Saturday, March 18, 2023

Hunt Board & Art Wall in My Kitchen's Nook under Attic Stairs

I am standing in front of the door that opens into my kitchen off the vestibule. The Dutch door for my office/pantry is behind me. You can see a corner of my farm table in lower right corner. The shiny thing on right is my refrigerator. This little nook is another favorite area in my cottage that evolved over the years. The sideboard was my mother's and was in her apartment downstairs until she died in 2012. We bought it together at an estate sale in Madison,NJ. We toured the sale, I bought a few things, and when we got in the car I asked her if she wanted the sideboard for her room with the sliding glass door and she immediately said YES. We rushed back and bought it ($100.00) just in the nick of time before another person said she wanted it but we were already in negotiations and had paid!!!!!! My mother used it in her sitting room and loved it. I love it too! It's just the right scale for this nook with a low ceiling. The back wall is clad in old wood that was attic flooring salvaged when the roof of my kitchen was raised during the renovation. The lamps with blue silk shades came from a local estate sale. 

I have been gathering things all week for a Girl Scout Textile Drive at a nearby elementary school. I cleaned out stored linens and blankets and used clothing. The girls were young and very enthusiastic about the volume I collected. They were going to sort for the homeless and donate the rest for textile bundling to be picked up and made into rag rugs. I hope they do this again next year. Such a worthy cause and so easy to drop off. This is my favorite kind of recycling and donating.

Have a great weekend. xo


Tasha T said...

I love your little nook and especially the wonderful sideboard. I can see why your mother loved it, and now it's in your home you have a sweet memory of the day you went with her to the sale and brought it home.
You have made a generous donation to the Girl Scout Drive for the homeless and I'm sure they are very grateful. The mention of rag rugs has brought a sweet memory of my mother and watching her make them for the kitchen years ago when I was very young. Thank you for posting.

Content in a Cottage said...

Tasha T -- The small sideboard is perfect for my nook and the memories that go with it are priceless. I had a slant front desk in that spot for years and now it's in my living room. Almost everything I own has a memory attached. That's the beauty of buying antiques and previously owned items of any age.
I grew up with rag rugs in my bedroom. Watching you mother make them for the kitchen is a special memory of your childhood.
xo, Rosemary

Pam said...

Such an attractive nook and it's really hard to imagine it without the sideboard. Thank you for sharing the story behind it. It's wonderful to have those sweet memories of special times shared with your mom.

I hope the Girl Scout Drive is successful--such a worthy effort.

Content in a Cottage said...

Pam -- I agree with you! The sideboard is so perfect in this space it's hard to imagine anything else there. The scale of the piece is just right too. I enjoyed "the hunt" for it with my mom and the many memories of our outings together.

I dropped off my donations in the first hour yesterday and the Girl Scouts had already filled many of their containers. It was from 10am-2pm and then a big truck was coming for loading everything up. I think I can safely say it was a big success. The unique thing about this drive was you could donate items with rips and stains if they were clean. All the mothers of children at this elementary school were definitely taking advantage of this opportunity.
xo, Rosemary

Tara Dillard said...

Great shot, beautiful everything. And story.

I like to imagine, Webster was in the car with you and your mom, buying the huntboard.

Big Hug.............XOT

Lisa D. said...

I love your nook, Rosemary, but I absolutely adore your gorgeous wood ceiling!

annette said...

Love the story and the Girl Scouts hard work! Beautiful photo,as usual.xo

Content in a Cottage said...

Tara Dillard -- Tara, Thanks so much. Fond memories.
xo, Rosemary

Content in a Cottage said...

Lisa D. -- Thank you for the nook love. I love my plank ceiling and put it on my attic ceiling too. I can't imagine looking up and seeing anything else.
xo, Rosemary

Content in a Cottage said...

annette -- I'm sure those Girl Scouts were happy and earned merit badges for this great idea and their hard work. I'm so happy I saw their circular online in time to help them. I'm glad you like my photo.
xo. Rosemary

Karen said...

Another lovely room . . . .and isn't it a wonderful bonus to an already gorgeous piece - the sweet story of your Mom! Thanks so much for sharing:)

Content in a Cottage said...

Karen -- Happy First Day of Spring! I loved the style and lines of this piece while it was still in the home of the original owner. She sold her house and it was going to be demolished for a new house which just needed a little love in my opinion. There's way too much of this going on all around me and it's sad. Luckily I still had my SUV and we took the sideboard home right away and it was perfect. Happy memories.
xo, Rosemary