This is an especially fun week in Blogland because The Tablescaper is celebrating her Second Blog-aversary -- and hosting a party!
If you've already met The Tablescaper, you know that she's in the process of turning her tablescaping passion into a business ... and I'm thinking "passion" is a huge understatement! She has so many dishes that for her First Blog-aversary she answered people's "Where do you keep it all?" question with this amazing array of pictures.
This week she's hosting
and everyone is invited to show where we keep what we collect ... dishes, linens, craft supplies, recipes, you name it. Quite simply -- where do we stash our stash?
If you've been a reader of My Place to Yours for very long, you may have already seen the few peeks I've given you of my linen storage (HERE and HERE), so today I'm going to focus on the dishes. I'll warn you... there are lots of pics today because, um, there are lots of dishes! But lest you forget, many of them are (or will be) for sale in my Etsy shop, so if you see something you like, you can always ask me if it's available.
I have a basement in my old house, but it's a VERY "old house" basement: steep, narrow stairs leading down to an unfinished space; not an option for dish storage. That means that, for the most part, all of my dishes have to be "hidden" in plain sight. But a house only has so many "usual" places for storing dishes, so sometimes we have to get creative, don't we?
I showed you HERE how Renaissance Man helped me claim one half of a guest bedroom closet for some of my to-be-sold dishes.
They're hidden behind a vintage tablecloth.
Mostly, though, my dishes are stored in pieces of furniture. There's a large armoire in the guest room ... the center section houses glassware to be sold.
Downstairs in the living room where you saw part of my snowman collection at Christmas is this very large stepback cabinet.
It's my latest acquisition, and (did you notice?) there's still a little empty space. Hmmm... what could I put in there?
In the same room is an English curio cabinet that holds more to-be-sold glassware in the enclosed center section ... and (if you look closely on the left side) part of my crystal collection on the two glass-enclosed end sections.
Now on to a more traditional venue for dish storage:
the dining room
Sometimes in my tablescape pics you get a glimpse of a large cabinet ...
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Its drawers are full of flatware ...
The top section houses the rest of my crystal collection ... and the side and bottom sections (which I failed to show you in pics) hold chargers, silver candlesticks, silver and glass trays, pitchers, and more glassware).
Across the dining room is one of the things that I love most about my old house ... the built-in china cabinet.
I store my Mikasa Italian Countryside dishes in the glass-enclosed top section ...
... and a couple of Lenox sets plus some miscellaneous plates in the enclosed bottom section.
On the back side of the dining room china cabinet is this built-in kitchen cabinet. The bottom is full of baking pans, but the top ...
... is full of dishes.
Christmas dishes on the top few shelves ...
... and less seasonal dishes on the bottom.
If you look closely, you may be able to see that the very bottom "shelf" is actually a pass-through to the dining room. It's another favorite feature of my old house -- and obviously I need to find another storage place for a few things so I can reclaim it!
(That's one of my Summer projects...)
The top of a kitchen cabinet holds a few vases ...
Finally, since you've stuck with me this long, you get to see my absolute favorite dish storage: the Dish Pantry
It was one of the things that drew me to our old house ... and one of the things I looked forward to having renovated. Notice I didn't say that I looked forward to renovating it -- because I didn't. In fact, I did NOT. And in truth, we renovated our house for an entire month before I could even bring myself to step across the threshold into the space. That's what scraping wallpaper every day for a month will do to you! I woke up one Saturday morning and decided "Today's the day to tackle the pantry!" It was filthy ... with exploded canned goods leaving their marks everywhere ... and years of filth stuck to the cabinets. (Sorry about that, but you really do need to get the full picture to appreciate from whence this baby has come!)
In this picture, you can see that I'd started cleaning the top section ... but the bottom is still a mess.
(Don't you just love the color?!!! Ahem...)
The window is on the back wall of the house ... and far too high on the wall to see out of it -- but the light was nice! The crowded second-sink counter below it, however, was not -- and had to go!
The large bins go at the very bottom of the cabinet and the local "old timers" tell me that they would have once stored flour and meal. We use them as recycling bins.
The cleaning was such an almost impossible chore that eventually Renaissance Man just pulled out his sander and went to work. That''s one way to cut through the yuck!
Finally we were able to lay a tile countertop ... and finish bringing the old gal back to life.
Here she is today ...
Remember this back-wall-of-the-house-window?
It was replaced with a door.
One day I'll show you where it leads ...
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For what it's worth ...
Below is a very short clip of the dish pantry renovation. It was taped just over 5 years ago on a not-brand-new-then video camera (read that: sub-standard video quality). It was also my very first attempt to combine old video into movie form (if you can really even call it that). But if you're game, it's the "real deal" Before (early in the renovation process) and After (shortly after moving in) ...
I'm joining these fun parties...
at The Tablescaper
Congratulations on 2 years of blogging!