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Saturday, June 4, 2011

Where do you keep your stuff (the dishes)- the party is on!

hallway where the tables are staged or things are placed in preparation for an event.
Oh this is not a pretty post at all. So, so sorry. However, the Tablescaper is having a party... we are to share just where we keep all our dishes and stuff. Okay, this is not the time for Hoarders to be looking in! Oh no, not at all. And besides all that, it's not very pretty. But here it is.... mess and all!  

This cabinet is in the small hallway that enters our bedroom. I could use it for clothes since I think that is its intended purpose. However, we all know that clothes are really just secondary! LOL.  


Napkins and napkin rings live on the left side of the upper portion of the cabinet.  And the cute holders for fries and chips (Pier One) live on the top shelf. Also 4 boxes of pictures that have yet to be scrapbooked and my favorite purse made for me by my dearest friend Charlotte (whose birthday I haven't really forgotten!)

Right upper portion houses the bone china, Mikasa goblets, more napkin rings, mirrored placemats, and some hurricanes. The lower drawers house placemats in two drawers and the others actually have clothes in them. To see the drawers.. click HERE.

There is a lower cabinet to the right of the napkins that is home for more placemats (bulky ones), chargers, candle holders, platters, trays and other odds and ends. Oops see two sets of flatware in there in the plastic shoe box containers.  The disarray is making me nuts!!!

The first wardrobe on the right houses out of season clothes and other items from which I can't bear to part.  the second wardrobe on the right houses tablecloths, hanging and labeled. You can see more in this post HERE.

The four stacked drawers have candles and place cards and bigger napkin rings too large for the plastic containers in the top drawer. Then all Christmas items are in the second drawer: placemats, runners, napkins, etc.  The third drawer is full of table toppers, vintage, mom made, grandmother made, purchased, etc.   And the bottom drawer are VHS tapes that we have to either transfer or get rid of...  Then we mosey on down to the other end of the hallway. Oh before we do.. the topmost shelves are filled with outdoor party supplies, Christmas and holiday china.

 Cabinet at the very end of the hallway has a stack of plates, white, wedgewood, and some various that aren't whole sets. I see candles, and the tall area for pitchers, decanters, etc. The shelf above has a complete set of china. With odds and ends in between. Oh and the stacked pedestals. Silver candlesticks sit there so out of place. ha ha. The next shelf up has my Waechtersbach Christmas China (the Spode is next to the ceiling) and decorative salad plates. The top most shelf also has Waechtersbach china and the glasses that I usually use with it.  

The pitchers have been removed from this side only because I'm gathering things for my Bible study group luncheon fellowship next week. 

The adjacent cabinet houses the wonderful Mikasa Daylight, wooden dishes, odds and ends, some Bordallo Pinheiro (the rest is in the top most shelves in the kitchen), the Wedgewood china and anything seafood related. Oh yeah, the cowboy china is in here too. 

And then we come to the kitchen.. Yes there is some china in there too. I added this antique kitchen cabinet that I love dearly to one part of the kitchen. Mr. CJ wants to put a corner bench dining set in here in its stead. but .... where would I put these dishes??

Talavera, my grandmother's Blaue Bluete, the Schumann Antique Rose, the rooster china, and the red Burgenland transferware all life here amicably with each other. The drawers hold flatware, and some additional flatware is in the containers on the second shelf.   

Hope you enjoyed the embarrasing trip through the stash of dishes. I still know where everything is, so life is good and since I really use it all, it's got to be okay, right? 

Joining the Tablscaper's Seasonal Sunday dish reveal.. Check it out for some great ideas on where to store your pretties.





26 comments:

Kuby said...

Every time I see your beautiful tables, I wonder where you keep everything. What you call a mess, I call awesome. It seems you know where everything is. What a great collection of dishes and novelty that paints a picture of beautiful Marlis

bj said...

Lordy Mercy, child...
This is no mess! It looks fabulous and I can't believe how many dishes you have...You MUST come over to see A REAL MESS...:)) (not posting til later..I am working on a .....
well..........
mess.

