Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Old and New


Our home is filled with a mixed collection of old and new. Perhaps one 
of the most frequent reminders of this is found in our kitchen drawers.  


Our everyday cutlery consists of two mismatched but complimentary sets found several years ago 
at Home Goods. They reside in front of my Grandmother's every day silver plate cutlery that is 
kept in the wicker basket at the back of the drawer. Next to the collection of antique bottle openers 
I've collected are hardware store clothespins used to fasten bags. 

The wood cutlery box was my Grandmothers. 


This old wicker paper basket holds our knives and some of our serving utensils. 

The other kitchen drawer holds mostly new utensils with a few old things mixed in. 

This twenty-piece set of cutlery is from Martha Stewart's old line 
at K-Mart, which I found on sale for $9.99. The wire basket that holds this set 
was found at an antique store. 

My Grandmother's old ice cream scoops co-habitate with the modern metal can opener, scissors 
and peeler. I love the mix between the cool metals and the warmth of the wood and wicker. 

It's amazing to think of the different time periods in which these items were made and originally 
used, yet how compatible they are today. 

Here are the latest additions to our drawers. My mom sent my old baby spoons to us when 
Graham and Margaret started eating solid foods. Each has its own subtle design. These are the 
only baby spoons we use so they're used several times a day. 

xo

69 comments :

My Little Bungalow said...

A peek inside your kitchen drawers ... what an interesting post! We use wooden clothes pins for securing bags of chips and pretzels too. I love the way you display your tools in whicker baskets and old wooden trays! Thanks for sharing!
Claudia

Dianne said...

I love this type post...seeing the inside of drawers. Yours are so neat! Once little hands start digging that neatness will disappear and you won't even mind! :) The baby spoons are so special. I am saving a couple myself for the "one day" grandchild.

Michelle said...

Wish I could keep my drawers that organized. I also have old mixed with new. I like the use of the baskets. I would of never thought of that.It is a great idea.

Sharon@Sharon at Home said...

It looks like your Grandmother's silver was "Lady Hamilton" ... it's the same as my Mother's. I always thought it was a pretty, simple, pattern

katiedid said...

You have inspired me to look for low baskets to fit in my drawers to hold things more neatly! Such beautiful drawer organization!

Corn in my Coffee-Pot said...

Wow! Your pictures make the ordinary look SPECTACULAR!
I love the way you've got things organized inside the kitchen drawers. They are more than functional--but pretty to look at when you pull them open.
Pat

Low Tide High Style said...

You baby spoons are the same pattern as my mother's everyday silverware. I so wish I had taken it when we cleaned out the house. I think it went to my niece though, so it didn't get thrown out. I love all of your old and new mixed together!

Kat :)

Posy and Co. said...

I'm giddy with the lovliness! Thanks so much for sharing with us! Much love, Lisa

Carly said...

Oh these drawers makes me just so happy looking at them! I adore the mix of new and old. Beautiful!

the gardener's cottage said...

trina i remember seeing your first post on this way back when. i love the mix of woods, silver and wicker. i've been on the hunt for wicker baskets ever since. xo janet

Adrienne said...

I love this post! Such a simple thing - storing silverware - but you've done it with such class! I'm going to put clothespins in my kitchen drawer - that's the answer to those awful plastic clips that are sold to serve that purpose. Thanks for the inspiration. Now I think I'll try to find baskets and pretty things to store my utensils in, too.
~Adrienne~

eli Hart said...

I could admire your organization skills . . . but what I "really" admire is the way you not only use your grandmother's things, but the way you obviously treasure them as well.

What a true blessing to have these keepsakes, both big and small, to pass on from generation to generation. It's heart warming - even from a distance.

eli

Windlost said...

You make everything beautiful. I like your everyday pieces as well as the old stuff - can't go wrong with classic! I noticed your Laguiole silver steak knives - they are beautiful. I have two, bought in France!

I think it is even more profound what exquisite taste your grandmother had. I would love to hear more about her life, how she developed her amazing taste, did she have lots of money(!) or just wonderful taste, and where she acquired all her lovely things!

:D
xo Terri

Lee said...

I have my moms old spoons that I would not part with if my life depended on it. I love anything that has a history, don't you. Like my 1912 Clawfoot tub. I love it and I love knowing that I have a part of history.
Love all your posts.

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Flea Market Makeovers said...

I love how you have stored your silver and utensils. How pretty!
Penny

Pamela Gordon said...

I love this post for the neutral colours of the wicker and wood with the silver. You have a lovely collection of tableware. Have a great week! Blessings, Pamela

ChRiS said...

gosh they look like ice tea spoons...which i just found a set 0f 6 at a flea mkt i use em alot they work nice in these deep coffee/tea cups to stir....i never thought of using baskets like you have i love it!!

Diane James Home said...

