I haven’t always liked antiques, but when I was a young bride and building our first nest, we couldn’t afford new things and I had no choice but to decorate with handed down old stuff and shop at thrift stores and estate sales.

Northern kitchen

I did my best with attic decor and through the years it actually developed into a style I like to live in.

 A rustic-farm-old world-shabby-cottage style, you could call it.

 Now I actually choose old before new.

When our parents downsized their homes, my husband and I inherited many things that once belonged to them as well as our grandparents and great grandparents.

Old tins, lanterns, kettles, wooden bowls, cast iron frying pans, linens and on and on.


As a lover of history, I enjoy living with these treasures from the past.

I feel as instant calm.

dreamy white

They remind me of simpler and quieter times.

Each item has a story.

I may not know every story but I feel a connection to the past when I am surrounded by these bits of history.

table of treasures

I imagine the hands of my great grandma using these objects when they were new and modern.

vintage treasures

A few years ago I painted our 108 year old kitchen in shades of warm gold, olive and brown giving it a bygone farmhouse look just right for these old treasures to be on display.

A very warm and cozy room.

teacup pasture for miniture cows

cozy kitchen

However, I’ve never been a fan of the dark wood cupboards also too many old things were cluttering up the kitchen.

Time for a change!

Out with the mellow tones and junk store look, and in with fresh white and carefully selected objects.

Some of the oldie but goodies will still live in the kitchen while others will move to other rooms or be carefully tucked away in storage for future use.

I put my favorites out in the white sunporch to get a feel for how they’ll look in the soon-to-be white kitchen.

I love it!

It’s like a sneak peek….

antique blue mason jars

antique enamelware coffeepot and kettle


Also staying in the kitchen will be my grandson’s train he played with when he was a wee lad watching the real trains from the window.

They will never move…no matter what changes the kitchen gets.

toy train

I’ll keep you posted on the new and improved light, bright, sunny kitchen project.

Oh, then finally, here’s my grandma’s delish crumb cake recipe.

It dates back to the days when my antique treasures were used for everyday life and not just for looks.

Crumb Cake

Crumb Cake

Using a fork, mix to a ‘crumble’: 2 cups flour, 2 cups dark brown sugar and 2/3 cup shortening. Set 1 cup aside for topping.

Add: 1 teaspoon salt, 2 eggs, 1 cup milk with few drops of lemon juice OR vinegar.

Last, mix in: 1 teaspoon vanilla, 1/2 teaspoon baking soda and 1 teaspoon cinnamon.

Spoon into greased 8″x 8″ pan.

Top with reserved flour/sugar mix.

Bake at 350 for 35-40 minutes.


I would love to hear from you. Email me: beverly@renewandremember.com