Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Cabinet love...


Hi!  Today I thought I would show you a little peek inside my favorite little glass cabinet.  This cabinet is a family piece from my husband's side of the family that I painted a creamy white on the inside a few years ago and just recently painted the outside of...I knew it would be perfect in our new family room.

Here's a quick look...

An old bucket full of hydrangeas and a few pops of color on top of the cabinet...



And some of my favorite things on the inside...





I often get asked questions about how to display items and what to choose to display...my answer for that is simple, decorate with what you love, not what's trendy...that way your home will be a reflection of you and your passions and will always seem warm and welcoming.  For me, vintage items are clearly a love, but the items I display will often have additional significance because of who may have given them to me or where I discovered them.

These 3 old laundry pins are something my father-in-law gave me a few years ago.  He always knew how much I liked "old things" and would run down to the basement when I was over and come back up with some vintage item he thought I might want.  These pins always make me smile and remember him, so I like to keep them where I can see them...









 

Have a wonderful week!!!



Tracey

75 comments:

Lori Katies Rose Cottage said...

Tracey ~
Those are wonderful things
and awesome pictures!!!
I love the story of your
sweet father in law ~
Aren't the little things in life
the most precious!!!

xoxo
Lori

Toves Sammensurium said...

Love your living room down under,and love your cupboard!In fact,I just love your style...elegant,cosy and even with an edge!!!!
So simple,but still full of history!
Keep up the good work:)))
tove,Norway:)

Laurie at Turner Farm said...

BEAUTIFUL! Your photos are fantastic

Yvonne - Frl.Klein said...

Dear Tracey,
You've decorated your cabinet so beautiful!
The old bottles are gorgeous! Such great things you can not find us here, unfortunately!
I think your decoration style as beautiful and am always pleased when I see new photos of you!
Have a wonderful week,
Big Hugs,
Yvonne

Sarah at myyellowhouse said...

Your cabinet is full of so many beautiful things! I love the clear french bottles and that you chose things with meaning...that's what makes our own homes so special. I always look forward to seeing the lovely changes you make in your home...
Have a beautiful day!

Jem said...

Your cabinet is lovely in itself but the contents are divine, I know exactly what you mean about choosing things you adore rather than what is popular. I love design and I find the trends in interiors as interesting as those in fashion but your home is your sanctuary and speaks so much about you that it should be a bubble in which you can completely express yourself :-)

Jem xXx

Claudia said...

Hello,

Your pictures are gorgeous and so are your keepsakes.
Thank you for sharing a have a wonderful week.
Claudia

Chrissy...The Apothecary Shop said...

Tracey you constantly take my breath away,even when I think you can not outdue yourself again....I would give up any and every decor book and magazine to gaze at your photos...love them! Shannon should be placing an order with you ...I told her that rug was a must have for her new house!!! x0x0

Kerri said...

Gorgeous photos! And I love that you have a little bit of family history too!

Leah C said...

Oh the pitchers and the bottles...be still my heart! Love, love them:) And aren't those laundry pins from your father-in-law the sweetest? Of course, it's their story that makes them so sweet:) I'm drooling over your photos, once again, Tracey;)

Morning T said...

Every detail is sumptuous! Now please show us the whole cabinet in one shot, would love to see it all together.
xo~
T

Gracie's Cottage said...

Love the laundry pins...isn't it fun how something so small can have a big place in our hearts?
Beautiful!

Jan

Jacqueline said...

Your cabinet is lovely Tracey, and full of things that mean so much to you. I totally agree that the things we place around us should mean something and reflect our personality, and you do that so well.
As usual, I love everything that you have in your cabinet. I love the bottles with the faded labels and the old bucket with my favourite, hydrangeas. It's all lovely. XXXX

Pattie said...

Just dreamy love the pictures, and the iron stone creamer my fav.

pattie

Anita said...

I am coveting your milk pitcher collection...just wonderful :) Good to see you Saturday but wish we could have visited more. As soon as you showed up, there was a crowd and I couldn't really visit. Hope you found lots of treasures.

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Secret Garden Cottage said...

I love seeing the fabulous things you collect, Tracey! My favorites are the white ironstone pitchers (of course:)), galvanized buckets, and vintage french bottles, but it's ALL wonderful!!! I would have loved to have seen a full view of your lovely cabinet... :))
Hope you have a wonderful week, Tracey!
xoxo,
Jo :)

Lynda said...

I love your style, Tracey! Your blog is such an inspiration!

Sweet Old Vintage said...

Tracey... Your pins remind me of my teens.. In the 50's we had wrap around skirts that we held shut with about three pins just like this... I had a red plaid one with fringe on closure.... Good old days....

Brayton Homestead Interiors said...

such lovely items, your decoratin is so soothing and rich! love the heirloom cabinet.

Karen

High Street Cottage said...