What a pretty (and useful) way to organize the cutlery drawere - so inspiring as January seems to be the month to organize! Thank you for sharing, Cynthia
PS: I found your fantastic blog through Little Green Notebook and am so happy that I did!

Courtney Lane - Blog said...

Ohh how I love this style. I wouldn't have thought a silverware drawer could be so stylish! Ha. You have a great collection of stuff here :) thanks for sharing!

Courtney Lane
courtneylanemichaels.blogspot.com

Kathy said...

You make the simplest things look lovely. But the thing I love the most is the mix of your grandmothers with your own and your baby spoons.
So very sweet!

slip4 said...

Beautiful organization!

Nanny Kate said...

Thank-you so much for sharing your beautiful home with all of us. I truly enjoy reading your blog, and your home makes me swoon!
Living here in Sydney, Australia we don't really have homes quite like yours but I find your blog very inspirational. My husband and I have renovated a timber cottage and look forward to building a sympathetic extension for it this year.
thanks again for sharing.
x manda

Karen said...

I have always loved your posts but there is something so charming about the old and new in their respective baskets or wood organizer that is so appealing.
Karen

Lynne said...

You tickle my being with smiles . . . taking something each of us look at each day and presenting it to us so beautifully . . .

And I had extra smiles seeing clothes pins which I have used for years for keeping various food bags closed. Works perfectly . . .

I loved seeing your spoons which Graham and Margaret are now using. I still have my children's spoons in my cutlery drawers. Warm memories come to mind when I see their spoons . . .

My favourite post of the day . . .

Revi said...

I love the mix of old and new, rustic and polished. Your collection looks somewhat like my own, only better organized! I'm glad to find your blog.
A new follower,
-Revi

Kara said...

My goodness! Your organization makes me want to head to my kitchen & get organized! My grandmother hasn't given me her silver yet, but I do have several things (including an ice cream scoop!) from my great grandmother.

kayce hughes said...

Those are like works of art!

Tina said...

You live so beautifully...I am so inspired by this! I love your baby spoons, how special that your own children are now using them...love it!! Happy week ahead to you ~ Tina

Anne said...

I love what you've done. I'd love to get my hands on some of that cutlery too! Gorgeous.

xox

New follower here :)

Rustic and White said...

You photographs are lovely and remind me of the things that I have in the kitchen that my mother once used...lovely memories...thank you!!

Blondie's Journal said...

I love how you have mixed the old and new and your grandmothers wooden utensil box is so sweet! I love to collect old silver plate and I have to stop myself from buying more!

XO,
Jane

Stitching At Stone Cottage said...

the bonus of using silver dinner ware is the anti bacterial/microbial qualities that silver possess. 'born with a silver spoon in your mouth' came from the period of history in england during the plague. the rich and famous ate with sliver ware, and it is thought that is why not so many of them got the plague. they were geting the equivalent of antiobtic's from the silver....
i love your house....

Mary Lou said...

You made flatware so interesting!! I have some butter knives that I think match the yellow handles ones in the top middle photo. I would get rid of them if you would like to have them. They have E.P.N.S. on the blade.
Mlrut@cox.net

seashoreknits said...

The wicker baskets mixed with wood cutlery holders - very sweet.
My favorite thing, however? Your grandmother's ice cream scoops.

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

Trina,
Love old and new mixed together!

Blessings,
Linda

Kate said...

Where are the crumbs???? ;)

Whosyergurl said...

Love these photos. I collect old and use it so I have a mixture of old and new, too. I love old silver. I think about the stories they could tell. I even take old silver and use it at work if I have coffee or tea! And, it is sustainable! xo, Cheryl

Leslie said...

Trina, Those baby spoons are precious. Wonderful display - the old and new combined with the the different textures is so pretty. Thanks for sharing!

Elborgi said...

Have a lot old silver spoons, knifes and forks, teapotts, plates and and from my mother in law- but dont use them all
I love such ols things- but my kids? no----- that is work to clean it!
Elma

the growers daughter said...

I remember seeing the inside of your drawers in Country Living and thinking "Wow, even her drawers are gorgeous!". It's a task on my list of things to do when our kitchen gets it's makeover.

Thoughts for the day said...

This was a fun post, and you are definately organized. The use of baskets and wire holders is a wonderful idea and out of the normal 'drawer' style. Bless you as you continue to bless others.

Linda @ bushel and a pickle said...

How I love lovely silverware and gadgets. Your baskets are just perfect. I do love the prettiness of them. I have the same white handled silverware. Mine was on sale a t TJ Maxx. Knew it was for me after 3x of looking at it pondering one 3 seperate occasions!
Have a great day!

kathy said...

