This hutch is in my breakfast room. It's old and well worn and well
loved not just for itself, but also for what it holds. Everything inside
from it's cupboard at the bottom and open shelves at the top is filled
with precious memories of ones I have loved.
This covered casserole and the matching platter behind it belonged to
my Mom. She loved blue and white as do I. The hobnail pitcher was
hers too. It is both squatty and sweet I think. The toast rack in the
foreground was a purchase of mine because we love toast in this house!
I love the cream soup bowls. These belonged to my Mom as well.
This little blue calico square tea pot was purchased at the British Isles shop
in Houston years ago before David and I were married. I was so very
happy to visit the shop when we were last in Houston. It's always so
comforting to discover that a little shop you loved years ago is still
in existence. I treasure small independent shops. I know how hard
it is for them to survive in our world of big box stores.
See the cups hanging from hooks? I purchased a whole set of these
dishes while I was in London with my parents. I had them shipped back to
the states and every piece arrived in perfect condition. The Brits are so
good at shipping china. This is a Mason's pattern. We don't see much
of this china company in the states. My mother-in-law had a lovely
Mason's pattern as her every day dishes. It came from Carl Forslund in
Michigan years ago who used to specialize in colonial furniture and
accessories for the home. I have a few pieces of her set. It is
called Plantation Colonial. I will have to show it to you sometime.
Notice the little butter pats. I love these. I only have two and
wish I could find more.
The little Cafe Paris covered tureen is a purchase from a consignment
shop. I have two and they were a steal. The woven flower basket on
the left belonged to my grandmother. The copper tea kettle is from
my step grandfather. He brought it over from Sweden.
If you look to the right in the background there is a little sandwich
tray. It is Mason's also. My Mom and I each purchased one while we
were in London. Now I have both of them. I have such happy memories
of the day we found these little trays. I remember we both squealed in
delight and could hardly wait to take them back home to serve little
tea sandwiches on.
My little patriotic pie bird. I found this at a cute little shop in Fredericksburg, TX.
David and I spent the weekend of our 25th wedding anniversary there just
this past June. It's a wonderful little reminder of the very special weekend
we spent in that oh so charming town.
I purchased this tole tray at a wonderful antique store in new Hampshire.
David's mom had the most charming summer cottage on Mirror Lake
in New Hampshire. We used to go visit her there in the summer while
David and I were living in Middleburg, Virginia. Lee's summer
cottage was so adorable. It had the sweetest little kitchen with an old
fashioned farmhouse sink and the cutest vintage refrigerator. There was
an old screen door in the kitchen that squeaked and banged and took
you out to the deck. There was one main living area with a stone fireplace.
The whole cottage was quite rustic and had a screened in porch that
overlooked the lake. There were two small bedrooms that had those
old built in dressers and windows framed by old fashioned Priscilla
tie back curtains. Lee always had vintage handmade quilts on the bed.
To David and I it was the most charming cottage in the world and
we have so many happy memories of spending our evenings
listening to the loons on the lake while playing cut throat games
of Scrabble. David almost always won which drove Lee and
That cute little tea pot in front of the tray is from the King's Arms
Tavern in Williamsburg. It was a gift from my sister-in-law
The little girl tying her shoe is Royal Copenhagen. She was a gift to me
from my mother-in-law Lee. The milk glass pitcher belonged to my
And finally, Mrs Rabbit and her bunnies with Peter Rabbit looking
quite the gentleman. There is a Beatrix Potter plate in the
background because I love Beatrix. Always have.
So there you are. A little tour of my antique hutch that is full
of memories of people I love and happy times. Thanks for
Bentley had a very exciting morning. He discovered a
big cat asleep in the ginger and he flushed the cat out
and the cat ran up the big old oak tree. Bentley was
extremely proud of himself and his Daddy was too
and Bentley got a treat. High adventure :-)
Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley