Archive for the ‘Decorating’ Category

30 Jun

Spice Cabinets

Spice chests came in all styles.  This folk art one dates from the late 19th to early 20th century.

These chests were introduced in England in the 18th century and later were also made in America.  They were considered pieces of furniture and were found only in the more affluent households.

vintage chest decor

What’s great is that you don’t have to use it for spices.  It’s fun and interesting to take pieces and use them in different ways.  We see this one on a sideboard or hanging on a dining room wall filled with those little treasures for the table:  napkin rings, salt spoons, shakers, demitasse spoons…

The divided drawers are an organizer’s dream.

Antique chest uses

Or in a bathroom with cotton balls and Q-tips, a sewing room with bobbins and thread.  This charmer can go so many places.


-Lisa Purdy


12 Jun

Vintage barware


Cocktails are all the rage, and collecting vintage barware has become popular.  Setting up a home bar is fun to do, especially if you mix in some interesting pieces from the past.

Among our collections, we have a great martini pitcher with silver overlay from the 1940s.  Silver overlay was a popular decorative process used on glass and china up through the mid 20th century.

You don’t have to have a bar or bar court to set up your own home bar — a simple tray will work beautifully.  Cheers!