Thursday, March 16, 2017

The Irish Cupboard

It's time to do a little celebrating the Irish way,
so I thought I'd try something a little different this year,
and share some decor inspiration with an iconic kitchen staple
...the Irish Cupboard.

These photos are from the March 2014 edition of British Country Living.

I couldn't find the photos on line so I took a couple of snaps
to share this wonderful example of a British Cupboard.

This is another example from Carolyn Westbrook's Kitchen

I've been a fan of these cupboards forever;
the perfect display piece for an Irish/English/Welsh/Scottish cottage
...but you DO need a good size space.

Look how similar these two cupboards are.

The usual distinguishing mark is that they are a "Step-back" Cupboard.
meaning the top Hutch is not as deep as the bottom dresser.
This gives more room for larger serving pieces to be set out.

Amazing Emma Bridgewater Pottery

How about some Irish China to set a lovely
Holiday table?

Just the bottom dresser in stripped pine.

A few French and Belgian pieces of Enamelware in Green.

speaking of Green

LOVE this, you can tell this is not just decor,
but a functional piece of counter space.

Another plus to this type of cupboard is that it can be used in almost any decor style. English and French Country Cupboards are usually a little more detailed and curved, while Irish Cupboards are usually less ornate with more straight lines.

French Cupboards

I'm not claiming to be an expert on English and French Country furniture,
just having some fun and sharing some wonderful pieces 
for inspiration and oogling!

Happy St. Patrick's Week!

all photo sources can be found 
on my Pinterest Boards

joining in here:

Share Your Style at The Essence of Home
Share Your Cup at Mrs. Olson's
Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage
The Inspiration Gallery at Zevy Joy
Foodie Friday at Rattlebridge Farm
Sunday at Home at Little Farmstead
Amaze Me Monday at Dwellings 


  1. Absolutely amazing collection of photos! Makes me want one!

  2. Fun post to celebrate the Irish. We have an Irish pine glass front cupboard. It is a large piece and the star of our kitchen sitting room. Thanks for sharing all the fun pieces.

  3. Wow, these are all gorgeous pieces of furniture. I don't know which one I like the best!

  4. These cupboards are all beautiful! They really remind me of my kitchen/breakfast room hutch that my hubby made for me! We were in Lancaster county and saw a BIG cupboard and he asked me if I would like a cabinet like that? UGH, YEAH!!!! So he made a schetch on a napkin, remembered the details and made it for me! He even did it like the Amish and used no nails bit did it all with tongue and groove and pegs! I love it and will never get rid of it. Thanks for sharing all these Debra!!!

  5. I really enjoyed this post. Now I have to go back and look at it again. :) Deb

  6. My heart is all aflutter!!!! I've dreamed of those dressers......I want the first one with all the yellow ware and mocha pottery!!!

  7. Oh my, drooling over each and every photo! I adore each and every one. I love that they are step back cupboards. I didn't realize that was a characteristic of Irish cupboards. That green enamelware made my heart swoon! Thanks for sharing so many lovelies with SYC.

  8. If I could have a cupboard in every room, I would! Loving that some are painted and some are natural wood. Filled with your favorite crockery, it really doesn't matter : )

  9. what a fun post for all the dishphiles, and cupboard freaks. LOL. One of the first photos had a string of mocha ware mugs hanging---so interesting. Of course I wanted to know what everything was---so many beautiful pieces, new and old. Thanks so much for the smiles and leads to follow, Sandi

  10. Your photos left me drooling. Just had a cabinet maker in today to measure and determine the cost of adding a built in cabinet like the ones you've shown here. Will cover an archway and have hooks for jackets on the entryway side. thanks for putting together this post. It's just what I needed.

  11. I have had a couple of beautiful hutches that I have painted-white with grey distressing and had to sell them to move. What I love about other countries and their furniture and how they use the pieces amaze me. How I love looking at a hutch that is stacked with jars, and food and I think it looks amazing, and then if I did that, it would look messy. It must be the setting the hutch is in also, with the right flooring and walls. What do you think?

  12. Love this post with all of the gorgeous pieces! I wish I had the space to have one of these large cupboards. Ahhhh. Ooooh. Sheila

  13. They are all beautiful and full of gorgeous!
    Thanks for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY!


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