Monday, August 27, 2012

Off The Shelf

In 2002, we began remodeling our little house.

Our contractor put in a window seat and added a shelf across the length of one wall in the dining room.

I put my collection of pitchers along the shelf.

It is now 2012, and I still have the same pitchers decorating the shelf.

I have added and removed pitchers, but I guess a decade is long enough for a display.

On Sunday, I removed every piece on display in the dining room.

My original plan was to put some of my wire baskets on the shelf after seeing a fun shelf in Romantic Prairie Style, but I decided to start with some plates.

I knew I wanted to keep the red, yellow and blue color scheme.

With the shelf much less crowded, I moved on to my metal rack.

I only had red and yellow on the rack and decided to move to red, yellow and blue to reflect the colors in the window seat cushion.

I brought in some of my collection of hands and moved some books from my green table.

I noticed that I am using a lot more white in my displays since I made white slipcovers for the sofa and chair in the living room.

After the rack was done, I moved on to the entry.

Now my pitchers are in view instead of up high.

 I painted the star pitcher just after we moved to the beach.

The blue spatterware pitchers are both antiques from my mother.

I still had all the different red and yellow dishes that had been on the metal rack to deal with.

I moved them into the kitchen where they will actually be put to use.

My work ended with placing a favorite pitcher on the dining room table.

When we travel, I like to buy something that will always remind me of the vacation.

I bought the pitcher several years ago in Taos when Steve was taking an art workshop.

I'm glad I moved it down off the shelf, because I rarely looked at it on the shelf.

The remainder of the day was spent cycling through the harbor and reading in the garden.

I finished my weekend relaxed and ready for work.

And, I have the entire week to get my plans together for a closet redo.


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Cozy Little House - Tweak It Tuesday

Sunny Simple Sunday


Chenille Cottage said...

How I love your choice of cheery bright color! You have struck my fancy with your delightful decor!
Have a happy week, my friend,

Debby said...

I like how you added the splashes of color. Like those red shelves. I have a little bit of red.....not sure the real name.......of Annie Soan Chalk Paint. Makes me want to paint a shelf, hah. My friend and I share oour chalk paint. Keeps the cost down and we get to try more colors.

Gail @ Faithfulness Farm said...

LOVE all the moving about you did and your use of color in your space -- would love to have a shelf up high like yours.


Down by the sea said...

I love moving things around a home every few months to refresh my surroundings at little cost. Some changes can make such a difference. I love your pitcher on the dining table and your red and yellow displays.
Sarah x

chateau chic said...

Moving our stuff around is so therapeutic! It can give a whole new feel to a room and highlight different pieces. Your home always looks so charming and the change up is fresh and pretty.
Mary Alice

Jann Olson said...

I love it! Everything is so cheery! I have some of those dotty dishes and they are among my favs. Your entire collection is wonderful and you displayed them beautifully. I have a link party, Share your Cup Thursday. I would love for you to share this week.

kathee said...

YOU GO GIRL....I love it all!!! xoxok

AngiLovesBlue said...

So nice things and beautiful colours.
Wish you a wonderful day

Manuela@A Cultivated Nest said...

I always love the way you use color in your home!

karen@somewhatquirky said...

I'm like you - I will leave something in the same place for years on end. Only blogging has made me think to move things - but even that I do very slowly. You have such a wonderful home. That pitcher you got in Taos is beautiful. We generally try to buy art on vacations - for the same reason you do.