Monday, April 16, 2012

What's in a Reflection



So, what is in a reflection? In this case, from my stack of everyday plates and bowls, there is a reflection of the wood window frame.


Many years ago, following a Martha Stewart trend, I decided to use white for my everyday dishes. Only my plates, bowls, and cups are a collection of thrifted finds, not an expensive matching set. I'm always on the look-out for white bowls.


My kitchen, in the farmhouse, is quite small. When I decided not to have upper cabinets, to open up the view to the garden, I gave up some much needed storage space. The answer was to add shelving in two of the five windows. All the daily used dishes are just a arm reach away. And, the outside view still peeks through everything on the shelf.

Special Note: Susan's Traveling Apron on Table
The kitchen is part of one large room I refer to as the "Keeping Room". It is an old term, from America's Colonial Days, where the hearth was located. I just happen to have a hearth in this large room.

Would you believe the base for my sink was found in a "junk" store? Someone had cut a vintage armoire in half. Because it didn't have a bottom, I was able to purchase it for about $15.00. What a find...I knew it would make a focal point in my kitchen. I set the white tile myself, saving the installation money.

The kitchen was done on a very tight budget, as everything in the farmhouse. Cabinets were purchased as unfinished. A great spray paint job with added wooden knobs, give it the country vintage look.











Even the cabinet, installed above the vent hood, is a thrifted upper portion of a Hoosier cabinet.











Reflection is not the same as living in the past. Reflections.....in a white bowl brought back fond memories of where the journey began with The Farmhouse.

Happy Monday
Meggie Mac

27 comments:

  1. Hi! I recently started following your blog. It's great! I loved the idea of the window shelves. Brilliant!

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    1. Hello....welcome to my blog. I read your post about your Greek Easter....loved it!

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  2. Dear Meggie, Your farm house is very beautiful. I like this style houses so much. and you are very stylish that hyou decorated your kitchen very well. Window shelves is a very good idea. And I must say that I like white plates and bowls too. White seems so pure and clean. And all meal seems more delicious in white plates...
    Very beautiful house... I like so much...

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    1. Hi Beck....thank you. I do use accent plates and bowls of different colors. I can play around with the colors. The color of the food does pop-out with a white plate. Loved the basket you crocheted with the eyelash yarn....

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    1. Thank you!. Remember it was, for the most part, thrifted.
      By the way, that was quite a bowl of oatmeal you did a post on. I think I would be full all day if I ate it. My oatmeal addition is simply milk, pinch of butter, and a squirt of maple syrup.

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  4. I love how your kitchen reflects the quintessential country style and done by "finds." It's a style from my own heart. (And yes, it was interesting we both used "reflection" in our titles.)

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    1. Thanks, Janet....maybe it was last night's storms that connected us!

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  5. Hi Meggie, your kitchen is lovely and the shelves are a good idea. I love the little cupboard above the stove xxx

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    1. Hello Emma.....thank you. You know, I was very lucky to find two different halfs that most people would just pass by. I guess that is why both were so inexpensive.

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  6. I love the simplicity of your farmhouse kitchen Meggie, so homely and comforting..........wish I could pop by for tea, lol. x

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    1. Hello Lily..I like comfortable in home and dress. Every chair has a foot stool or ottoman to put your feet up while taking a break. If you come, I will put the tea on!

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  7. I love your kitchen and your dishes.....I could live here!

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    1. It would be nice if we were neighbors....in Texas, of course! Remember, most things are thrifted or gifted from someone....

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  8. Your kitchen looks beautiful, Meggie! I love how the shelves look across the windows. And that was a great idea for the sink! I love white dishes, too, and am on the lookout for some white pitchers in different sizes.

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    1. Hi Cheryl...The only white pitchers is have a some small creamers. Than you for your sweet comments...

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  9. Meggie, your kitchen is so warm and inviting and I noticed how perfect the apron compliments your "finds." I said, "the apron chooses its recipient," and that couldn't be more true.
    ...by the way, my everyday dishes are also white! XOXO

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    1. Thank you, Susan. "Comfort and "home" are closely related words. Looks like white wins out when it comes to everyday dishes!

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  10. Your kitchen look nice and cosy and I like the white and green in your window.

    Hugs
    Elna

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    1. Hello Elna...thank you for your kind words about my kitchen.

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  11. Several years ago I blogged about how I missed having a kitchen window. I now live in a condo and the kitchen has no window--only a pass-through to the dining room where the window is. I love the wonderful light you have in your kitchen!

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    1. I tried to do it with each room to allow the outside to be seen. After all, you want to see the view when you live in the country.

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  12. Oh Meggie it's beautiful.I love the shelves in the windows.You have such vision where unloved pieces are concerned. I didn't have wall cupboards at my old house. I chose not to as they seemed to close the kitchen in somehow. Not having them meant it was far lighter and brighter. I'm stuck with them here because of the placement of the doors in the kitchen, but at least they are now white and shiny!

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    1. Thank you, Scarlet. I knew you would understand about thrifting. What I must show in another blog, is the 3-door armoire on the other side of the room. I use it for all my extra dishes, microwave, and cookbook storage. Your kitchen re-do is beautiful. I understand how difficult it is to live in a house while it is being renovated!

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  13. That's awesome, Meggie! I've never seen a reflection shot done like that!

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    1. Thanks....I'm thinking seriously of upgrading my camera. I have a less than $200 Nikon I use for the blog. There is so much light in my farmhouse, that it is difficult to photograph without a reflection!

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  14. your kitchen is so very country cute, i lov the shelves across the windows & that you have your table in there is awesome

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