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.


  1. Beauty-full Ms. Marydon! That island is soooo incredible and meaningful. So wish I had something from my grammy to call my own.

    Lovely must share more!

    Love, Rebecca

  2. What a lovely home you have !

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  4. Hi Marydon,
    Gosh your kitchen is beautiful !! It's rather large too.. How blessed to have a piece from your Gramma.. Something to truly cherish.. How cool is that..Everything just is soo sweet.. Thanks for visiting me, and I pray you have a restful evening..hugs ~~tea~~

  5. You kitchen is absolutely stunning. If mine looked this good, I might even enjoy cooking more :-)

  6. Your curtains look wonderful!! I still haven't added a valance to mine, I'm going to have to get busy. Yours are so pretty!! Great job, and I love your kitchen!!!
    ♥ Teresa