Gorgeous collectibles, Tracey. The laundry pins especially what a sweet sentimental story. I thought they might be old fashioned diaper pins. At least it's what I always thought those were. I have a special item, it was my Mom's I keep it where I can see it too, a tea pot I gave her when I was 17, I now have it, and keep it protected in my hutch, but visible to make me smile. So love visiting your blog, xoxo tami

Betty said...

Hi Tracey,

what a wonderful piece of family tradition. And your jugs are sooo amazing, a beautifull collection.

Thanks for your nice visit at my blog ;-)

nice regards from Betty

AIR KISS said...

So, so beautiful Tracey! Your vintage collections are so lovely. I love your bottles with the labels! And I love that you've done a triptych photo - so creative!! :)
Hugs,
Lara

Laurie said...

Beautiful! I love the story of the old laundry pins from your father-in-law. So sweet (:

Beatnheart said...

Dear Tracey,
Your blog is an inspriation. I love your photos and the way you put things together. Thank you.

Between You and Me said...

beautiful cabinet and beautiful things inside it....

your home is SO inspiring.

Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia said...

Stunning and beautiful!
You have a way with decorating and having them come to life with your beautiful pictures!
Thank you for letting us have a look inside your cabinet!
XO
Kristin

missshawna said...

Tracey,
It is all so beautiful! Even more so because of the sentimental value. I love your light and fresh style and your photos look like a beautiful book cover.
Thanks for sharing~

chickie said...

What a great piece of furniture to work with.it can be fun.Look how everything is put together.How often will you change it around ??
I hope you are keeping warm out there.I seen alot of pics out that way from my friend who lives out there in Dixon not that from you. Brrr cold ! Have a great week as well ..Chickie

White and Rust said...

The story behind those pins is so sweet! I love everything you collect, you are an inspiration to me!

I would like to see a full shot of the cabinet too! :)

Heidi

BonjourRomance said...

SO pretty Tracey. You are right about decorating with only those things you love - it makes all the difference in the world.
Bon journée,
Mimi

Lolo @ The Adventures of Stig and Lolo said...

Tracey....you could display garbage and make it look amazing!
I could honestly stare at photos of your home all day long - XOX

It's me said...

Lovely things in your cabinet !!!...i like them !!...lovely evening...love Ria...xxx...

ANETTESHUS.COM said...

Just LOVELY, Tracey!! Love the white ironstone pitchers:))

Have a nice day!

xo
ANETTE:)

Laura @ 52 FLEA said...

Wonderful photos of your favorite things! Would love to see the outside of your little cabinet. Your bottles look like the Belgium ones I bought in Florida in October...a crate full. Don't you just love those blues and greens? Take care, Laura :)

DustyLu said...

Love your collections and images! Stunning! Sweet story about the pins! Have a wonderful day! Lulu

Kiki aka Victoria said...

Wow..super gorgeous blog..you are wonderfully inspiring and creative..shine on..lovely to visit your magical world!
Victoria

Cathy said...

Love your blog, and all of your sweet goodies are just yummy! Thanks for sharing! Cathy aka GGJ

Greenmare said...

whenever I need a little calm down minute I come over to your blog, your pictures always make me happy! I love the bottles and the story behind the laundry pins.

Vlaďka said...

Hello Tracey,
I love your collection in your cabinet. The photos are perfect.
bye Vlaďka

Karena said...

Tracey, the best advice ever of course!! When you are surrounded withthings you love, it makes a home!

Spread the word...Come and enter my amazing giveaway from Splenderosa!

xoxo
karena
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flowers on my table said...

Tracey, how lovely you have beautiful things and a beautiful home,thanks for sharing them with us, Linda.

A Cottage Muse said...

My Mom always taught me to collect what I love and use what I collect.

Your photos are beautiful! Love what you have in the cabinet, especially those sweet pins!

Jeanine Burkhardt said...

So nice to chat with you on Saturday Tracey!!! ALL your photos are The BeST-Ever Eye Candy!!!
Jeanine, ChiPPy!-SHaBBy!

Susan said...

Hello Tracey,
Great displays and great advice! I love your ironstone pitchers and the gorgeous hydrangeas. Counting the days until 'Romantic Prairie' comes out...
Thanks for the inspiration,
Susan

Blondie's Journal said...

Your father in law sounds like such a sweet man...what special memories you must have. Love all of your pretty vintage bits and pieces!

XO,
Janie

Tricia @ Vintage No. 35 said...

I just love your pictures! Love the burlap! Once Spring hits here I am getting out the burlap.

Lili said...

The stories behind the special items in your home, like the laundry pins, are so touching to read. I can imagine how lovely it must be to inhale the scent of that lavender inside the cabinet, while taking in the sight of that awesome collection of ironsone pitchers. xo ~Lili

LuLu said...

Tracey, your treasures inside your cabinet are wonderful... i agree with you, if you only decorate with the items you love it all comes together!
wishing you a wonderful week,
xo,
LuLu

Kelly said...

