I Got a Kiss and a Hug Over This Antique Piece

I got a kiss and a hug over this antique piece. He loves it.

He has never reacted to an antique item that I brought home before.

Well, except for the antique wood and iron shutters in the background.

Oh, he would always say it was very nice and then ask where are you going to put it?

It is an item that I have always wished I had, admired from afar,

but never found the right one. Until Martha had her moving sale.

Antique Baker's Rack - Housepitality Designs

I think I shall call this baker’s rack, “With a Little Help From My Friends”

Why? . . . . Well let’s start off with this wonderful baker’s rack

that belonged to my friend Martha, and now it sits in my kitchen.

See the pretty purple paper filler around the hyacinths?

My friend Barbara gave me a huge bag of it from her

“I need to get rid of this stuff” stash.

Antique Baker's Rack - Housepitality Designs

Now, why did my hubby give me a big hug and kiss

after I filled this baker’s rack with pretties?

Because he could easily access all of his fruit in one place!

Did you notice the fabulous towel hanging on the rack?

Antique Baker's Rack - Housepitality Designs

A gift from my friend Sherri. A souvenir from The Downton Abbey exhibit at The Biltmore.

“If you’re tired of style, you’re tired of life”, says Mr. Carson.

And how right he is!

You will see gifts of ironstone and a bread board from Mary Alice

Antique Baker's Rack - Housepitality Designs

A beautiful bread board from my son. I love the combination of the beautiful wood.

Baker's Rack/Breadboards - Housepitality Designs

Speaking of bread boards, this bread board hanging on the side of the rack

was a gift from my friend Kris.

Antique Baker's Rack - Housepitality Designs

Hung another bread board embellished with a pretty boxwood wreath.

Antique Bread Board - Housepitality Designs

The top rack will always have a seasonal flower in the ironstone bowl

flanked by fresh herbs.

Antique Baker's Rack - Housepitality Designs

But this week, the clay pots will have Shamrocks for St. Patrick’s Day.

Antique Baker's Rack - Housepitality Designs

The baker’s rack fit perfectly at the end of the kitchen counter.

Antique Baker's Rack - Housepitality Designs

Antique Baker's Rack - Housepitality Designs

I must admit, I was a little weepy when I finished placing

all of my treasured items on this wonderful baker’s rack.

A collection of great memories of friends and family.

The vintage bowls belonged to my mother in law that will hold my hubby’s fruit.

I guess it is my fruit too!….But he does eat more of it than me!

Do you want to know where I first fell in love with these baker’s racks?

Why in France!

In Cat’s (our hostess of our France Tour) gorgeous French kitchen.

Cat's French Kitchen - Housepitality Designs

Cat in her amazing french kitchen.

Here is her beautiful baker’s rack filled with the most wonderful things.

French Antique Baker's Rack - Housepitality Designs

And here is mine …. filled with my pretties and memories.

Antique Baker's Rack - Housepitality Designs

When I finished filling the shelves, I stepped back, took a look,

wiped away a few tears, and said, “And Bob’s your Uncle” !!!

If you know Martha, you will know what I mean!

Have a beautiful day!!!


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  1. It is a beauty and you have “embellished” it wonderfully well, Shirley!
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  2. I know you said baker’s rack, Shirley, but I first had the impression that it was a countertop rack, with only the 3 shelves! Looking at that first photo, do you see how I could think that? Then, I thought you were styling and re-styling (wonderfully, btw). Only the full length photo made it clear to me, lol! It’s a great piece, and I can see you having lots of fun with variety in how you’ll use it.
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  3. And Bob’s your uncle!!

  4. I can see why you love this piece Shirley. It’s wonderful and I love how you styled it. How nice to have all those lovely memories where you can see and enjoy them. (Great for fruit availability too!) . 🙂
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  5. Hi Shirley, I love the rack. You’ve filled it with so many useful and meaningful things and it looks lovely in your kitchen. The hyacinths and other plants add a nice touch of color and nature too.

    I want those wood boards… I collect them, you know-lol.

    Oh, and the tea-towel with the Carson quote is wonderful. Yes, I’m a Downton Abbey fan.

    Great that you included your inspiration because Cat’s kitchen is beautiful too.

    Happy day!
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  6. Your baker’s rack is lovely Shirley! Such a great addition to your beautiful kitchen, and so special since it lived in your friend’s home before joining yours. I love the way you styled it and that it is so functional. Such a fun piece to own!

  7. So glad you found a spot for that treasure. I love it and love how you styled it with special things.
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  8. Love it!! and I’d put wheels and a handle on it and make it into a kitchen cart 😉

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  9. Shirley I’m so happy you ended up with the piece, I just love it too and you prettied it up so nice. Beautiful for sure.
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  10. What an amazing treasure Shirley! I think I would give you a hug and kiss too:) It fits perfectly in that space. What a great use for it. Love the tea towel too. I may have to make a printable.

  11. Oh Shirley, this is a beautiful piece!!!!! And, you have stled it perfectly….as always! I know you will enjoy redoing it for each season (or mood:):) I have always LOVED bakers racks, have never seen one like this though! MY favorite one is now downstairs as it won’t fit anywhere up here. Have a great day!!!!! So happy for you that you got this beauty!
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  12. Shirley,
    This piece is beautiful. What a wonderful treasure to have. I can see many new vignettes for the holidays on this beautiful rack. So happy you could display all your sweet gifts from others on this beautiful piece. Glad the cutting board I gave you found a place too. Just beautiful.
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  13. What a beautiful treasure, Shirley. You have made it extra special with all the memories displayed. Well done, my friend. 🙂
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  14. Shirley: Love your styling of the baker’s rack and the warmth of its’ wood. Perfect.
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  15. Wendy Howell says

    What a nice treasure to have. Love the Downton Abbey tea towel. I would sure love to have some of the ironstone we saw on the show!!!!

