Saturday, July 17, 2010

a new kitchen shelf

My new kitchen shelf provides convenient and user-friendly household access to hot beverages.

[forever twenty past two]

You're probably diving head first for the comment box to tell me that the clock is all wrong. I realise that it's the done thing to have a large vintage clock face in faded chalky colours with a Thos J. Smythe & Fils logo, but I can't bring myself to do it. I regret that this has to come between us.

OK then, it's not that big a deal. I'll take down the clock. Here's a photograph that will look fine above the shelf instead.


Courtesy of my lovely friend Annie's visit to Brighton, it represents the majesty of the ocean and commemorates former President Coca-Cola of America. A more timeless look, you think?

41 comments:

  1. lovely shelf and I am really loving the three cups- What company are they made by?

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  2. Thanks, Ren! The mugs are from Sanderson (their etchings & roses range) and available here.

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  3. I must say I love coke and by the ocean all the better. "It is a good thing" to have a beverage station, as Martha would say.

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  4. Very nice! And I love the pink flower pot! Also, I am now very excited to discover that we have the same kettle! God bless that kettle and it's electronic whistle

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  5. Useful, colorful and efficient. BEauty to behold.

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  6. I like your use of colour on your handy little shelf. And I actually don't mind the clock - refreshing to see something not faded and worn or vintage.

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  7. Hey I kinda like the clock myself - you will forever be twenty past two in my mind - time for a cup of tea...

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  8. Gorgeous photo and shelf. How kind of you to set up for tea! I look forward to stopping by someday. :)

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  9. I love the colourful accessories you have on your shelf and a bigger, older more in your face type clock would distract from all the pretties you have on display. Leave the clock, it's just fine.

    Jennifer XX

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  10. Mise, I love your kitchen shelves and all your pretty china, so colourful and so very me! I think the clock is fine, it's functional and almost vintage ;-)

    Hope you're having a lovely weekend!
    xx

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  11. Hello Mise, I love your shelves. It looks so fresh and the clock is a terrific fellow. xx

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  12. Are you getting paid to put up the photo of the parasol, Mise? If not, you should be - they can afford it. My only complaint about the clock is that it is 4 hours fast, according to my watch.

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  13. Hi Mise, So glad you don't have a big repro "aged" clock there. Maybe you should set it to 10 to 2 like Timex does for all it's watches. There is a reason for that but I can't remember.

    Love your "Servery"

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  14. Mise-

    You're so cute and funny. Love the shelf and don't you wish your clock could constantly say 20 minutes to 13 o'clock?

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  15. It's a fine shelf arrangement, and I'm waiting to see similar clocks appearing throughout design blogland now that you've set the trend, Mise.

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  16. Do what you like with your clock, I'm busy admiring your lemons and lilac (?).

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  17. Love the new shelf - great colours! Wish I could have open shelves but jumping cats tend to break anything precious in the kitchen! G

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  18. Twenty past two is surely G&T time? I see you have the lemons ready :-)

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  19. Rachel Kay, I'm honoured that we're kettle companions! The secret switch for the electronic whistle is set to Off on mine as the children can rival its pitch.

    Jules, Blogger, in its unruly way, isn't showing your comment, but bless your insight nonetheless: 'Oh I use my Aga all the time' is exactly what Cath Kidston stuff says (and we fall for it).

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  20. I like the clock Mise. I think it fits with the colourful, optimistic, fashion-forward feel of your kitchen shelf. Everyman and his dog has a faded, vintage-y clock. The pink vase is perfection. What a happy little corner to greet you as you make your first tea or coffee of the day. Hmm, my carefully chosen earthen tones now look decidedly drab....excuse me while I move my faded, faux vintage wall clock to the cubby house. Meredy xo.

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  21. Almost forgot - have you been moonlighting over at http://catalogliving.tumblr.com/ ? I can definitely determine your "voice" over there. Meredy xo.

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  22. I adore your tea cups! The shelf displays them so nice!

