Friday, October 15, 2021

Romancing the October Holiday Cupboard

Last year for the "first" October Holiday Cupboard, it was natural for me to come up with a whimsical theme for late October. But this year, as I do in any seasonal display, I like to stretch a little bit and use different vintage items to create something seasonal and holiday compatible. So instead of just using vintage pumpkins and Fall critters (which I love), this time I brought out some "romantic" vintage items to give it an altogether new look.

I'm using my Brown Transferware mix and match pieces along with a couple of ironstone tureens and platters for a backdrop. I added in a few antique candleholder sets, vintage prints, and metal flower frogs that work together to convey a romantic late Fall feel.

Below is a beautiful handmade millinery rose made from 
hand stamped fabric and a vintage rhinestone brooch.

A pair of vintage celluloid cherub candleholders.

A small floral creamer in autumnal colors
 that my husband found for me.

A small Victorian look bust of a young girl in chalkware.

... a celluloid postcard/print of Anne Hathaway's cottage
in Stratford-on-Avon. 

I just can't resist a few blooms in mauve of dried hydrangeas.
I've enjoyed my hydrangeas so much this year.
They started in white, then to pink and mauve, then to deep mauve and purple.

I wish this delicate figural porcelain vase had a marking,
but I know it's a very old Art Nouveau piece.

This brown with pink floral transferware patterned platter
is another piece my husband found for me 
in his "proxy" flea market shopping.

Of course I have to add in a few paper mache pumpkins and gourds
to plop in the sugar and creamer.

This pair of old tole candlesticks were once electrified from my mom's stash.

A Raphael Tuck vintage postcard from English Cathedrals.

Vintage framed Frenchy prints from the 1960's.

For me, the key to putting together shelves or a display 
is to use not only themed pieces,
but hues that most often reflects the natural seasonal color.
But most of all, I like to have fun and be creative.

I took a few of these pics from the Garden Room
on a very cloudy day,
so they're not the best, and have a lot of shadows.
(it's pouring again today...)

We used to be able to find wild Bittersweet at garden centers
 or out in the wayside but not for the last several years.
So this dried piece is from several years ago that I've saved.

I hope you enjoy the Holiday Cupboard as much as I do putting it together.
Well, that might be hard since I find it such a fun creative outlet.
I love seeing it come together for each season.
It's sort of like a "doll house" for dishes and collectibles!

Here's a peek at last years' Holiday Cupboard for October.

... and a post from years ago in another Fall Holiday Cupboard

Hope you're having a great week. It's been raining non-stop
but we've really needed it. So I can't complain.
It's Fall, so Yahoo, time to be happy with a little cool and rain.

We hope you'll come by on Monday evening 
for the Linky Party.

joining in here:

 The House on Silverado  Love Your Creativity at Life and Linda
Hearth and Soul at April Harris
All About Home at Common Ground and Follow the Yellow Brick Home
Inspire Me Monday at My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
Met Monday at Between Naps on the Porch  
Celebrate Your Story at The Zucchini Sisters,  
 Inspire Me Tuesday at A Stroll Thru Life  
Creative Crafts Linky Party at Creatively Beth
 Party in Your PJ's at Apple Street Cottage   
 Keep in Touch at Let's Add Sprinkles 
 Wonderful Wednesday at LeCultivateur 
Turnabout Tuesday at My Wee Abode,  
Share Your Style at French Ethereal
Happiness is Homemade at LEO Wife
Centerpiece Wednesday at Karin's Kottage  
Vintage Charm at Our Hopeful Home
 Thursday Favorite Things at Follow the Yellow Brick Home,  
Friday with Friends at My Hubbard Home
Create, Bake, and Grow at Shabby Art Boutique,
 Farmhouse Friday at The Painted Hinge and County Road 407


  1. Debra, I enjoy your posts on decorating the hutch so much. You have a unique way of combining and placing all those goodies. Thank you for sharing.


    1. Thankyou so much Felicia. I sure don't want to bore people with my own "fun". Thanks for coming by and leaving a much appreciated comment! Happy October!

  2. Debra the cupboard looks gorgeous! I have some brown and white transferware and might take your lead in updating one of my hutches for the fall season. Thank you for the inspiration!

  3. Your cupboard has a life of its own with all of your beautiful changes! But isn't that where creativity lies? I so love everything...each and every fall touch.

    Thank you so much for popping by. I refuse to think that blogging has died off, even as I enjoy Instagram. Now- please can you share with me your back surgery? We are like two peas in a pod with our issues.

    Sending love and strength and a big hug for visiting my erratic blog!

    Jane 😘

    1. YEP, my surgery was a doozy! I'm still not rehabed enough. I'll email you the gory details, haha!! xo

  4. Debra, I always enjoy your beautiful white cupboards decorated for each special occasion. In fact, it is because of you that I brought that old cupboard into my kitchen. The only difference is that yours looks like a beautiful up-town girl and mine looks like the old country cousin down on her luck! Thanks for your visit to me and Happy Autumn Days..xxoJudy


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