Dust is settling and moving update…..

Before I begin this post, I want to thank the 50 or so of you who so kindly and generously gave so much amazing information on London. Wendy and I are both so grateful and now I am craving a trip there myself. Needless to say several already told me they are bookmarking this post as I already have. You are the best! Fodors has nothing on you!

Hi, well suffice to say I am feeling a little calmer today than I was this time last week. I cannot believe we have been in the house 10 days! It has been exhausting, exciting beyond description and exhilarating all at the same time. Moving is no laughing matter and the last time I did a big move where I fully unpacked was 10 years ago and lets just say theres a big difference between 30 something and 40 something:) But I do believe the worst, most exhausting and hardest part is over and I will admit its been fun opening up boxes and rediscovering so many of my pretty little treasures (treasures to me).?



At this point I am putting things away and know that they will be rearranged all over again in the future. After all that is part of the fun, don’t you think? I remember after being in our old house even after 7 or 8 years, I was still always fiddling around, adding to, moving things around. So here’s some of the latest, not a tremendous difference from last weeks post but little things here and there, a real hodge podge of things happening around here….

Though I am petrified of heights, had to share this cool view from 2nd floor down to basement
Teddy adjusting to his new digs, took a few days!! Thanks to many of you who asked about how he was doing!
Finally he is happy…….

I love the sun that streams through in the late morning
Feeling right at home….and that window is perfect because he can see right through!
Remember the hardware for island? Well here it is completed, love it

Family room is a room we are enjoying immensely!
Got the antique mirror and panel applied above opening (hard to see the ant. mirror in this pic)
2 chairs flanking doors in my room
My favorite chest, this picture shows the color better for those who asked…..

Beautiful desk and chair from France

Floors all done
Small landing
More boxes arriving……WARNING for anyone not into china,silver,etc…this might be incredibly boring to those of you not obsessed with this stuff 🙂
Loved getting reacquainted with all my goodies and collectibles!
Love these glasses, but upset that I so far haven’t found them all!
My beautiful antique Limoges

Love this service too!

And of course always had a weakness for beautfiful silver pieces……

And my pair of crystal dolphin bowls

My silver ice bucket from my wedding!
One of my favorite gallery trays (yes thats Dayquil on the tray) forgot to take it off, was about to take it for the cold I have been fighting:)?
Love the detailing on this exquisite soup ladle, I bought at an antiques store in Vermont

Love this beautiful little covered dome dish for things like asparagus or veges

Isn’t this cherub dish beautiful?

Love and missed my Dolphin crystal bowls

Love this silver angel compote dish, its quite old
The Limoges to my left were the very first set of Limoges that I bought!

My good luck “charm”, my wedding cake topper from 26 years ago! Its goes wherever we go!

Love my coffee and tea pots in silver

Remember these little beauties that I found at the antique store?

This is a beautiful service from Nippon

Lots of polishing in the future!

And at the end of another long day of unpacking, a dear friend brought?over these scrumptious cupcakes from a favorite bakery and the most beautiful housewarming gift, this stunning William Yeoward domed cake plate!! Love it……

Clearly it has many new “family members” to get acquainted with and plenty of company:)

Love it!! Will be cherished for many years to come……

We are using the family room a lot, its such a comfortable and cozy room

I am sorry for including so many pictures of the china, crystal, etc…clearly you can see I love that stuff! For anyone like me, hopefully you enjoyed it and sorry for boring anyone else. Its just so exciting for me to see these things after being in hiding for 4 years!! Much more to come soon I promise! Enjoy your day….

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Dust is settling and moving update…..

Before I begin this post, I want to thank the 50 or so of you who so kindly and generously gave so much amazing information on London. Wendy and I are both so grateful and now I am craving a trip there myself. Needless to say several already told me they are bookmarking this post as I already have. You are the best! Fodors has nothing on you!

Hi, well suffice to say I am feeling a little calmer today than I was this time last week. I cannot believe we have been in the house 10 days! It has been exhausting, exciting beyond description and exhilarating all at the same time. Moving is no laughing matter and the last time I did a big move where I fully unpacked was 10 years ago and lets just say theres a big difference between 30 something and 40 something:) But I do believe the worst, most exhausting and hardest part is over and I will admit its been fun opening up boxes and rediscovering so many of my pretty little treasures (treasures to me). 

