from Bits 'n Pieces Inventory preparation,
On Crooked Creektt today,
I added creamy winter whites to the built~in china cabinet.
Winter on the Prairie of Kansas can be quite challenging.
Usually mid~February will find us with mounds of ice and snow.
Today. . .it's 68 degrees!
I took advantage
of the sun shining through the opened patio doors
by removing the pine cones and faux evergreen boughs
from the interior of the built~in china cabinet.
Once I had removed all the Silvery Shimmer. . .(here),
a quick wiping down of the cabinet shelves and washing of the glass doors,
I began to challenge myself by only using creamy ivory and white.
I placed two of my vintage creamy ivory serving platters
centered on the top shelf. The platter on the left has no identifying label.
The platter on the right bears this labeling on the back,
D. E. McNicol, Vitrified China, Clarksburg, W. Va. 1929.
Since there is no plate rail in the interior of the cabinet,
I decided to place the platters on easels for more stability and height.
the smaller serving platter wouldn't stand alone.
Each time I stood it up, down it slid.
Better be safe than sorry, I say.
came my Avon pear tea pot, sugar and creamer.
This is my all~time favorite tea pot!
The right side of the top shelf showcases my Homer~Laughlin
gravy boat atop a Homer~Laughlin petite oval serving dish.
Always the greatest challenge,
the middle shelf is barely eight inches in height!
I chose to add my creamy ivory serving bowl
and stock it full of salad/soup bowls.
* * * * * * * Tip * * * * * * *
Place the glass lid from one of your jar candles
inside the bottom of the bowl, then stack the smaller bowls atop the lid.
It makes a "perfect" riser. The plastic rim holds items firmly in place.
it remains invisible to the unknowing eye.
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The right side of the middle shelf took several attempts
until I was satisfied with the overall outcome.
I placed my Johnson Bros. England
petite dessert plate on an easel as a backdrop to my stack
of Syracuse . China 95 . E U.S.A. desserts
and placed my four unmarked ironstone butter pats beside them.
Not feeling adequate symmetry for my usual Traditional Style Decor,
I tried once again by re~arranging the bottom shelf.
This was getting better,
but still like a souffle gone flat in "my mind's eye"!
The England white swirl patterned creamer
combined with my Syracuse China U.S.A. bowls keeps the visual direction
of left~to~right flowing gently across to the unmarked stack of dinner plates.
The addition of my McCoy bowl atop the stacked dinner plates
gave a more cohesive appeal, while blending creamy ivory with white.
Once I was pleased with the effect of the bottom shelf,
I realized the "perfect" accessory for the middle shelf.
A white ceramic single pear.
By removing two of the butter pats and adding the sculptural pear,
I was able to achieve the needed visual height.
I'm quite pleased with the challenges
I faced and overcame with creating Creamy Winter Whites
within the built~in china cabinet On Crooked Creektt.
Much like the fresh air from my opened patio doors. . .
this creamy winter white cabinet is a welcome change!
Until next time. . .
On Crooked Creektt will be joining
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be sure to visit each for you'll come away
with amazing ideas for your own home decor!