I shared with you on Monday that my dream kitchen would have cabinets built all the way up to the ceiling. I believe that this would help with the endless dusting that occurs when living in a dry dessert. But in my right now house I have cabinets that end a good 18 inches from the ceiling.
So what to do? I like the idea of showcasing a collection. I am a big believer that it should be something that you might find in a kitchen. So enter in my antique French wire basket collection.
I purchased my first French wire basket over 12 years ago at the Metz flea market in France.
I love how the well worn handle was carved with “La Vannerie Metallique” which was probably the name of the company that made the basket.
The basket sits propped up in the corner, visible all the way from the front door.
The strange thing about this photo ~ in real life the angel statue does not appear to have a bad case of the chicken pox. :)
You can also see one of my design secrets.
When I want to alter the height of something I often use a clear glass votive holder on the tops of cabinets. You can’t see it when looking from ground level.
Moving on to the other side of the window is a vintage wire basket propped up with a clear plastic plate holder so that the detail can be seen. A stone bird and faux Ikea plant round out the vignette.
Right next to it are three more antique baskets. Two are egg gathering baskets. The third I hung from a nail in the wall.
Here’s another secret. The tops of my cabinets are not flat. There is about a 2 inch indentation. So occasionally a good book is needed to prop something up to the right height.
The book is barely visible from the ground view.
In the center, over the stove, is an old sled I bought at a flea market in Germany. It was well used on snowy hills while we lived there. The wooden shoes came from a flea in Amsterdam. I am not a t shirt or trinket tourist. I like to select things that tell a story. Much like my living room gallery wall.
Rounding out the collection are three more baskets.
When decorating the tops of cabinets I climb up and down a step ladder at least 100 times.
First I may try a basket lying down to the left.
Then I try it leaning to the right.
It finally feels right to me just standing straight up.
On the cabinet over the top of the refrigerator are my collection of Longaberger baskets.
This too was a work in progress. I tried all brown books.
Then added a blue book.
I also switched out a plant before it felt “right”. It’s a process to be sure.
So those are my cabinet tops. Now some of you may be thinking “It looks pretty empty.” It’s true, I am not a big fan of clutter.
But I also have future plans to tuck in a few seasonal items here and there.
Do you change your kitchen cabinet décor to coincide with the various seasons?
Don’t forget to link up your favorite “pinable” images on Friday!
You DO NOT have to specifically write a post. You can simply enter a direct link to an image you have pinned to your Pinterest boards. This is wonderful for those who may not have a blog but DO have a Pinterest site. I provided instructions on how to link a Pinterest image HERE.