Monday, September 19, 2011

Decorating a Fall Cupboard

I just love Fall!

and part of my Fall decorating ritual,
 besides re-doing the sunroom,
is redecorating my favorite little chippy white cupboard
 downstairs in our lower level sitting area.

Several years ago I bought the separate pieces
for a hundred dollars total...
and then they "got married" with a little paint.

This is a great spot to bring in all my great vintage pieces
for an eclectic Fall display.
I like to use a variety of things that I've collected
and then showcase a few Fall Projects.

I wanted to have some fun with some graphics
so I printed out this snazzy black crow image from
the Graphics Fairy.

I mounted it on an old brittle page,
from Websters Unabridged Dictionary, 1879.
Then digging through my stash of old frames,
I found one to fit.

Here's a little ironstone soup tureen
setting on top of a couple of black and orange vintage books.
I love using old books to give something more "oomph".

A great old bottle with a stopper I found last weekend;
it even has the liquid measured scale.
I found the seed packet graphic from the Graphic's Fairy and glued it on
for instant Fall inspiration.

Wonderful Aesthetic brown transferware Kenilworth plate from England

I also wanted to share this great old children's book'
The Children's Natural History at Home
teaching book from the late 1800's.
It's full of the most wonderful bookplates of animals.

I thought this page suited our Fall theme.

One of my vintage collection, 
this black large dial alarm clock.

and one of my Lefton Chipmunks from my studio collection.

One of the best ideas I've had is to paint these vintage suitcases white,
using plain old latex interior house paint.

(please disregard the old school drapery headers over the French doors.
I bought them eight years ago when options were limited.)
Is that a good excuse...?

Hope you had fun visiting the Holiday Cupboard,

I'm updating this post for Whisperwood Cottage
Fall Decor and Project Party.

Thanks so much for coming by,


  1. Wow, your display and cabinet are both really beautiful. I just love it.

  2. I wish I had a cupboard to decorate for the seasons. This looks wonderful! I love that black clock and the suitcases on top!

  3. Love how you painted all your suitcases all the same - looks perfect on the hutch! The book opened to the owls....great! Love those little squirls...thought at first it was a badger...but so very cute :) Karrie & I are debating if we decorate for fall tomorrow....or shop! Now that you've inspired me...I might have to just stay home (darn it all!!)
    Thanks for the inspiration Debra!
    Karla & Karrie

  4. Great different from most fall decor. Very original! Kuddos to u! Tiffany

  5. Debra,
    Your cabinet is lovely all decked out for Fall...almost a woodland theme! I adore the vintage book pages in this post!!! Those little woodland figurines are just darling along with your finds from the Graphic Fairy!Wonderful "lighter" side of Fall!

  6. I just love how you decorated your white cupboard! The pictures you printed from the Graphics Fairy are perfect for that. I also like how you vintagized your photos. I may try that sometime. Your white suitcases look good on top of the cupboard. My favorite Fall decorations for inside are in creams and browns. I may use a little rust, but not much orange. I like a subdued look. Your cupboard fits that bill!

  7. Gorgeous pieces!You've displayed them beautifully!

  8. I enjoyed seeing how you like to display all your pretty pieces. I'll have to check back for Christmas!

    Dropping by from Met Monday.

    Vintage Gumwood Cabinet Kitchen

  9. I love the cupboard and the suitcases are fabulous. All of your displays are always so fun and you do have some of the cutest things and you arrange them so beautifully. Love it all. Thanks also for linking to TTT. Hugs, marty

  10. This is the kind of decorating that convinced me I could decorate for Halloween. I love the vintage-y style!

  11. I love all of your pieces Debra! That crow picture and bottle with the label look great! Nice work.


  12. LOVE it! I like a space that each time you look at it you find something else you didn't see before! So fun and put together perfectly!

  13. Great idea to decorate your cupboard for holidays. Everything is so pretty and with a "touch of whimsy".Cute chipmunk. So much fun.
    Thanks for sharing.