At this point I am putting things away and know that they will be rearranged all over again in the future. After all that is part of the fun, don’t you think? I remember after being in our old house even after 7 or 8 years, I was still always fiddling around, adding to, moving things around. So here’s some of the latest, not a tremendous difference from last weeks post but little things here and there, a real hodge podge of things happening around here….

Though I am petrified of heights, had to share this cool view from 2nd floor down to basement
Teddy adjusting to his new digs, took a few days!! Thanks to many of you who asked about how he was doing!
Finally he is happy…….

I love the sun that streams through in the late morning
Feeling right at home….and that window is perfect because he can see right through!
Remember the hardware for island? Well here it is completed, love it

Family room is a room we are enjoying immensely!
Got the antique mirror and panel applied above opening (hard to see the ant. mirror in this pic)
2 chairs flanking doors in my room
My favorite chest, this picture shows the color better for those who asked…..

Beautiful desk and chair from France

Floors all done
Small landing
More boxes arriving……WARNING for anyone not into china,silver,etc…this might be incredibly boring to those of you not obsessed with this stuff 🙂
Loved getting reacquainted with all my goodies and collectibles!
Love these glasses, but upset that I so far haven’t found them all!
My beautiful antique Limoges

Love this service too!

And of course always had a weakness for beautfiful silver pieces……

And my pair of crystal dolphin bowls

My silver ice bucket from my wedding!
One of my favorite gallery trays (yes thats Dayquil on the tray) forgot to take it off, was about to take it for the cold I have been fighting:) 
Love the detailing on this exquisite soup ladle, I bought at an antiques store in Vermont

Love this beautiful little covered dome dish for things like asparagus or veges

Isn’t this cherub dish beautiful?

Love and missed my Dolphin crystal bowls

Love this silver angel compote dish, its quite old
The Limoges to my left were the very first set of Limoges that I bought!

My good luck “charm”, my wedding cake topper from 26 years ago! Its goes wherever we go!

Love my coffee and tea pots in silver

Remember these little beauties that I found at the antique store?

This is a beautiful service from Nippon

Lots of polishing in the future!

And at the end of another long day of unpacking, a dear friend brought over these scrumptious cupcakes from a favorite bakery and the most beautiful housewarming gift, this stunning William Yeoward domed cake plate!! Love it……

Clearly it has many new “family members” to get acquainted with and plenty of company:)

Love it!! Will be cherished for many years to come……

We are using the family room a lot, its such a comfortable and cozy room

I am sorry for including so many pictures of the china, crystal, etc…clearly you can see I love that stuff! For anyone like me, hopefully you enjoyed it and sorry for boring anyone else. Its just so exciting for me to see these things after being in hiding for 4 years!! Much more to come soon I promise! Enjoy your day….

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A new twist on an old classic….Butlers pantries!



Good morning…the situation in Japan sadly is evolving, to become an even more catastrophic one than what was originally suggested. I had a feeling that the death toll and level of destruction would be great, with such a devastating earthquake. All we can do is pray for the people of Japan and ask God to look over and protect them and help them with the recovery process. On our end, we should all take the time to give thanks for even the smallest things…..if it shows us one thing, it is that life is more precious than we can possibly imagine and we must covet and cherish what we have.

I came across this short, to the point list of ways we can help through Time’s newsfeed….click?


click?here?for more information……

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I love the look of a beautiful old world butlers pantry. Especially if the ceilings are nice and tall and the cabinets are taken straight up. Butlers pantries have made a comeback and a big one at that! Once used in larger, grander traditional homes, they are now being put into all styles and sizes of homes, more than ever. They were traditionally used for storage, for things like silver, linens, china services,etc…..now they are used for everything from storage to prep to serving. And it has been told that this is one of the most requested rooms in new construction since the mid 1990’s…..interesting, how the old eventually becomes the new again.

Pantries can be as small as a single hutch or as large as a kitchen..but suffice to say there are so many fabulous things one can do when designing a butlers pantry…..?whether to go all the way up to the ceiling with the cabinets even if it means creating smaller boxed cabinetry on top that might never get used. Whether to use all wood, glass or metal screened doors or a combination of the three. What kind of counter tops to use..I am always a huge fan of marble. What kinds of appliances, sinks,etc..you might need and of course establishing what the needs are of the?butlers pantry.

