Sunday, November 9, 2008

BLUE MONDAY





Check out Smiling Sally for this week's participants in Blue Monday.




For my contribution this week, I'm showing you our Hoosier-style cabinet. These were very popular in the first two decades of the 20th century due to lack of storage and workspace in the kitchens of that era. Most of the cabinets were manufactured in Indiana, thus the name. Ours was built by the Wilson Cabinet Company and has the special feature of a built-in flour storage bin and sifter and a glass canister to hold sugar.



See the wonderful sponge-painting detail on the pull-out enameled top!





And the blue stained-glass window detail.


And inside, I have some of my blue bowl and pitcher collection from the same era.


Behind the tambour door is the sugar cannister in the corner. Behind the long door on the left is the flour container and sifter (I neglected to get a picture of that!)


The cupboard was originally owned by a friend of Bob's family. When we bought it, the tambour door was in pieces and the cupboard was in need of restoration after many years of use. Therefore, we got it for a bargain price. We have enjoyed having this cabinet for many years - it has made the rounds in our various houses. Most of its life with us it was in the family room holding the TV, books and games; but the last 11 years it has been in this little alcove in the kitchen.



Thanks for stopping by,

Sally

25 comments:

nikkicrumpet said...

It's beautiful...and I love the little blue details. That is one of the prettiest hoosiers I've seen!

laurie said...

That Hoosier cabinet is so pretty. I've never seen one like that, and all of your blue inside looks great (of course, I've never met a blue I didn't love)! Guess I should be a "Blue Mon." participant. laurie

Sue said...

I get sick everytime I see a beautiful Hoosier cabinet. I got one for free when I lived in Jersey but the husband thought it needed work....God forbid we say the word work! I sold it for $50. and the lady that bought it was an artist and turned it into the most beautiful piece I have ever seen, all hand painted and gorgeous...

Dirk said...

Really love this kind of architecture, and love the blue bowls too

Leena said...

Those dishes could be from Finnish kitchen :)
Very pleasant post!

Greetings from the eastern part of Finland !

Smilingsal said...

We had one of these cabinets when I was a little girl, and Mama used it in the kitchen to sift her flour. Yours is in such beautiful condition; you've done a good job restoring it. I love the blue bowls. Happy Blue Monday!

Knitty said...

Your Hoosier is gorgeous, and the contents, too.

Happy Blue Monday!

PlantBuddy said...

Looks like oak, your lovely cabinet. Wish they still made furniture for the kitchen like this. Just a suggestion: write your family names on the back of the cabinet and the year, so future owners will have a record. It's called provenance/history.

Carrie said...

I enjoy the natural finish...also your display of blue pottery. It's nice that it is of the same period as the hoosier.

Julie said...

What a fun cabinet! I love the blue accents. I actually didn't notice them until you focused in on them in photos then I really saw the blue. Such a fun collection of blue bowls as well.

Sweetie said...

The Hossier cabinet is wonderful. It makes a great place to store your lovely collection of bowls and pitcher. I also enjoyed your description. Happy Blue Monday.
Sweetie

the pleasures of homemaking said...

I've always loved Hoosier cabinets! The blue stained glass windows are such a pretty detail that I don't recall every seeing on another Hoosier! Love the blue bowl collection too!

Manuela

CC said...

The cabinet is wonderful and I love your collection of bows and that crock is just wonderful. Happy Blue Monday and have a great week. :)

Coloradolady said...

GASP! I LOVE your cabinet and LOVE,LOVE,LOVE the blue bowls. Wonderful post today. I have one small little bowl like that, but your collection is amazing. Have a great week.

Bo said...

Wow...I almost missed this post...so glad I didn't! You sure don't see these Hoosier cabinets much anymore & especially not in such great condition...and the blue bowl collection is perfect there. ;-) Bo

Neabear said...

I love your Hoosier cabinet with all the blues. So pretty. Hope you had a Happy Blue Monday!

Heidi Jo the Artist said...

This is a gorgeous piece and I especially love all the beautiful blue in it and surrounding it! Happy Blue Monday!

Heidi Jo the Artist
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Shelia said...

Hi Sally! Oh, how I love your Hoosier cabinet. This is about the prettiest one I've ever seen and the blue stained glass!! Your blue bowls are just perfect with it!
What a treasure!
Thanks for popping in to see my tablescape.
Be a sweetie,
shelia ;)

Coloradolady said...

Sally, Yep, those are the mountain views from our Cabin. Love it there so much. You are lucky to get to see them everyday.

Liz said...

I love your Hoosier! Can you imagine standing at it all day baking?! I really like your pottery too! I am always a sucker for blue! : )

~Liz~

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

Great Blue Monday post. I absolutely love every bit of this. Beautiful cabinet and contents!

Cami @ Creating Myself said...

What a wonderful hoosier! You lucky girl!!!!

ceekay said...

Your hoosier with all the blue ware is fantastic. Beautiful pictures.

bj said...

I've always wanted a hoosier cabinet...just never found one I could afford. Yours is sooo nice and your blues look fabulous in it...
love, bj

Small Footprints said...

Just beautiful! I was browsing through the rest of your blog and thought that it is so wonderful that you have pieces from parents and grandparents. And it's obvious that they were all lovingly taken care of. What a gift for all the generations of your family.

Thank you for sharing them with us!

Small Footprints
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