  14. Love the suitcases and the cupboard! I love how you have decorated it for the season.

  15. Looks great, Debra. Love the printed crowe and that cute chipmunk.

  16. Your cupboard looks fabulous all dressed for fall! You have used some unique touches and I love it. What a great idea to paint those suitcases! How original.

  17. Debra, Love your cupboard and the way you have decorated it. The suitcases are a favorite of mine.

  18. Your cupboard looks fabulous all dressed for fall! You have used some unique touches and it is best for attraction What a great idea to paint those suitcases! How original.
    hediyelik eşya

  19. Debra, I don`t even know where to start, -everything in your cupboard looks so wonderful.
    And I love you did it in White/Black tones. Love your craw picture ,and the pumpkin bottle- and the tureen---the lamp in front -and..and..
    Have a lovely monday, dear.

  20. Lots of fun things to look at. You're very creative.

  21. Oh I just love it Debra!
    I just picked up a box of baby bens at an estate sale and can't wait to play with them!

  22. Love it all painted up and full of your pretties! The suitcases are adorable!

    Have a blessed day my friend, HUGS!

  23. Debra, your hutch is fantastic. It has the look of a Hitchcock film! *amazing*

    I am still enjoying your header, too.

    Ricki Jill

  24. Debra ~ That looks so pretty!! I am not a fall girl because I love summer and it always means that it is coming to an end ~ But all of the fall decor out in blogland is kind of getting me in the mood ~


  25. This is lovely! I love each Fall display! What a great idea to paint the suitcases! I just love the entire cupboard!

  26. It's beautiful! I love everything you've done in here. I especially love how the white paint transformed that luggage!
    I love Picasa and Picnic--they really save the day when it comes to salvaging a mediocre photograph!!!

    ~Mikey @ Shabby French Cottage

  27. LOVE your Fall cupboard, Debra. Crows and pumpkins and all the lovely china touches! Yum! Hope you have a wonderful week.

  28. Its a lovely cupboard and you have decorated so nicely for the season....blessings on your week.

  29. NOW THAT IS HOW YOU DECORATE a Hutch/cupboard for Halloween/fall. I JUST ADORE EVERY SINGLE DETAIL. It looks amazing right down to the cute caddy on the floor. I am seeing a Feature in my future. winks-jen

  30. Looks very pretty and fall-ish! That crow and the old bottle are my favs!!

  31. Grown up or cute I like it lots!

  32. I love your vintagey fall look! Swoon over the clock and crows. Pinning such fall goodness to my pinterest board. Thanks for sharing such a beautiful space ~ Heidi

  33. This is my favorite type of decor for this time of year, and yours is GORGEOUS!!! I'm going to be pinning this like it's no one's business on Pinterest :D

    Thanks for sharing!


  34. oh, I love that cupboard. It is beautiful.

    Have a great week


  35. Oh, so beautiful, Debra. I love the unifying colors and your vignettes. You have such a great eye.

  36. gorgeous cabinet, debra! love the painted suitcases!

  37. Just gorgeous Debra. I love this old vintage take on fall decor.
    Marianne :)

  38. Looks fabulouso Debra! I love that clock too.

  39. BEEEEautiful, Debra!!! You have a knack for creating awesome vigettes, girl! Yup...that clock is just plain yummy! :)

    xoxo laurie

  40. Debra,
    Oh my...where do I begin? I just love it have done an outstanding job with this display...still lovin' those white suitcases:)


  41. I just absolutely love everything about this Debra! You have such a knack for creating these beautiful vignettes and I think vintage-izing the pictures was perfect! :-)

  42. oh, i'd love to visit your home, every single bit of it must be absolutely gorgeous! xoox

  43. Hi Debra,
    All that black and white looks great! I love that you have a "holiday cupboard." What a fun spot to decorate for each season!

  44. Beautiful, Debra!
    Elegant, and not too Halloweeny.
    I just Pinterested this post, I loved it so much! Especially the squirrels. I have a pair, but they aren't Lefton.
    Old, though :)
    You gave me tons of ideas!
    Blessings, sugar!