Love your mix of old and new. I remember loving this part of the Country Living article, too. It is causing me to rethink my kitchen drawers. Perhaps I could change up a few things! I use wood clothes pins as you do. That is what we did growing up. I love your white handled silverware. I have a set of white mugs that I have had forever from the MS Kmart collection, years ago. They are still favorites. I enjoy your posts very much.

Room to Grow said...

So beautiful! The pieces themselves, as well as your fabulous photos! The fact that you only use those two fancy spoons with your babes is inspiring me...do you hand wash them multiple times a day??

Caterina B said...

The baby spoons look like my mother's silverplate. The name of the pattern was "Remembrance" by 1947 Rogers Bros.

A Country Farmhouse said...

Room to Grow,
I do wash them by hand when they aren't already clean. But they do eat finger foods as well so I don't have to hand wash more than once a day. And when I feed them, they share a spoon so that helps!
Trina

Nantucket Daffodil said...

These images are giving me a homey time to rearrange my drawers kind of feel :)

Ispirato Design said...

Such beautiful images of such an ordinary item. Really well done!

Anonymous said...

Lovely. I, too, feel connected to others by the mix of old and new. My grandson, who is 5, knows who is represented in the drawer and will comment...I am going to use your mama's spoon, which I love hearing. Often he'll say tell me a story about when you were little.
Soon enough his world will be outside of us and later, after he is grown, he'll remember the stories and feel connected to something larger.

Cindy Lou said...

This is just beautiful. I'm running to the thrift store today to hunt for cool, kind a flat baskets to put in my drawers! So organized, I won't have to hunt for the cheese slicer again. Unless some uninspired family member puts the dishes away for me....nah. Thank you! Beautiful post.

Swede Dreamer said...

I am inspired! I have decided to start collecting old cutlery. I love the ones with the old patterns that are worn. Also love your use of old baskets! Great photos!
Angie

HRH Sarah said...

I love your cutlery/flatware collection! I'm a huge fan of silver, silverplate, french ivory, mother of pearl, etc, etc... So much fun to find nice old pieces, and easy to use on a regular basis, unlike some other collectibles. Also loving your lovely organizational system :)

red ticking said...

love love love it all... yours is much more organized than mine! i have piles.. and they grow each week, year...
i think i am addicted to spoons!

wishing you so much joy in the new year sweet friend... xoxo

janice15 said...

Very pretty cutlery and flatware, love the cream color...have a great weekend

Steenkbug said...

I love all your utensils. It's amazing how something so simple can bring so much pleasure. Beautiful just to open up the silverware drawer!

Sivs hus said...

Hello, Wonderful old and new - and beautiful orginazied:-) have a great weend. love Siv in Norway

Barbara said...

Wonderful your drawer with old cutlery. It's amazing how you made interesting photos with ordinary things :-) - I love it!
Greetings from Barbara

annie said...

Not only do I love everything old and new that you have in your drawers, but I love how you have it all arranged in baskets...wicker, wood, wire...it's so beautiful...I love how you have your grandmothers ice cream scoop.

Elizabeth@themustardceiling said...

Your collection of old and new is so beautiful. You truly have a special way of photographing everyday items, making them beautiful.

New England Fine Living said...

Flash back when I saw the baby spoons and now I want to ask my mom if she still has mine. They look exact. I think she got her set from the Betty Crocker book over 40 years ago and she still has the full set in her kitchen.

Blair said...

You live so beautifully, even in the small things, like baby spoons:). I hope you are having a lovely winter with your babies:). xox, Blair

Windy Ridge said...

Oh my, you have inspired me to organize my silverware drawer:)
So pretty!

All the time in the world... said...

old and new. perfect post. i really need to have that icecream scooper in my kitchen one day!

eddieross said...

We love the antique pieces from your Grandmother! The pieces we've collected from our Grandparents are the most special to us. Love seeing all this!
xo E + J

brock street said...

this is pure magic in my mind. very inspired...per usual :)

Brooke said...

Love the baby spoons! I have just recently been letting my toddler feed himself with some small bamboo spoons I got as a gift at a pampered chef party, they work really well since the baby food sticks better to the wood when he is feeding himself. They are like these: http://www.pamperedchef.com/ordering/prod_details.tpc?prodId=30992&catId=179&parentCatId=179&outletSubCat=

so cute!

summersoul said...

i love this post. I am currently working on one featuring my hotel silver. So our minds are on the same thing I guess. Have a great weekend

Mc

Felicia said...

How brave of you to post on kitchen drawer content--with pictures!! It shows how truly organized you are and reveals an undeniable attention to detail. Lovely!!

Lisa said...

So sweet. I smiled as I saw the pieces from your grandmother. Mine passed away in July and while I was fortunate to receive so many things from her home, one of my favorite things that now sits in my kitchen are her mixing bowls. Something about using what was hers, that she used every day to prepare meals for her family, brings me so much joy.

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