Saturday, August 13, 2011

My Farmhouse Cupboard

What is more quintessentially "country" than a rustic painted cupboard filled with simple white ironstone, blue and white quilts, and fresh sunflowers?

Until a few days ago, this antique open-shelf cupboard was in my bedroom, laden down with books and magazines. 

It worked great, but the colorful jumble of reading material wasn't doing this gorgeous farmhouse antique any favors.

Ahhhh... much better!

I was thrilled when I realized that I could move it to the livingroom. In a small home with lots of furniture, I don't get to rearrange big pieces that often (things are where they are because that's where they fit!), so a full-fledged furniture switcheroo makes me giddy with excitement. This old cupboard nestled so perfectly underneath my wall shelf full of ironstone, and the blue interior works beautifully with the rest of the living and dining room color scheme.

As a side effect, there's now a bit of extra room to display more ironstone... Oh, darn!

The antique blue and white quilt was one of the things I bought at the Vintage and Artisan Market last Saturday. You'd think maybe since I am learning to make quilts myself that I would be less inclined to buy them... but nope, it's just the opposite!

I have a new appreciation for the work that goes into making one of these babies, and I notice them when I'm out antiquing now more than ever. I love the tattered edges, puckered stitching (all done by hand), and traditional patterns of these early quilts. And at just $35, I couldn't pass this one up.

The fresh sunflowers are locally grown by The Green Horse Co., and were an end-of-the-market-day gift from Annette, the lovely sunflower lady of Lincoln, who was just as sweet and sunny as her flowers.

They add the perfect cheerful summer touch to my farmhouse cupboard.

Have a happy weekend!


  1. Of course I zeroed right in on that gorgeous quilt! You did a fantastic job on display here.

  2. Ellie, That seems like a very reasonable price on that quilt! Since I ♥ blue and white and white ironstone, you can imagine how difficult it is for me to quick gawking and write this comment!!!

  3. I love the cupboard, and everything you have placed in it! Sunflowers are a favorite of mine. Have a great week-end.

  4. Fabulous display. I love the quilts and the ironstone and of course sunflowers. Hugs, Marty

  5. I have also recently moved cupboards from one room to another. Isn't it just too much fun when it all works out?! Love the blue and white quilt....always my favorite combination. And, of course, great it.
    Have a blessed weekend,

  6. It is perfect, Ellie! And so lovely with your ironstone!! YUM!!

    Have a wonderful Sunday!

  7. What a great cupboard and your vignette is perfect ~ the quilt is fantastic ;-)

  8. Love the cabinet redo and those sunflowers are so beautiful, I thought they were fake :)

  9. The cupboard is gorgeous and so is the beautiful antique quilt. Simple two colour quilts are so timeless and elegant.


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