Despite the upheaval and prospect of a long and costly renovation project, moving house had undoubtedly been a brilliant step for us. As well as making exciting plans for the house and garden, we have the countryside on our doorstep, the kids are happy at their new school and we’ve met some amazing people, ones I can imagine becoming lifelong friends.
Another plus has been rediscovering our possessions, or rather seeing them in a new light.
We’d found places for everything in our house in London and there everything stayed. Rarely moved around, and pretty much taken for-granted. When we arrived at this house we had to rethink where our furniture lived; the bathroom cabinet has become vital study storage, my son’s old wardrobe now houses dressing up clothes in the playroom. Some things work well, and others less so, but will do for now.
One piece that we’d never really found a decent place for in London was a small glazed antique display cabinet, bought on impulse at an antiques shop a few years ago. Entombed in its packing box for safety, it hadn’t even seen the light of day in the last 18 months or so and we’d kind of forgotten what it looked like.
I finally got around to unpacking it a couple of months ago, and with help from my Dad, hung it in the kitchen. It looks lovely in its new home where it can be admired, and, given its long absence, feels as though we have a new piece of furniture. Not bad going given its something we’ve had for a while.
Finding things to show off in said cabinet is a little tricky however on account of it not being particularly deep, but the vintage tart tins that I found on Etsy recently fit the bill perfectly and bring a homely, rustic touch to the room. They have a great patina on them and I can’t help but wonder who has owned these timeworn pieces before us and what delights they might have made in them.
Although, as you can see, the cabinet is still quite bare, I hope build a small collection over time, especially as they can be put to so many brilliant uses around the house as the ideas below all show.