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Made It Pretty Or At Least Useful

I forgot to tell you what I decided about my bakers rack. At least for now.

I got some really good ideas on the post where I asked for design help but they weren’t quite right. For instance, wine glasses and decorative bottles would be lovely, but sometimes our nest isn’t empty and I’d worry that they’d break. But mostly I’d worry that I’d have to dust.

Placing my cookbooks there is an excellent idea, except that my cookbooks are either freakishly ugly or freakishly embarrassing. (Deep-Fry Cookery? The Peanut Butter Diet? The Dumpling Cookbook? I’m truly ashamed. And hungry.)

I’m a whimsical gal, so I was intrigued by using Barbies to stage the balcony scene from Romeo and Juliet. It had great potential, but my Barbie is missing a leg and the closest I could get to Shakesperian garb was her stewardess outfit. Besides, my hubbie won’t let me play with his GI Joe. (Note above comment about Barbie’s missing leg.)

So I settled on this …

The two wooden dealibobs up top are gifts from my sons … the vase from Guam, the mug from Okinawa. The fruit basket is new and I dropped one of my red bowls in it for the big stuff, but the small or squishy stuff ”” tangerines, heads of garlic, kiwis, avocados ”” fits in the basket on the rack. The digital frame runs day and night, and the placemat is one that my mother-in-law had when they lived in Africa.

The stained-glass heart was also a gift, and the bottle opener is, um, self-explanatory. The empty hooks remain because, well, I’m lazy that way.

So, functional and decorative and that’s how it will remain until I either get some prettier cookbooks or until Barbie grows her leg back.

What do you think? You likey?

Make It Pretty

My house is lived in. Less so since my kids have all moved out, but still.

Over the years we’ve accumulated stuff large and small. I have the coffee table my parents bought when I was 10. During summer vacations it hosted marathon games of Rummy 500, which always began at the opening music of “Match Game” with Gene Rayburn and lasted all the way through “Dark Shadows.”

I have a lovely antique oval table that my mom rescued from her mother-in-law’s house. It was a mess, stained with nail polish from a million careless manicures, sporting a warped top. Mom painstakingly refinished it, learning how to fix the warp too, and commissioned my dad to repair one of the legs.  It has beautiful curved legs and ornate designs and it was my job to dust it. How I hated that table. Then it was mine and I made my daughter dust it. How she hated that table.

When my kids were pre-teens I found a gorgeous ”” and large ”” farmhouse table. When we put in both leaves, we can seat 10 for dinner ”” 12 if we use the piano bench. We even did some remodeling to widen the archway in our dining area to accomodate such crowds. I had visions of being the ‘Thanksgiving Mom’ who hosted the out-of-state friends of her college-aged children. Alas, that never happened, as my daughter was one of the out-of-state kids who needed a Thanksgiving Mom of her own and my boys joined the Navy. Don’t feel sorry for me and my farmhouse table, though … we have both hosted a zillion fun events over the years.

And now I have a new piece of furniture ”” this baker’s rack ”” but I need some design help with it. We bought it mainly for the wine rack below the brown wooden shelf (surprise!), but there are things I can’t quite make a decision about.

See the two half-circle shelves? See how they’re empty?

That’s because I don’t quite know what to use them for. They’re also a weird size. At their widest points they’re 5″ x 11″. And did I mention they’re half circles?! They’re movable, though … I can use both or just one on any of those four bars across. Or neither.

So here’s my question … what would you do with them? Help me make it pretty! (And yes, my house is purple.)