?Will this really be used as a smaller prep kitchen or is it just another beautiful space to store and display gorgeous things? Beautiful things can come in small packages as is evidenced by the gorgeous spaces in today’s post. i think its all about scale, execution, texture, and of course the finish. Lighting helps as does the selection of counter tops and back splashes. So many variables..no wrong or right away..it all comes down to personal taste, budget and style. I love each and every one of these……do you have a favorite? How do you like to use a butlers pantry? Would you want one?



Tish Key designed this stunning dramatic black stained butlers pantry
Morgan Creek designed this attractive green glazed pantry with lots of glass
I like the glass sliding doors leading to this pantry with plenty of open shelves
This is neat, a door leading to the open shelved pantry has a chalk board application…what better place to jot things down! Atticmag
Gorgeous gray butlers pantry, belongs to Gina of Willow Decor..love how it goes all the way up to the ceiling and of course all that glass makes for a dramatic space!
You can get funky, here an interior barn door against a chalk board wall is the entrance to this pantry…atticmag
Crown point went all the way up in this attractive small butlers pantry
Wow this is dramatic…a blue lacquered butlers pantry, tons of space and really different! Colleen Fox Interiors
Beautiful tall creamy white butlers pantry, love the water German water glass, Maurys Place
Beautiful dark wood stained butlers pantry topped with luxurious white marble..a winner!
Beautiful dramatic all lead glassed doored pantry, by Morgan Creek
Something about a white pantry topped with dark counter tops and lots of glass that is classic
Habersham created this black distressed butlers pantry/hutch
Incredible pantry lined with glass fronted cabinets…an abundance of space with a small island!
Dransfield and Ross designed this cozy old fashioned feeling butlers pantry
Love this rich dark navy butlers pantry in all its glossy finished glory!
This gorgeous pantry in all its creamy white glory used brass hardware to dress it up
Apply green pantry..love the ladder, the glass cabinets and the open plates for shelving…not sure about the color though…Colleen Fox
Cozy and traditional painted butlers pantry, love the checkerboard floor, photo by Bill Leddon
Fabulous creamy colored butlers pantry with pretty leaded glass, Morgan Creek
A multi purpose pantry with pull out shelves and lots of storage by Superior woodcraft
Lots of open shelving in this country feeling butlers pantry
Habersham designed this distressed green glazed pantry, interesting scroll work on the doors
A butlers pantry that doubles as a pretty decorative hutch
Beautiful art deco feeling butlers pantry, gorgeous teak countertops, Willowbrook
One of my all time favorites, the color, all the glass, the marble and the hardware…all beautiful
Elizabeth Kimberly designed this pretty gray painted hutch/butlers pantry
Kitchen Lab created this small pantry off the main kitchen, love the black walls and marble!
Morgan Creek designed this fabulous gray/green butlers pantry..love the dimaond leaded glass…beautiful!
This is a mega pantry! With another set of full appliances, it is the ultimate prep pantry.
A small set of glass french doors leads to this small pantry….lovely
Morgan Creek designed this gorgeous pantry with a heavy glazing and lots of glass doors for displaying….nicely done
This large European feeling pantry was painted in a pale blue with white hardware
This is different, a wall of books leads to a glass doored pantry full of open shelving!

So what do you think? Anything you absolutely love? Do you think a butlers pantry serves a real purpose beyond a pretty display room? Would you want one? Would love to know! Have a wonderful day!

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A new twist on an old classic….Butlers pantries!


Good morning…the situation in Japan sadly is evolving, to become an even more catastrophic one than what was originally suggested. I had a feeling that the death toll and level of destruction would be great, with such a devastating earthquake. All we can do is pray for the people of Japan and ask God to look over and protect them and help them with the recovery process. On our end, we should all take the time to give thanks for even the smallest things…..if it shows us one thing, it is that life is more precious than we can possibly imagine and we must covet and cherish what we have.
I came across this short, to the point list of ways we can help through Time’s newsfeed….click 
click here for more information……
                             


