Sunday, April 11, 2010

The "C Word"

The "C Word"

~"Charm." A five letter word that says it all when it comes to home decorating. It's the big "C" each and every time that will get a buyer to take a second look and often sign on the dotted line. Any four walls, no matter how humble, can elicit charm. Often, it's as simple as the way the light comes into a room...or a corner fireplace that just grabs you.
~When I joined Susan on Metamorphosis Monday at a couple of weeks ago, I wrote about the long awaited kitchen remodel in our early 18th century home on Cape Cod. But, I forgot to mention the "C Word" and include one of my favorite parts...the charming breadbox that hubby made it for me. It was my Christmas present the year we finished the kitchen. It's
made of pine boards leftover from the bookcase and cabinet he built to house all his hardcovers and our new flat screen tv. I love it because it's unique and it's big and it adds a bit of old fashioned charm to our kitchen countertop. The saltbox design looks perfect with the style of our kitchen and its size affords us room for not only bread, but all sorts of other things like chips, crackers and even candy. I especially love it during the summer when the grandchildren are all around. I keep lots of goodies in there for them. Everything stays fresh and out of sight but handy.
~The box has an old fashioned design with an easy lift-top lid and sits right on top of our counter next to the sink. We chose an olde Century Colors paint color that coordinates with the rest of the kitchen but doesn't match exactly. I always feel that in "old house decor" things shouldn't match to perfection. Rather they should look like collections of this and that...or things put together over a period of time. That's the charm factor.
~Our Cape Cod daughter gave us the little tin star in the photo for Christmas that year. I just hung it on the breadbox for a moment and seem to have left it there ever since. I like the way it looks.
~Oh...and another fun thing to tell you. If you're not already familiar with them, there are several Internet sites now that let you make a magazine cover out of your photos. It's just for fun but you can use them in clever ways like gift giving, card making, etc. I made a cover from our breadbox picture using
~Hope you'll leave me a comment to let me know you were here.
~Thanks to Susan at for hosting Metamorphisis Monday. :)


  1. What fun!!! My maternal grandmother had a bread box that housed all kinds of goodies for her grandchildren. That's the first place we would all run to. The magazine cover is great, I'm gonna check it out! Thanks!!!

    Ya'll have a beautiful Sunday!!!

  2. I really enjoy your creative aprons! I have to tell you I have been going to Cape Cod every summer since I was a child. After a 10 year hiatus we are going this summer again :) Yay!

  3. So glad I stopped by ~ your blog is wonderful! We are almost neighbors, in blogland that is!

  4. Hi Joanne ~~ Great post,Charm what makes a house a home. And I know for a fact your home has it in abundance. Love the breadbox the size is great,you could almost hide a small child in there. lol Love your magazine cover it looks so real like it should be on the stand at the local bookstore. And I know if you were picking the articles they would all be a good read.
    Hugs ~ Connie xox

  5. Hi your bread box! What a sweet DH you have to build that for you! :-) I used to have one but got rid of it because it was a really dark wood color. Wish I still had it...I'd paint it. Never even thought of that back then but in Blogland, folks paint everything! :-)

  6. I'm so glad I stopped by to see the pics of your new kitchen. Lucky you but 4 years of living in constructionl, Yikes! Hey you do what ya gotta do. Now that it's finished it is beautiful. Love the bread box. I have a bread drawer but it's on the bottom of a stack of drawers and so inconvenient.
    ~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

  7. Great Post Joanne!
    I am so interested in your husbands wall bookshelf/TV wall unit, it is exactly what I have been looking to do on my fireplace wall! I shall have to pick your brain when you return this summer!! Enjoy your spring!


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