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!