Thursday, April 23, 2009
~~ Pillowcase Curtains & Kitchen ~~
As you meander through my kitchen you will see the 'island' which is my Grandmother Maggie's base of the kitchen cupboard given to her as a wedding gift in 1910. G'ma worked as a cook for Somerville Lumber, where she met G'pa. She had arrived from Ireland a couple years before. I cannot part with this piece; the back was long ago lost, so now it has a new granite top that holds pictures of my loved ones. It is a perfect contrast to the cottage look.
Our kitchen is the basic cottage white. We had an artist paint all the cascading flowers on the ceiling & around the crown or the kitchen. Gail created all the chandeliers, adorned w/porcelain pink & green roses, dripping w/prisms. The tile backdrop was still what I wanted so rather than spend a fortune replacing it all, I bought 'wallies', cut & pasted a few of them & covered the original tile floral design ... WAH-LAH! ... they worked out perfectly, giving me the look I was trying to achieve for minimal expense.
The kitchen curtains are vintage pillowcases that I left intact, slit the ends just enough to put a curtain rod thru & hung them. Carola created the gorgeous tiebacks, I tied them on the backside so that when you look from the outside in, you see a pretty bow on the back of the curtains ... the valance is a lace runner held up w/ribbon ties of pink & lavendar sheer ribbons tied to the curtain rod.
Our vintage German canisters were the perfect accent to the decor; a gift from a dear friend.
The door knobs are all glass ... pink on the upper cupboards, crystal on the drawers & green on the lower cupboards ... the perfect finishing touch.
There are more pictures in ~~ Light Up My Cottage Life ~~ I believe.