My passion, after my family of course, is Treasure Hunting. The simple beauty of things from by-gone eras have always spoken to me. Whether these treasures are found at a flea market, fine antique store, estate sale, thrift shop, or in the family attic, surprises abound.
As an interior designer, I believe it is vital to balance your decor by including found and family treasures. Surrounding yourself with things you love should always be the goal, from there you will find your true style.
As I shop, I may have a client in mind or I may want to resell at our french flea market or in my shop. I am lucky to have several outlets for my treasures including my own home! I plan to share my searching, hunting, travels, and treasures with you and encourage you to enjoy adding your treasures to your home.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Drawer = More Counter Space

I don't know very many people, even those with their dream kitchens, that say I have more counter space than I need. My home (built in 1912) and my store (built in 1917) have their original kitchen footprints including counter space. Therefore, I never seem to have enough counter area, anywhere. With that in mind, today I was setting up for our Valentine's event at Le Potager. Our new spring vignettes are set up throughout the store and decor has taken over an area I usually use to serve food and beverages during our events. I have a little trick that I use quite often and I called into action once again today.
I enlisted an old potting cabinet on our back courtyard.
Opened the second drawer down. Placed a terra cotta pot upside down in the center (for extra support).
I laid the old enamel seed sign on top of the open drawer and closed the drawer, wedging in the sign.
Voila! This creates a rustic platform to use as a serving sideboard.
I decided that rustic was not the look I wanted for our valentine's champagne and chocolat offerings.
I wrapped the sign with a spring floral fabric and surrounded the plateaus with giant pink peonies. 
Just add champagne & chocolates!
Inside the shop I needed to add some great new travel candles to this small area where we display French soaps and fun girlie things. I used the same drawer trick with a vintage mirrored vanity tray.
The result is more useable counter space. I use this same idea at home as well. When entertaining, I have a piece of marble that spans several open drawers in my kitchen creating much needed additional serving area. The nice part of using marble is I can just lay cheeses, fruit and crackers directly on it. Butcher block would work well also. Be creative, have fun.

1 comment:

  1. Ingenious idea - I used to work in retail and we would do that occasionally. Our newer version cabinets actually had pull out trays to highlight items, yet not lose the storage of the drawer.


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