Monday, April 4, 2011

My favorite cupboard: Heart of the Home

I wanted to share my beloved barrister bookcase, which is full of keepsakes from the estates of my mother, grandmothers, and mother-in-law, as well as some of my own thrifting finds. The cabinet itself came from my grandparents' home, along with two others which now reside with my brother.

Along the top, a few notable treasures include a blue Depression glass banana bowl in the Moon & Stars pattern, a couple of favorite blue vases, and - yes, that IS a picture of a bird firing a cannon!

Also on the top shelf, a plastic urn I spray-painted filled with Goodwill flowers, and a "natural edge" pencil cup turned by my hubby on his lathe.

The first interior shelf houses my (very) few pieces of Royal Albert Old Country Roses...

a collection of bone china animals...

and a stack of thrifted (and Ebay) dinner and luncheon plates.

Most notable on the second shelf are a short stack of vintage table linens, and my most recent thrifted treasure: a Lefton rose chintz teapot (sans lid) for $1.99:

Finally on the bottom shelf, a few favorite figurines and other goodies.

Now here's my secret: I had to pull furniture away from the cabinet to take its picture, because it's really crowded in the ol' mom-cave these days. Here's how the corner usually looks -

More soon,


  1. I love all your treasures, thanks for sharing.

  2. Lots of nice things in your cupboard, old and new.

  3. Hi Janet! Oh, thank you for coming to my party and I love your bookcase! I have one just like it! Love seeing all of your sweet treasures too!
    Thank you again for coming to the party.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  4. It is so nice that you have a special cupboard that is filled with family treasures and things you love. So sweet!

  5. Hi, Janet, I'm Holly! "Mom cave" Love it! :) You have an awesome "cupboard" with so many heirlooms. You are lucky to have these things from the women of your life. I aslo spy some yummy looking linens on your chair! ♥

  6. Love that bookcase! You have so many beautiful treasures...thanks for sharing...Picket

  7. I love your cabinet! A few years ago I was looking for one like that. So pretty!

  8. Great stuff and cabinet. Isn't this fun, showing our cupboards and getting to see everyone else's. Thanks for coming by my place earlier.

  9. Wonderful bookcase and you have so many precious treasures!

    Susan and Bentley

  10. What a lovely bookcase. I know you treasure every keepsake in it. What a beautiful display, Janet!


  11. Janet, what a special corner! I love your barrister's bookcase and how you filled it with sentimental things you love. That made me smile.

    And believe me, I understand about not sharing what's in my kitchen cabinets as mine are crammed to capacity. LOL! I shared one in my DR instead. Didn't want to give people nightmares. ;-)


    Sheila :-)

  12. What a charming little nook. How nice to sit in that comfy chair and have so many sweet treasures to gaze upon.

  13. Thanks for dropping in. Good luck on the giveaway! Love your barrister case. Been looking for one myself, yours is a real beauty filled with many treasures!

  14. I love that you've used bookcases this way! The wood pieces brought back a happy daughter's father made me some pieces that were similar, a lifetime ago. When I saw your topless teapot, I immediately thought you should do a little padded fabric top with a pretty little brooch on it...


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