Monday, April 30, 2012


Hanging around the Palatine market last Saturday, I was attracted to a set of old orange wooden cabinets. They were no beauties, but I was intrigued by their obviously secret past, of which they weren't talking. Roughly made, a little rickety, the cabinets may have graced a fishing cabin's rustic walls, or held preserves in an country cellar. Wherever they came from, they now calmly resided near the Sock Hop Cafe; affixed with $35 price tags. They seemed to convey the potential to belong on a screened-in porch attached to 100 year old frame home.  Remarkably, I instantly pictured connecting the cabinets side by side, affixing a piece of plywood across the top and then finishing them off with a pattern of terra cotta and cobalt blue tile. This side board would be home to a lucky bamboo plant, a tall glass of iced tea and a tray of Katherine Wolff's homemade mandelbread. The shelves would house citronella candles, a few good books and...wait a minute... I don't have a screen porch and my house is a 30 year old suburban home that is busting at the seams from previous my rescue projects. I don't even know what I was thinking.

So, I settled into the idea that it was just time to play house. With the help of the Rihani boys and a few borrowed items from vendors, I designed my imaginary creation. Here it is. All items are for sale at Wolff's Flea Market, Palatine. What would you do with these cabinets?