Love your cabinet......

Sorta Fairytale Girl said...

how fun to peek in your cabinet...
it's just beautiful! what a sweet story about the pins and i love the bottles!!

Julie@beingRUBY said...

Beautiful Tracey
Some of my favourite things are just that.. things of no consequence.. but have some special meaning or special beauty for me...

Have a lovely week.. ciao xxx Julie

Cindy said...

Those are BEAUTIFUL photos! The one with the 3 vintage bottles with labels is le sigh gorgeous!
I would frame that one!

Cindy

Honeycomb Creative Co. said...

How lovely as always, Tracey. And the story about your father-in-law made me smile. He sounds like a sweet man. I love everything as always!
Blessings,
Courtney

Urban Farmgirl said...

Beautiful, Tracey! And as always your photograhy is *incredible*!

It was great to see you last weekend...

Mary

cityfarmer said...

the wonderful, magical cupboard ... full of charm and grace ... and a BUNCH of white ironstone ...
you're my kinda woman

Tracy is ... Loving Pretty Things said...

Trace. You constantly inspire me to refine my style - yours is so perfectly YOU - and so perfectly original - and makes my creative juices FLOW! ;)

You're fabulous.

Would love for you to enter a chance to win my giveaway on my blog .....

Hugs, friend!

xoxo

Heaven's Walk - said...

{SIGH}....I think I'm in "twine love", Tracey.

lol!

Why in the world have I been all gaga over twine lately? Then I see the beautiful aqua ones you have and my heart goes pitty-pat. :)

Your photos are awesome, as usual, friend! ♥

xoxo laurie

red ticking said...

dear tracey, you have lovely taste.... and i love your family room... so cozy...
you and i are white girls for sure! xx pam

Sweet Young Journey said...

Hi Tracey!

Your Father-in-law sounds like a sweet man. I love everything in your cabinet, it's all so pretty.

~cheryl

Hazelnut said...

Wow. Everything inside your cabinet is beautiful. I think I'm in love. :)

Deb - Pink Pig said...

old cabinets seem to come alive when we fill them with precious tokens. your looks fabulous.. thanks for sharing!

Sandy said...

Tracey,

The laundry pins make it 'home'.

THANKS for selling those French docs. I received mine in perfect condition. Can't believe I own a 200 year old page in gorgeous script. I'm going to end up with the entire French book with all the pages you keep inserting in your 'gifts'!


C’est un plaisir de venir sur ton blog !

Bisous,

Sandy @ My Shabby Streamside Studio
http://myshabbystreamsidestudio.blogspot.com/

lisaroyhandbags said...

Thanks for the tour - I love every.single.thing! Your photos are stunning too. :)

Alice W. said...

Absolutely gorgeous Tracey! And so right on about what to display. It is easy to get swept up in trends...but our homes should be a reflection of who we are and what we love. Adored the little tidbit about your father in law running to the basement to give you "old things" that is too adorable! My grandfather does the same for me and I consider them family heirlooms :)

Rhonda said...

Tracey, what a precious post this is. I can picture a father in law doing what yours did for you. That is real love.

Beautiful photos and this post made my day!

My home is full of what I love and my passions. All of my passions keep me going each and every day.
Your post reminded me of that. Thank you. Rhonda

www.alittlebitfrench.blogspot.com

Snippets/Sarah said...

The old vintage pins was so touching of your FIL. I love that and the image of them is precious. I am the same. Very sentimental to all of little things.

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Tracey,

I love your cabinet and displays of treasures around your home.
The tin bucket and hydrangeas are gorgeous.
You are the winner of my giveaway so if you could please email me your address I will get a little parcel in the mail to you.
Enjoy the rest of the week

Hugs
Carolyn

robyn from whimages said...

Tracey, such a sweet story about your FIL! I love it! I think you are so correct about surrounding yourself with things you love. Because YOU love them, they WILL go together. Thanks for stopping by my blog!

Rose Garden Romantic said...

It's all so pretty! I love the light green thread, the bucket of hydrangeas, the pitchers, the bottles....o.k., I guess I just love it all! :)
Michelle

Kristy said...

I love your antique labels on the bottles and bucket.

Ryan K said...

Wow, what a beautiful blog :)

paperbird said...

So beautiful Tracey. I am in love with your vintage pitchers- they are so very pretty. Your images always make me sigh- absolute beauty!

Privet and Holly said...

Such sage advice
and absolutely
right on the mark.
You've put into
words the reason
that some homes
feel, well, HOMIER
than others ~ the
collections and
displays really show
who the owner is.
LOVE these bottles
and your father in
law sounds like
a dear!
xx Suzanne

Rachel Noelle said...

I just realized I missed your post on your beautiful white cabinet!;) I LOVE your images Tracey~So stunning and beautiful!Im hoping one day I will be able to capture images like you!Hope you are having a great weekend~ Hugs,Rachel

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