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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Make It Pretty Monday

Cozy Little House - Tweak It Tuesday

Sunny Simple Sunday


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

  2. 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.

  3. 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.


  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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.

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

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

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

  10. 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.