Sunday, October 22, 2023

Late Fall Looks on the Sideboard and Cookbook Cupboard

Last post I shared my hearth room mantel and décor along with a few woodsy friends. I guess you could call this part 2 of the hearth room as the sideboard and cookbook cupboard are actually in the hearth room. 

The old sideboard is a family piece that got a makeover when we moved to this house. I hadn't really used it for over 15 years, so I really love getting to see and use it each day instead of it hidden in the basement. 

With the beveled mirror in the background it gives the appearance that the moss and velvet pumpkins are off kilter and overloaded. If I take a full on view I'm always shown in the mirror, so I have to do a side view. (sorry, you probably don't want to see me in my plaid flannel pajamas and robe)

This huge wash bowl from the late 1800's is one of my favorite vessels for fall. The pitcher wasn't with it and it has a small crack along the bottom so I'm super careful with it whenever it comes out of storage during the autumn season.
The little shelf along the top of the mirror is a fun place to display small item collections. This season I have a few of my crocks, a concrete pumpkin, and two antique mattress "springs" holding baby boo pumpkins.

Actually the small crocks were in my husband's collection but I "appropriated" them into my decor. He was generous and didn't complain. I have a habit of doing that as he also started collecting demijohns before I fully appreciated them. I've laid claim to those too.

Ironstone pitchers and my book page cut out pumpkin candle covers balance out the top of the sideboard.

Now, on to the Cookbook Cupboard along that same long hearth room wall. The top gets a seasonal change up, but the shelves are minor players as I keep my cookie jar collection and cookbooks there. I've mentioned in the past that my cookbooks are pretty laughable because they were mostly purchased for my girls when they were learning to cook, so most of them are very "junior" and basic.

One of my favorite fall botanical prints is in a black vintage frame with apples and pears. The black chalkboard is a fixture here, so whatever lands in front has a great backdrop and pops with color. The chalk fruit topiary that didn't make the cut on the coffee table in the garden room landed here and it looks much better being out of the way and in a corner. My dad's old enamel coffeepot is filled with a mixed bunch of fall faux foliage.

Hard to tell the color, but that's an aubergine velvet pumpkin. Love that color!

At first I thought those orange salt and peppers on the right were tomatoes, but no, they're pumpkins!

Vintage seasonal trays are always a favorite for an interesting background in shelving. I have more fall ones than other seasons, and at any given time you can find several metal trays used in my decor around the house.

Here are a few fall posts you might enjoy...

October Fun in the Cookbook Cupboard

French Cottage Kitchen Niche for Fall

Dough Bowl Pumpkin Centerpiece on the Sideboard

Weekend Inspiration and Fall Favorites

Did you catch my last post?

 The House on Silverado  Love Your Creativity at Life and Linda
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 Eclectic Red Barn 
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,  
Create, Bake, and Grow at Shabby Art Boutique,
 Farmhouse Friday at County Road 407


  1. Love that cupboard. The fall vignettes are so pretty. Happy Weekend. Hugs. Kris

  2. I love the mix of pumpkins in your basket and that cupboard is just terrific.

  3. Very pretty touches for fall continue throughout your home, Debra. I love those crocks acquired from the joint custody! I have a few too, and have mine holding my whisk broom collections. That little shelf on the sideboard makes a perfect perch to showcase yours! Even the cookbook case is adorable. I hope your fall has been lovely. Ours is really nice this year, and I see it as a true gift!


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