's soooo lovely.. and so are those pics of the "dusting" !!!! Thank you for sharing Anita.. and praying with you that you continue to have power!!

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  16. I hope the storm is over so that your photo shoot can be done as scheduled...your home is gorgeous and I am sure it will be a such a treat for them to photograph!...your collections are fantastic!

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  17. I just love seeing your different ways of styling those shelves Anita!! And I'm praying that the photo shoot will go off as planned. SOOOOOO thrilled for you about it my friend!
    Vanessa

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  18. The photo shoot is so exciting! Where will it be featured???

    I love how you change out your shelves. Each setting is unique and different.

    - Alma, the Tablescaper

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  19. Anita, I just enjoy your blog SO SO MUCH! Love your decor and how you put it all together....all the amazing HISTORY THERE! Yours is one of the first I read always.........just nice gentle pretty blog to visit!

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