Two and one half years ago, when we moved to the farm, I filled the pantry bookcases with cookbooks and pottery.
My friend Allison helped me tweak--usually she'd say, "Take off one more thing!" And she was always right. I loved the bookcases. But then I got a wild hair. I decided to put the cookbooks in the bedroom (for night time reading and dreaming) so I could make a little dish pantry for the Ironstone. How lovely to just reach for plates! My former kitchen had open shelving, and I loved it.
Halfway through the project, I'd made the biggest mess, and I wished I'd never started. Dr. Gollum was starting to freak out.
Bit by bit, I moved the Ironstone. I needed two more shelves, but this is it. I had to make it work.
Here are the chargers on the bottom shelf.
And serving pieces...all white...well, some of them...and a dear egg cup that Susan gave me.
Stacked plates and an "Antiqua" pottery bowl.
Two shelves...I'm still trying to decide if I want to hang the cups from little hooks.
I couldn't resist this little vignette.
Hand me an apple, babe.
Little pitchers hold old spoons.
This is just one reason I love Ironstone--the details on this covered dish.
The upper shelf with vases and the bird tureen. The cookie jar will be moved (and used with a future tablescape); but I was too pooped to fuss with it. :-)
A new "wee" egg that Dr. Gollum brought me last week.
The soup bowls and salad plates, with the "Black Toast & Marmalade" plates in the background.
A bunny and platters--can't have too many white platters, I keep telling Dr. G.
A mix of old and new...and the kitty creamer.
Finished...for now. :-) Open shelves are always evolving, and that makes them delicious fun.
For more "Before and After" projects, please visit Susan at Between Naps on the Porch's Metamorphosis Monday.