Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Living Room Shelf

After moving my ironstone cupboard across the room to the dining area, I had a blank wall underneath this shelf to decorate. The pegs gave me a place to hang up some of my linens, both new and vintage, and a small chippy white bench underneath is a perfect height for display. This shelf combines so many of my favorite things... white, rustic wood, natural linen, ironstone, simple stripes, and primitive antiques.

It's also a pretty nice mix of old and new. An old grey weathered wood bucket sits next to a not-so-old recipe box painted in a grey-blue color. An antique linen jacket and wood hanger share peg space with a new linen apron and tea towel, and one of my hand-stitched kitchen towels with my own initials in blue. A shelf full of antique white ironstone gets a touch of garden green from a pair of (faux) topiaries. Even the shelf itself was a thrift store find that I painted and glazed to look nice and worn.

Love this wood bucket... It has such a great patina, with traces of black paint on the outside and a touch of rusty red on the interior.

The wood hanger is from an old dry cleaners shop, Sam Wexlers in Hot Springs, Arkansas. I found it, along with the child sized linen jacket at an estate sale in Pennsylvania, and brought it with me to Nebraska. Quite a travel history for this little hanger.

I like the touch of black that this dark tin antique candle mold adds to the predominately white and light grey vignette.

A mismatched pair of rustic wood cobbler's shoe forms (his and hers) hangs from twine on one of the pegs.

Ironstone plates and platters with embossed patterns mix with simple pitchers, a footed bowl, and an old pudding mold.

A tarnished silver spoon plate stand from Anthropologie holds a large ironstone platter in the center of the shelf.

An antique pudding mold with a corn design adds lots of texture to the ironstone display.


  1. Love it!!! Absolutely love it!

  2. This is just the cutest. Love it all. Hugs, Marty

  3. Simply GORGEOUS! The pictures are amazing.

  4. I love your mix of things hung there.

  5. You have a lovely collection of pieces that look so good on your painted shelf. Love it!

  6. Looking over your display is pure enjoyment! Beautifully done!

  7. I look at your blog and think "I am too busy to fuss around like she does" and then I look at your blog and I think "I AM GOING TO MAKE TIME TO FUSS AROUND LIKE SHE DOES!" because it is beautiful and it makes me happy.

  8. Neat collection. I like the bucket too

  9. First time visitor to your blog---- like the pix and seeing some of my favorite things.

  10. hello : i love your home. it's verry nice. bravo !!!


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