  45. Just found your blog, and there isn't a thing I don't like! Lovely Fall Display!

  46. I love your vintage chippy white cupboard. Your fall decor is so unique and fun.. love the suitcases on top! Just fun.. hugs ~lynne~

  47. Such a pretty display! I'm pinning your cabinet.

  48. Love your fall cabinet! That little clock and the old looking bottle are amazing. Great Job ;)

  49. O'Debra all your touches of fall looks it all!

    Enjoy your day,

  50. Gorgeous is the word! Love all those fall arrangements. The autumn cabinet looks fantastic. Thanks for sharing.
    Hope to see you on my blog:)

  51. Lovely vignette in your cabinet. Love the crow pictures and the chipmunk!

  52. What a great way to do a fall display with mostly black and white. The crow pictures are great (I like them better then having actual faux crows around.)

  53. Just beautiful Debra! I love white for fall and your cabinet is just great and I love evrything in it! I love all your fall vignettes! Lots of hugs, FABBY

  54. Wow Debra!
    The contrast with the black is outstanding. I am a fan of picnik too. Love all your Collections and style.
    xxx Liz

  55. Your cabinet looks fantastic. I love the suitcases on top! The toolbox on the floor also looks great, Debra. What beautiful style you have...

  56. Everything is just beautiful..and I had to laugh. It's like me pointing out my old verticals that need to be replaced..someday. Not now, but someday. I thought they looked just fine!
    I loved your suitcases! What a great look you achieved! I loved every single thing!!

  57. You were a busy bee, I love your corner it looks wonderful. Great trick to painting the suitcases they really add to your cupboard. I just love all your selections and you are right it is a great look for fall. Thanks, Kathy

  58. Looks wonderful! And I love the black birds. I just put a few birds around my studio trying to Fallish it up. :)

  59. Love it Debra!! So much gorgeous eye candy! LOVE those crow prints! It just looks FABULOUS!!

    And those suitcases painted?? Pure genius!!

    Lou Cinda :)

  60. Hi Debra! Wow! I just love your fabulous Fall decor! The little touches of black amongst your whites and creams is perfect! I am especially fond of your little chipmunk! I've collected a few vintage squirrels recently for a display I'm working on. They are so fun! No apologies neccessary for your curtains! I think we all have our decorating hang ups...and there are so many wonderful things to see in that room that I doubt anyone would have given the valance a second thought! Give yourself some slack! :)
    Best Wishes and Blessings,

  61. Debra, I love this look for fall. Don't get me wrong, I love all the orange and gold too but this is just gorgeous. The teaching book page is a perfect touch.
    Hope you have a great weekend.

    The French Hutch

  62. I love what you did. The whole look is amazing. I especially love the suitcases on top. Looks great and great for storage. Function & beauty in one!

    ~ Meredith From A Mother Seeking come find me on my blog, A Mother Seeking...

  63. Beautiful! Just a subtle touch of the season...perfect!

  64. I just enjoyed your tour of your holiday cupboard. So many wonderful and cute items.

  65. This cupboard is something to crow about! Love, love, love it! Thank you so much for linking up.

  66. Beautiful and what fun to change it up for the delish fall season!
    Looking forward to your fall party!
    Visiting from Primp today :)


  67. Gorgeous! Amazing job :)


  68. I love what you always do with your white hutch. I have one very much like yours and it always just looks like an average hutch, with dishes...never as cute as yours. If I can figure out where to stash my dishes, maybe I can copycat your hutch. :)
    Love the white suitcases....

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  70. Great mix of pieces, Debra! Love those suitcases on top, too! Thanks for linking up to The Talent Scouting Party at WhisperWood Cottage!

  71. Wow, that was beautiful. I just saw what I think should be one of the contenders! Always beautiful work, Debra!

  72. L


    Exceptionally well done!

  73. Great! I never though about painting a suitcase. I have an old blue suitcase with vintage lines but I don't decorate with blue. Gotta go find some paint!


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