Wednesday, December 18, 2019

The Holiday Cupboard 2019

Bill made this cupboard for me in the late 80s. It was in the dining room at all our previous houses but after country decor hit the skids, I moved it out and replaced it with something a little more formal. 

It was in the garden room for the longest time and after I started blogging it became a place to show off collectables. It's one of my favorite areas to decorate for the different seasons and holidays. 

Here it is in relation to the front door and the dining room. 

 Bill had had enough of the piano, during the great flooring project of 2019. He didn't play the piano yet, we got custody of it. 
I heard him tell my family the other day that the music teacher said that he could not read music.
I guess they just ceased to try. However, he is a savant in that he can sing along with a song he's never heard before. It's freaky! 
Side story - sorry. 

The dresser in the entry way got moved to the piano corner and this cupboard got moved to the entry. 
I like it here. Bill wasn't confident in his woodworking skills and still thought it a little primitive but I'm enjoying having it as a hint that a crazy collector lives here. 

I did show some restraint because my elf collection didn't make it out onto the cupboard.

The plaid pieces did and I've dotted the space with some of the sweet deer I've collected. 

It has a cute cabin and rustic theme. 

I love how the top came out. The thermos holder is new. It adds a pop of plaid amongst the rest of the picnic and lunch tins.

The red picnic basket came from Bill's mom. The rest were thrifted. 
Scotch tape has nothing to do with this display but I love the tin. 

A pine garland from Laura @ Decor to Adore dances across the top. 

 The green transferware creates a good back drop for the collectables. 
I adore the cute deer letter holder. I'm sure this is some sort of souvenir piece. It is hand made and hand painted. It reminds me of something I'd seen on vacation with our grandparents in Wisconsin.
Where are the Minnetonka Moccasins to go with it? 

Cute log cabins are sprinkled in with my log cabin water color from a few years ago. 
I need to paint more! It's so much fun. 

I love the Pinterest inspired lunch tin filled with greens, a vintage tree topper, a deer from Joann's and a darling ornament made by my friend, Laura from Decor to Adore. I have two of her limited ornaments and I just adore them. 
She sells them each Christmas to raise money for charity. A win for all. 

I'm new to the fairy light scene but it is so much fun. 

 I went on a brass polishing kick. It's brought new life to some of our old brass, yet they still retain some of their patina. 

Adirondack frames are perfect with this display. 
The black and white is an old post card. The Currier and Ives print was from my grandparent's cottage. 

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Have a great day. 


  1. Love the rustic cabin theme with all the vintage plaid accessories. Those Adirondack frames and the old photo are so wonderful. How great that you have that old pic of the cabin. The little lunch pail with the deer and fairy lights is so sweet. fairy lights are the icing on the cake! You have such a beautiful entry and that cupboard looks perfect there! Have a great rest of the week.

  2. What a great piece to share all your seasonal pretties, Katie. I love that checked tin basket..Have a wonderful Christmas..Judy

  3. Your vintage piece on the cupboard are so sweet and so festive. Love it all. Have a wonderful rest of this week leading up to the big day.

  4. There is so much to love here, Katie but I'll pick up a couple that made my heart swoon a little -- that adorable reindeer letter holder and your watercolor. I hope you paint more -- this is wonderful. Love the whole cupboard. It's rather perfect!

  5. Absolutely darling! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm!