Thursday, January 21, 2016

Hidden treasure ~

After the holidays when I was putting everything away. I realized how many lovely silver pieces I have. I usually take them out to use for special occasions such as holiday dinners. During the rest of the time, for the most part because silver tarnishes, I try to keep it in stored wrapped up with tarnish strips.

But what's the fun in that. 


I have always wanted a butler's pantry and that simply isn't going to happen so I decided that for the winter months I would turn one of the kitchen cabinets into my version of one. And into it just like a real butler's pantry in a wonderful English county house would go of most of my silver. It's my little version of Downton Abby. 

So instead of hidden away it is out for the next few months to enjoy.

I really don't know where it all came from, some were wedding gifts, the coffee and tea service were given to me for my twenty fifth wedding anniversary. Many of the trays my brother gave me. The two chafing dishes were year sale finds. The two bridal baskets are antiques, one from a family friend and the other from a thrift store.

The candelabras, tea caddy and tea strainer were my Mothers and the exquisite little bud vase I bought on a whim at a lovely florist shop as a gift to myself.

Later this Spring, when it all will get stored away again there probably will be lots of polishing to do but right now it gives me great pleasure every time I walk into the kitchen. It has been rather like a hidden treasure in my own house.

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  1. Your silver is very pretty displayed in your "butler's pantry." Very Downton Abbey! Isn't that a fun show? I have a very few silver pieces and would love to have more. Antique and thrift stores would be a good place to begin.

  2. I have that same tray...the one at the top shelf with the reticulated edging!
    Your creativity knows no that you have a new butler's pantry...and I am reminded of that phrase "where there is a will there is a way!"

    1. I love that tray, it is my favorite. My Brother gave it to me.

  3. Your silver is so lovely. You should display it all the time. If you are like me, I have so may lovely prices of silver, crystal and china and i hardly ever use it.
    Have a wonderful weekend.

  4. Looking at your lovely silver pieces on display, I am reminded of Emma Bombeck's piece on if she had her life to live over. She stated she would use all the "good pieces" instead of storing them away. It's too late for her, but not for us. I think I will get it all out or get rid of it. Thanks for the inspiration.

  5. Since he retired, The Great Dane has been my official silver polisher. I keep mine out all the time - I like the gleam on a dull day, when the lamplight catches the curve of a pot - and I like the sparkle on a sunny day. I think your display is lovely!

  6. Hi Adrienne, Your version of the Butler's pantry turned out quite wonderful! Such pretty silver pieces!
    Thanks so much for visiting my New Lady of the House post. Emma is a lovely name, thank you for the suggestion.
    Have a great weekend,

  7. What a charming idea! It's lovely to look at and seems the perfect, personal farewell to last season of Downton Abbey.

  8. Oh Adrienne, this is more like a treasure trove!!! You have so many wonderful pieces and you should have it out to enjoy. I love that cabinet you have it in---beautiful and very, very Downton Abbey!
    sending hugs your way...

  9. What a good idea to showcase your silver in the kitchen cabinet. Certainly so much better than to store it away where no one can enjoy it.

  10. So glad you have your silver on Downtown Abbey and you have very pretty pieces of silver! I love the tea caddy and strainer!


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