Thursday, April 21, 2022

Spring Vignette on the Cupboard Top

Once a holiday is over and all the obvious "holiday decor" has been packed away, it always seems bare and bland. I gathered up the bunnies and Easter related pieces and they are now safely tucked away till next year. A "Spring" refresh is always easier for me than other seasons, because vintage garden goodies can easily fill whatever holes might have been created when the Easter eggs and bunnies said "bye-bye".

The Cookbook Cupboard needed a change-up after Easter, so I naturally started thinking about vintage garden and cottage goods. I love these old "God Bless Our Home" lithographic prints; not sure how old this one is, but maybe from the 40's. I changed up the frame and chalk painted this old wooden one several years ago. I like to change up prints to correspond with the seasons, so when I rediscovered this one in our storage room I carted it upstairs knowing it would work for my Spring garden-y theme.

I usually keep our scrolly script monogram here in front of the large blackboard, but I love the black as a backdrop for prints too. Whatever lands there instantly pops.

The vintage green basket-weave lunch hamper has been a fun purchase since last Christmas. I've used it non-stop for decor and Spring floral vignettes. I love that it has real wooden handles, too. Here, it's a base for a couple of faux bois pitchers. 

(Earlier in March)

A teensy vintage green painted clay pot holds some angel vine/wire vine.

The other side of the cupboard has an old painted box 
topped by a mossy basket filled with faux paperwhites.

Old French seed packets and a mini clay pot are nestled inside the basket.

The Cookbook Cupboard is midway between the Hearth Room and the kitchen on a long wall. It's my fun spot for seasonal kitchen related decor, old cookbooks and cookie jars. I bought this old cabinet back about the time I started blogging as a display piece in one of my antique spaces. It was a cute antique chippy piece, but a real mess...  and too dirty looking to feel comfortable using. I opted for a couple of coats of white paint and some molding along the edges to give it a more finished look. You can see how it relates to the sideboard on that wall.

I think this little Japanese Majolica piece with birdies must be a sugar bowl,
but I've never seen any companion pieces. 

Vintage garden tools and clay pots always work for vintage Spring decor vignettes. We planted the bulbs from earlier this spring and we actually used a few of my old garden tools. They still work even after 50+ years. (This is where I could throw in a joke about myself, but I'll pass on that!)

I keep my "Cottage" cookie jars here in the Cookbook Cupboard, but I'd like to introduce you to a cookie jar that had been my grandmother's, probably from the late 40's. I remember it sitting on her kitchen counter, usually with something yummy inside.

This fat little cow/bull? had originally been painted with bright colors. But by the time it ended up with me the paint was flaking off and very unattractive. I scrubbed it clean, with the only remaining paint being on the face. Google says it's "APCO" American Pottery Company from the 40's. It's a real cutie. Can you see the overalls and suspenders?

Guys, I DID make an attempt to straighten up the bottom shelf this time!

Here are a few other past posts you might like from the last house...

Spring on Top of the Cupboard

We hope you'll come by on Monday Evening to join in.

joining in here:

The House on Silverado,  Love Your Creativity at Life and Linda
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 
  Inspire Me Tuesday at A Stroll Thru Life   Wonderful Wednesday at LeCultivateur 
Turnabout Tuesday at My Wee Abode,  Centerpiece Wednesday at Karin's Kottage
Share Your Style at French Ethereal,  Vintage Charm at Our Hopeful Home,  
Thursday Favorite Things at Follow the Yellow Brick Home,  
Create, Bake, and Grow at Shabby Art BoutiqueFarmhouse Friday at  County Road 407
Friday with Friends at My Hubbard Home, Fabulous Friday at Vintage Home Design
Friendship Friday at Create with Joy  Funtastic Friday at 2 Chicks and a Mom


  1. Good Morning Debra. I love it all. The little ceramic buildings are so pretty. Happy Thursday. xoxo Kris

  2. Hey Debra,
    I previously sent you a dm on Instagram and didn't get a reply. Not sure if you saw it. I'm planning a blog round up and wanted to see if you'd like to participate. If you don't see the dm, please dm me and I'll resend. Thanks.

    1. Hi Rachel, thanks for tracking me down. I just returned your message, thanks so much!!!

  3. It looks so lovely, Debra!! I love that cute sign. Beautiful styling as always!

  4. HI Debra! Oh, I just love it all especially those little houses. You have the sweetest things. Thank you so much for your visit and your suggestion about the knob hole template. That's a great idea. Have a wonderful weekend.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  5. That teapot is so sweet. I've never seen one like it. Precious display. Perfect for late spring.


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