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  23. I think your shelf looks fabulous and I too am a huge fan of those lovely cups! How stylish you are.

    A clock is a clock is a clock....

    Best wishes,
    Natasha.

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  24. Just a black coffee for me please. And I especially love all the little flower arrangements.

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  25. I'm diggin' the picture...the coca cola umbrella would go well with my coca-cola lawn chair picture. Maybe I'll send you a pdf of it...

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  26. Love the shelf :o) It's so bright and colourful and cheery. Congrats on winning the H&H subscription too !!

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  27. Do your colorful beverage shelves help get you up in the morning? Very lovely, cheerful and a pleasant way to start the day. Nothing wrong with the clock - just a reminder of reality.

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  28. Gold switch plates no less!!!
    Oh by the way you and i won a years sub to H&H. congrats to both of us!

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  29. Tell me, are members of the household allowed to use the lovely mugs if there are no visitors present? Are you sure the shelf isn't a modern alternative to the glass cabinet in the front room? Do you have a wee cupboard under the kettle where the 'comedy', chipped and sports mugs live?

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  30. I'm all for any clock that has hands.

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  31. Speccy, we don't! Nothing comic, nothing chipped, nothing sporty. This is because I am ruthless. Oh ok then, somewhere at the back of a dresser there's a Man of Aran mug. But it's v. tasteful.

    Mel, I'll think of you reading H&H as avidly as me whenever postie brings it.

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  32. mise,
    send me your email address so I can send you a pdf of my coca-cola lawn chair photo...my email address is jerdee@comcast.net

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  33. I'm jealous that it's forever twenty past two in your kitchen. There's something very zen and constant about that; it's always time for tea. I have a banjaxed digital clock on my stove, and rather than actually get another clock or walk to another room, I'm always standing on my head, eyes squished, trying to guess what time it might be. I will forevermore declare it twenty past two!

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  34. Wait! Isn't my country's NAME Coca cola? Now am confused? Lovely warm beverage "spot".

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  35. What's wrong with the clock? Love the print! The colours are beautiful.
    You've done a lovely job with your shelf. If you find yourself in the Vancouver area, you can come to my house and help me put up shelves...please.

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  36. Oh the joys of a new shelf! Who would have thought that something so simple could bring such pleasure. And I always wonder why I didn't do it sooner.

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  37. Dear Mise,
    First of all regarding my single thigh length wader ....... you got it in one. Vivienne and Patsy are my style icons and, coupled with a glass of champagne, all adds up to perfection in my book.
    I'm afraid that I sucumbed to the vintage clock fad, but forbid you to do so. Your clock looks lovely above your shelf and fits right in with your style of decor. I just wish that I wasn't so gulible !!!! If the right person told me to put a wet kipper on the wall I'd oblige. I'm a lost cause I'm afraid !! Love the photo of Brighton. That must go on the wall somewhere. XXXX

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  38. i am so envious of your new shelf and indeed your walls ,
    i wish i was sitting in that stripy deckchair on the right

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  39. One day (she says, looking mistily out of the office window) I will own a shelf.

    (Slight pause to wonder whether to go bigger here).

    One day (she says, assuming same misty-eyed pose) I will own a wall for my shelf.

    (Bigger pause).

    One day (she says, rubbing eyes vigorously to make mist come back) I will own a house and it will have a wall (or several) and on that wall it will have a shelf and when it does, oh yes, then it will look like yours as I think that looks lovely.

    (Got there she thinks. Can stop this misty-eyed look now. How do speech-makers do it?)

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  40. Love the seaside photo. Nice choice.

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  41. Well Mise I just threw out an oversized vintage clock face in the move.. should have thrown it your way.. although it didn't work either.. quite suicidal .. kept jumping off the wall.. although didn't walk itself out to the council cleanup mound.. [of course now i wish i had kept it!!]

    Love the beach scene... hope coca cola is sending you free supplies in lieu of advertising payment.

    Well.. my internet connection sucks in the new place hence my lack of visits.... hopefully I will replace it soon.. have fun.. xxx Julie

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