I love the look of a beautiful old world butlers pantry. Especially if the ceilings are nice and tall and the cabinets are taken straight up. Butlers pantries have made a comeback and a big one at that! Once used in larger, grander traditional homes, they are now being put into all styles and sizes of homes, more than ever. They were traditionally used for storage, for things like silver, linens, china services,etc…..now they are used for everything from storage to prep to serving. And it has been told that this is one of the most requested rooms in new construction since the mid 1990’s…..interesting, how the old eventually becomes the new again.
Pantries can be as small as a single hutch or as large as a kitchen..but suffice to say there are so many fabulous things one can do when designing a butlers pantry….. whether to go all the way up to the ceiling with the cabinets even if it means creating smaller boxed cabinetry on top that might never get used. Whether to use all wood, glass or metal screened doors or a combination of the three. What kind of counter tops to use..I am always a huge fan of marble. What kinds of appliances, sinks,etc..you might need and of course establishing what the needs are of the butlers pantry.
 Will this really be used as a smaller prep kitchen or is it just another beautiful space to store and display gorgeous things? Beautiful things can come in small packages as is evidenced by the gorgeous spaces in today’s post. i think its all about scale, execution, texture, and of course the finish. Lighting helps as does the selection of counter tops and back splashes. So many variables..no wrong or right away..it all comes down to personal taste, budget and style. I love each and every one of these……do you have a favorite? How do you like to use a butlers pantry? Would you want one?

Tish Key designed this stunning dramatic black stained butlers pantry
Morgan Creek designed this attractive green glazed pantry with lots of glass
I like the glass sliding doors leading to this pantry with plenty of open shelves
This is neat, a door leading to the open shelved pantry has a chalk board application…what better place to jot things down! Atticmag
Gorgeous gray butlers pantry, belongs to Gina of Willow Decor..love how it goes all the way up to the ceiling and of course all that glass makes for a dramatic space!
You can get funky, here an interior barn door against a chalk board wall is the entrance to this pantry…atticmag
Crown point went all the way up in this attractive small butlers pantry
Wow this is dramatic…a blue lacquered butlers pantry, tons of space and really different! Colleen Fox Interiors
Beautiful tall creamy white butlers pantry, love the water German water glass, Maurys Place
Beautiful dark wood stained butlers pantry topped with luxurious white marble..a winner!
Beautiful dramatic all lead glassed doored pantry, by Morgan Creek
Something about a white pantry topped with dark counter tops and lots of glass that is classic
Habersham created this black distressed butlers pantry/hutch
Incredible pantry lined with glass fronted cabinets…an abundance of space with a small island!
Dransfield and Ross designed this cozy old fashioned feeling butlers pantry
Love this rich dark navy butlers pantry in all its glossy finished glory!
This gorgeous pantry in all its creamy white glory used brass hardware to dress it up
Apply green pantry..love the ladder, the glass cabinets and the open plates for shelving…not sure about the color though…Colleen Fox
Cozy and traditional painted butlers pantry, love the checkerboard floor, photo by Bill Leddon
Fabulous creamy colored butlers pantry with pretty leaded glass, Morgan Creek
A multi purpose pantry with pull out shelves and lots of storage by Superior woodcraft
Lots of open shelving in this country feeling butlers pantry
Habersham designed this distressed green glazed pantry, interesting scroll work on the doors
A butlers pantry that doubles as a pretty decorative hutch
Beautiful art deco feeling butlers pantry, gorgeous teak countertops, Willowbrook
One of my all time favorites, the color, all the glass, the marble and the hardware…all beautiful
Elizabeth Kimberly designed this pretty gray painted hutch/butlers pantry
Kitchen Lab created this small pantry off the main kitchen, love the black walls and marble!
Morgan Creek designed this fabulous gray/green butlers pantry..love the dimaond leaded glass…beautiful!
This is a mega pantry! With another set of full appliances, it is the ultimate prep pantry.
A small set of glass french doors leads to this small pantry….lovely
Morgan Creek designed this gorgeous pantry with a heavy glazing and lots of glass doors for displaying….nicely done
This large European feeling pantry was painted in a pale blue with white hardware
This is different, a wall of books leads to a glass doored pantry full of open shelving!

So what do you think? Anything you absolutely love? Do you think a butlers pantry serves a real purpose beyond a pretty display room? Would you want one? Would love to know! Have a wonderful day!

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