Monday, January 12, 2009

Root and Wine Cellar

Call me crazy but when we first did a walk through of our future house-to-be, I fell in love with the basement. It's a large daylight basement with nice concrete floors, several old windows, a laundry room, a workshop with two large antique work benches, a back door leading up old concrete stairs AND the most adorable old-fashioned root cellar.

Having lived in Maine for my entire twenties, I became well acquainted with basements and their practical beauty. And I thought one day, one day, I will have a house with a basement and in that basement, I will have myself a root cellar.

Well we expanded on that idea and over the past weekend, we finally set up our root and wine cellar.

Where the canning will be stored.

Where the wine will be stored.
These racks are fabulous examples of old-fashioned practicality. The tall long rack is an old Bass shoe rack from Maine. A wonderful organic wine shop I use to frequent in Maine used these racks to display wine and I thought it was such a wonderful revitalization of beautiful craftsmanship.
The green rack is an old bread rack. Again, I just love making use of something that was so tenderly used for something completely different.


  1. Trina, your blog is great! Love the way you post and will certainly be tuning in. Stay in touch.

  2. Trina- now you're killin' me.... where in Maine did you live? Love, love Maine- I've told Dan if he ever comes home and he can't find me I'm probably in Maine!!
    And.... I've been looking for these racks for wine storage in our basement!! But, I'm thinking with your view of the mountain that your basement trumps mine!! joan
    p.s. loving your blog if you can't tell!

  3. Hi Joan, I use to live in Farmington, Maine. I lived there for eleven years - I'm originally from California. Bass Shoe was in the next town over in East Wilton and I remember walking through their old abandoned factory building on the river and there were HUNDREDS of those shoe racks!! The building eventually got converted into artist space so I don't know what happened to the racks. When I came across mine in an antique store out here, it tickled me to read the tag..."Old Bass Shoe rack from MAINE." Crazy huh? It was like reuniting with an old friend ; )


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