Sometimes as I'm bringing in new things to the shop, one particular new item will trigger an idea for a new display and I can't shake it until I actually bring the idea to life. I was going through a box of vintage linens last week and came across a square of red-and-white picnic-style material that caught my imagination. I could picture it covered with fabulous 1950s era red and white kitchenware, and that image nagged at me until I finally pulled it together on Saturday.
So I cleared off a table, dragged out the fabric and covered the table with it, and started walking through the shop grabbing all the retro red-and-white items I could find. I started with a red wood Coke crate, and leaned it into a corner. The cubbies begged for something to be stuck in them, and these white milk glass spice jars with red lids fit the bill. With a nod to our prim/country fans, I tucked a Faith Hope Love pillow on top since the red gingham fabric fit in nicely. See the corner of the vintage Coke tray in the corner?
Next I hung up an assortment of 1950s era red-handled kitchen tools...spoons and forks and stainers and more.
Then I began covering the table with milk glass mixing bowls and Fire King Primrose dinnerware. I added an electrified antique oil lamp with a red ruffled shade, and an apple peeler and Royal Ruby glassware. A wood rolling pin, glass reamer, and some prim/country dish towels with a rooster design mixed in nicely.
Here's the overall effect. I'll probably spend the next week tweaking it as I bring out more inventory from storage, but that's sort of the fun of redecorating, isn't it?