Friday, October 17, 2008

Less is More?

I found this little cupboard a few weeks ago in my friend's junk shop. (Her prices are very reasonable, so its always fatal going to have a look!) I had decided to make a few adjustments to my kitchen revamp that I had done back in August and felt that this would fit in well.

Thankfully, the outside of the glazed cupboard had already been given a nice coat of pale green paint, which looked fine against some of the other accessories in the kitchen.
I wasn't keen on the dark interior though, so gave that a coat of off-white emulsion, and the little door knobs too. You may also have noticed that it is now upside down! I liked the shaped base, but wanted to place it on top of an existing cupboard, so thought this would add a pretty detail along the top instead.

Once it was painted I found it wasn't very practical for all of my glassware, so I had to wait for poor hubby to feel better after a nasty bug, before he could add a simple little shelf inside for me.
This was then painted to match and I added a vintage French muslin frill along the edge.
Well....I arranged all of my glassware inside, but somehow it seemed to be lacking.
I've often tried the 'less is more' approach; and I've seen the word 'simplify' banded about and thought I really must be more focused, but I guess I'm just not the de-cluttered type.
....So I added.....and added....heehee...
lots of pink rosy china and mis-matched cups.....

I can't help it - I'm just an old fashioned girl at heart. I love how this reminds me of little English tea shops in traditional towns and villages; where tea is served with a strainer and slices of cake arrive on floral china plates with starched napkins and silver cutlery.
Hope you all have a lovely weekend,
Niki x


  1. Niki,
    That's very creative of you to turn the little cabinet over. I like the scroll detail at the top. It looks great with all the pretty pink china in it. I love a pink and green color combo.

  2. Anonymous9:12 pm

    I think it looks nice the way it is. Have a wonderful weekend

  3. What a sweet little cabinet. It looks so pretty with all your bits and pieces in it. It is so much fun to arrange a new cupboard with such lovely treasures!

  4. Absolutely charming! I adore it!

  5. LOL! That 'Simplify' sign I always see...makes me laugh...because buying it to display makes things a little more cluttery in itself!
    You did the right thing Niki! (You always do :)

  6. Less? ...I don't know the word. I love the 'cluttered', layered look!

  7. I love the way it looks, you are very creative !

  8. Anonymous7:26 am

    Love love love the cupboard with all the pretty china in it...shove as much of that gorgeousness in that you can, that's what I say!!
    Have a great weekend, kiss noises Linda Lilly Cottage

  9. Anonymous11:56 am

    The "cluttered" look rules as far as I'm concerned! It looks lovely Nikki..have a good weekend,best wishes sue

  10. Anonymous4:39 pm

    I have just found a victorian cupboard and started off very minimal...not for long, it looks much better full to bursting with my vintage china and glass. I love your cupboard Niki, its fabulous. My best wishes Julie.

  11. Jealous I am for sure!! Can I have it when you get bored of it?!! x

  12. What a wonderful idea - I collect pressed glass and I always find it doesnt work when displayed together but once you added colour it brought it alive - I love your photography you have such a wonderful eye for making things look enchanting. Have a nice weekend Helen

  13. Definately a case of "More is More" methinks!!! And how neat that you don't have to dust anything! Perfection! t.x

  14. Oh my goodness, Niki, your kitchen is the prettiest sweetest thing I have seen!
    xoxo, Tiffany

  15. Now THAT was a very crafty idea to turn the cabinet upside down. I don't know if I'd have ever thought of that myself. Turned out wonderfully nice. Gives me inspiration now for the next time I go into a store.

  16. Anonymous8:40 pm

    Your little cupboard is just gorgeous!!! I keep seeing that "less is more thing", and it really looks good for some people...I'm just not one of them. Why do we collect all of these treasures if not to look at them? Follow what you love.
    Sandra B

  17. Gorgeous pictures Niki, thanks so much for the eye candy. You have lovely taste...

    Hen x

  18. Hi Niki

    I'm so glad I left that cupboard for you!! It looks great with your makeover and unique touches.

    I'm longing for the day I can manage organised clutter rather than the total disorganisation that is my home!

    Sue x

  19. Anonymous2:57 pm

    Yes, it really needed the color added. It's really beautiful now. Love your blog.

  20. Anonymous6:40 am

    Love it...a perfect little cupboard. :)

  21. Hi Niki!

    I just love your little cabinet makeover. It's perfect and I'm glad you added the roses things to it. Just makes it that much more lovely. Good job, girl!



  22. Anonymous5:10 pm

    Aaahh so pretty, what a find.
    love Alison x


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