Friday, April 1, 2011


Sheila at Note Songs has invited blogland to a party to celebrate our favorite kitchen cupboard. My favorite has to be our Hoosier cabinet. For years in other houses, this cabinet served as a television cabinet in the family room. When we moved into this house 13 years ago, it finally found a home in an alcove in our kitchen.

The drawers in the bottom hold lots of stuff including place mats, napkins, camera and telephone chargers, candles, phone books, etc. The cupboard on the lower left holds three wooden boxes of sterling silver flatware.

However, its primary purpose is to keep track of my keys and to hold our supply of chocolate.

Occasionally (when I feel like dusting), I throw the doors open to enjoy some of my vintage stoneware collection.

I have quite a few bowls and pitchers in green and robin's egg blue. Sometimes, part of my collection of blue gets the starring role.

Other times, different pieces of blue get the spotlight.

Today, the twelve 5" ribbed bowls in various colors are center stage along with my mother's WWII cookbooks.

These little 5" bowls were all collected one at a time from all over the U.S.

Our cupboard retains all of its original features including the flour sifter and the sugar decanter. We use the little wire spice shelf to hold our appliance manuals. I love the original blue sponge detail on the pull-out work top. When we have parties, I pull out the sliding top to use for serving food and beverages.
I remember my grandmother had a similar cupboard in her kitchen which she used for all of its original purposes. It was practically her only workspace. Wouldn't our ancestors be amazed at the mega-kitchens we enjoy today?

In addition to Sheila's Heart of the Home party on Tuesday, I'm joining in the following links:

Tabletop Tuesday at A Stroll Thru Life

Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style

Vintage Inspiration Friday at Common Ground

Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage

Check each of these blogs out - you'll fall in love with all of the inspiration!

All of the pictures can be clicked on to enlarge and view details.


Marilyn said...

You have the perfect spot for this-and the treasures it holds. ♥♫

Sue said...

Oh WOW!!! I would be leaving those cupboard doors open all of the time- those blues are gorgeous!!! You Hoosier cabinets is such a great addition to your kitchen decor. Love the speckled blue on the edge of the enamel top. What a wonderful piece to own, Sally. :-) Sue

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh I love it. I have a hoosier also and they are just the neatest things. Yours is stunning and all of your bowls are fabulous. Wow, I love that you have a place for it in the kitchen. Thanks in advance for linking to TTT. Hugs, Marty

Shelia said...

Hi Sally! Oh, I love your beautiful hoosier cabinet! And look at your gorgeous bowls! I just love this! My daughter has one that was given to her and it's not in really good shape. She's thinking of painting it.
Thank you so much for coming to my party. Now make sure you pop in Monday and link up so others can enjoy your most wonderful cupboard!;)
Be a sweetie and have a wonderful Sunday,
Shelia ;)

Nellie's Cozy place said...

What a neat hoosier cabinet, very pretty and looks great with all those beautiful vintage dishes, my fav are the robins egg blue ones.
I am crazy about that color these days.
Thanks for sharing it was quite enjoyable.
blessings, Nellie

Debbie Moore at Slice of Pie Entertaining and Cookbooks said...

Love those blue bowls ... great post.

Shelia said...

Thank you again, Dear Sally, for coming to my party!
You are a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

Those old cabinets are fascinating..I would have loved to see this one when it was being utilized to full capacity..with the jar full of whatever... :) Love it!

Pamela Gordon said...

I love your Hoosier cabinet! I always think they are the best original kitchen cupboard with lots of features that weren't available 'back in the day'. Your stoneware collection is just gorgeous too. Love the blues and greens. Have a great day! Pamela

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Oh, Sally! That Hoosier cabinet is adorable filled with your wonderful pieces! Oh, such eye candy you have there, and I loved every single bowl and pitcher. Thta is a super collection which I enjoyed seeing very much.


Sheila :-)

The Quintessential Magpie said...

P.S. I had a darker Hoosier when I first married and used it for years in an "antique" kitchen in our first home which was built in the 1920's. Now I don't have a place for it, but seeing your post makes me miss it so much I want to build a room for it. See what you started???


Sheil :-)

Home Made Quilts By Granny said...

I can remember when my grandmothers had hoosier cabinet...I can also remember when thats what my mother used.You have a great collection. Trish

Chatelaine said...

What a cool piece! Andyour stoneware collection is to die for!

I love that you use the cupboard to store your supply of chocolate.
That isc exactly what I would do!

Zoey said...

What a versatile cabinet the Hoosier is! Yours is beautiful as well. I have always dreamed of having one, but it never happened.

I really enjoyed seeing yours.

Tracy H. said...

Beautiful! If I were you, I'd leave those doors open at all times! There is too much treasure in them to be hidden :)

Sweet Bee Cottage said...

How fabulous! I really like your sweet cupboard. But, I have to confess, I LOVE your bowl collection. The colors are gorgeous and I love how you rotate them. What a wonderful little cupboard - filled with such delights. Thank you for sharing your pretties!

lvroftiques said...

Sally you have the most beautiful things! I love your hoosier cabinet! I only wish I had room in my kitchen for a cabinet *winks* Vanna

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

What a wonderful collection you have!

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

OMG Saly this is a wonderful piece of American history and all your stone ware bowls are to die 4 girl..WOW!! I love it Sally..Hugs and smiles Gloria

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

What a perfect spot for such a neat treasure! Love how you have it all set up with your pretty bowls... and of course, love your chocolate stash!! lol! Mine is empty right now... :-/ Thanks for sharing at FNF! :)

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

I love your Hoosier cabinet, and what a wonderful spot you have for it! How nice to be able to open the doors to show off your pretty collections, and to be able to use it to serve at parties. So useful AND so pretty. laurie

Susie Q said...

I love it Sally. I have a hoosier too but sadly, it is downstairs. Decorated and pretty but I wish it was upstairs so I could see it more often. I just have no place for it. : (

Barbara @ Live, Laugh, Love, Recycle said...

Ah! I love Hoosiers! I have one (somewhere on my blog there are pictures), but she was my very first antique, and we spent alot of time together. My husband jokes that he hopes to never make me choose between him and my Hoosier. :-) Yours is beautiful! :-) Barbara