  16. What a wonderful bakers rack! I love that you filled it with all of the wonderful gifts you have received.

  17. The Bakers Rack looks great where you have it. All the great gifts that have meaning for you, that you can see all the time. So glad that hubby liked it. Everything is perfect where you places it.

    Have a great rest of the week – hope that Spring has finally arrived in your part of the world. ours is spectacular – the roses are full of blooms and my iris’s are blooming early. Everything is so fresh after the rains we have had. Now just a few more and hopefully the lakes and streams will be full.


  18. This baker’s rack was made for this spot in your kitchen, Shirley! It looks fantastic and you’ve styled it beautifully, as always. So happy you snatched up this piece.
    Mary Alice
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  19. ♥♥♥ your baker’s rack and the sentiment behind everything you displayed so artfully. The more I read your blog the more I see how much you love to make your home a respite for all who enter. You are making a beautiful home for all who enter!!
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  20. What a wonderful piece! It looks so fabulous with all your goodies that hold so many memories placed just so on it. It fits the spot just perfectly too!!!! I LOVE Cat’s house….her kitchen is amazing!!! I would love to see more of her French home….
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  21. Oh how I love your bakers’ rack! And you made it even more special with the addition of your pretties. I adore your white bowl with the iris too! You are like me…so sentimental about special family pieces. Sheila

  22. Oh goodness, that is special! It looks great in that spot too, and so pretty with the fresh flowers, plants and fruit. It holds incredible memories too, made even more amazing by your husband’s reaction! Mine rarely says anything either, so it’s a celebration day when he does!
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  23. It’s perfect! Perfect for fruit, ironstone, flowers, and special mementos! And you found the perfect spot! 😉

  24. what a treasure, it’s amazing!!
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  25. Rebecca M says

    I noticed Cat’s bakers rack has wheels. Are you going to put any on yours?! It would make it easier for cleaning the floor! Either way, it’s lovely! Lucky you! Rebecca

  26. Hi Shirley, I love your rack! It’s such a good place to use in the kitchen I bet you could put some wheels on that like the one in France. Have a great day! xx Jo

  27. Yet another treasure! You did OK by your friend Martha and it’s doubly good when it pleases the hubby.
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  28. I love how you have it styled Shirley! Bread board love and hyacinth love too…the purple shred is such a festive touch!
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  29. I wish I had one!! Course in my kitchen I don’t know where I’d put it, but I want one! It’s totally awesome!
    I love the shots of the French kitchen….thanks !
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  30. I have one of these racks and it came from an old warehouse and were used to store shoes on them …love it with wheels ….looks great with all your decor ….and very french !

  31. Well of course you got a hug and a kiss! It’s beautiful and so functional!

  32. Well, not only was this a delightful post to read, it showcases a glorious treasure filled with beauties and sweet details!
    Thank you for sharing this with us At Thoughts Of Home On Thursday!
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  33. I love this piece and the way you styled it! There’s nothing better than having something beautiful in a space that is also very useful.

    So glad you shared this with us at Thoughts of Home on Thursday.

  34. Wow! I have never seen a French baker’s rack. It is stunning! You have styled it perfectly and I thoroughly agree with Carson! My husband never says much about my finds but recently could not get over my new area rug in the parlor, and how it transformed the room. It’s nice to be validated!

  35. Shirley, the baker’s rack is the piece de resistance!!! I am seriously envious! It is so perfect and you styled it perfectly with so many treasures!
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  36. Shirley- you have created a beautiful space for your treasures from this new one.
    I love it.
    I always love everything you share from your lovely home.

    Thank you for sharing this with us at Thoughts of Home on Thursday. We are so glad you are here.

  37. Great baker’s rack, Shirley!! It really holds a lot of goodies. 🙂 The vintage bowls look perfect filled with fresh fruit; don’t you love it when our husbands like our purchases? “Bob’s your uncle,” huh? Is Martha a Johnny Depp fan, perhaps? 😉

    I enjoyed your post, and I know you’ll enjoy your new-to-you baker’s rack. Have a wonderful weekend!


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  38. I love your baker’s rack I have one also in my kitchen there I put all my fruit and my Cooke book I love the way your look so cute with the flower I enjoy your post alway
    Sheryl ,my HB ask me if your from Miami you look like e Gail from Carol City sorry for the ? But he said you look familiar to him
    Have blessing day

  39. I love your baker’s rack and the way you have used it. Cute idea to put the purple “grass” around the base of the hyacinth.
    Have a great weekend, Shirley.
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  40. It is an exquisite piece! And my desk looks lovely in the guest room. (Still not sure where to put the cabinet.)

  41. You have such a knack for decorating. Love what you did with the bakers rack…
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  42. This speaks to me too! I noticed the one in France has wheels…I think I would add them to yours!

  43. This was an awesome idea! Beauty & function…My heart has definitely taken a turn down this road for sure! This is beautiful, and I love how everything about it has a story:)
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  44. Really wonderful writing. Delightful read.


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