Thursday, February 16, 2017

Oil Paintings In The Kitchen

Displaying vintage oil paintings in your kitchen is a nice way to add warmth and character to your decor.
I especially like still life paintings in my kitchen, like this painting of grapes sitting on the counter...

 ...and this little oil of a basket of cherries on the shelf with my white ironstone.

Looking online for more "oil painting in kitchens" inspiration, I came across some wonderful examples.
I love this painting of a copper pot mounted on a wall of marble.

 One of my favorite kitchens is this one.
The green cabinetry with marble and brass is absolutely magnificent and so original.

Adding a gallery of oil paintings is genius!

Designer Lauren Liess created a gallery wall in her kitchen that caught my eye.
I love the combination of portraits and landscapes.  

A couple of bucolic landscapes really stand out in an otherwise simple and clean kitchen vignette belonging to Catherine from In the Fields.  

No wall space?
Line up your art collection above the cabinets for added visual interest.

This black and white kitchen belongs to Janet from The Gardener's Cottage.  It is warmed up with the seagrass rug, crystal chandelier, bamboo shades and yes--the little oil painting over the range hood.
Just darling!

It's not hard to find vintage oil paintings like the portraits sitting on this open shelving.

Whether you prefer still lifes, portraits or landscapes, as long as they speak to you, you can begin an art collection to be displayed in your kitchen. 
Keep in mind, they don't have to be perfect! 
I'm always checking out antique stores, resell shops and garage sales for original art.

What do you think?
Would you display vintage oil paintings in your kitchen?

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Happy Valentine's Day

A romantic dinner for two.

One setting for Madame...

...the other for Monsieur.

We'll be celebrating Valentine's Day in style!
What are your Valentine plans?

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Thursday, February 9, 2017

White Ironstone Love

 My love affaire with white ironstone began when I found this "pure butter" slab years ago at a home store in Sonoma.
I was smitten, and immediately tried to find more.

The problem was that I had no idea what to call it as I tried to locate more slabs on Ebay.
Dairy slab?  Bistroware? White ironstone with lettering.

Eventually, I found more!

One online store that still sells them is Joanne Hudson Basics.

Though, not inexpensive, their reproductions are still a bargain compared to a true antique.
A huge inspiration for collecting white ironstone came from this photo of a pantry from Joanne Hudson.  I would kill for this pantry--and the ironstone too!

 Eventually, I broadened my hunt to include white porcelain that had black wording.

 Sometimes I find them at Homegoods or Marshalls.
Sometimes, on Ebay.

Luckily, I've even found ironstone like the bowl above in antique stores.

These pieces were found in an antique store too.
They are quite old.

Recently, I discovered that West Elm carries white ironstone bowls and canisters, reasonably priced.

I'm loving this set of graduated bowls.

The whole collection is wonderful!
They work well in a black and white kitchen and go with just about everything.
Those bowls are calling my name!

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