FABBY'S LIVING said...

OMGoodness, Marlis dear, this is great! I think you've done a good job, storing your beauties! You have them all over the house as I do! I can't take a picture yet, my house is having a leak in the ceiling and we're fixing it, so it is a total mess!! Luv ya. FABBY

Dianne said...

Marlis,
You are so lucky to have all those cabinets in that hallway. What a great storage area and you have really made the most of it. This is going to be a fun party!
Dianne

Barbara F. said...

What mess??I think those closets in the hall are great!!!! I wish I could rent some space :) xo

Lana K. W. Austin said...

Oh, this is fantastic!!! You've done a great job organizing all your "pretties."

Hugs/blessings,
Lana

Poppy said...

Loved those hallway cabinets... such a cool way to store all your "pretties"... You are so organized...everything in its proper place... and oh so neatly stacked! You have such a beautiful collection of "pretties" as well. Thanks for sharing!~Poppy

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Sarah said...

Marlis, your tables are always beautiful. It's fun to see where you store things. That long hall with the built-in cabinets is fabulous. We live in an older home and storage is at a premium. ~ Sarah

Sweetladyelaine said...

I am having so much fun looking at how everyone stores their treasures! Your hallway cabinets are to die for, so organized! Your shelves make me want to come over and explore all your pretty things. Now I know where all your beautiful tablescapes are hidden! Thank you for sharing.
Blessings My Friend,

Kathleen said...

Knowing where everything is would be dream come true for me! Mine are scattered, those I can't fit in the cabinets upstairs are down in the basement!
Yours look so neat and organized, just wonderful!

The Tablescaper said...

Marlis:

Everything looks great! I love those built in cabinets. You are sooo right, who needs clothes?

Thaks so much for bearing it all and coming to my party.

- The Tablescaper

xinex said...

Nothing embarrassing about that, Marlis. I think everything is pretty organized and neat. You actually made me feel better. First I visited the Tablescaper, then you. Now I really feel good that I am not the only one, if you know what I mean, lol...Christine

Tanya@takesix said...

Oh Marlis, what we wouldn't give for closets in a hallway like that!! I think this is great therapy. . . we all don't feel so bad. :0)

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Looks like you have lots of great storage Marlis, lucky girl:@)

Emily said...

hi Marlis, Wow, you certainly have great storage cabinets. Your also so well organized. Love your grandmother's Blaue Bluete. I see so may lovely pieces in your storage. I'm sure your tables are always so lovely, and your guest feel very pampered....Thanks for sharing.

~Emily
The French Hutch

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

What wonderful storage you have. Your shelving is incredible. I love the way you can just open the doors or drawers and they are right there. I know your Bible group is going to love the event you're putting on. I hope you're having a terrific w/k. hugs ~lynne~

Diann said...

Oh Marlis, this is so not a mess at all! Everything looks wonderful organized and so pretty! I love all yor different built ins and storage cabinets! Thank for sharing this tour with us!

tammylovesdishes said...

What fabulous storage areas you have! I think you have it quite organized and it doesn't look one bit messy to me. I enjoyed seeing your many collections.
Tammy

afternoon tea said...

Oh, you have wonderful storage and are so organized! I love the hallway storage, a perfect place for dishes. I have all my stuff so tightly packed that I have to excavate a lot of dishes if I want something at the back.
AT

Lisa @ Flour Me With Love said...

Oh my goodness, I would love to have all that storage and all those dishes, lol. You do a great job with keeping everything organized and in place.

Entertaining Women said...

Well forget my big tip. I now see that you do alternate your goblets. Cherry Kay

Katie@LeBeauPaonVictorien said...

Very nice! Everything is so neat and well organized! It's so great that you have those big cabinets in the hallway!

SavannahGranny said...

Marlis, you have beautiful tableware and accessories. It is fun to see where you store everything. Everything is so neat. You have wonderful storage areas.
My "stuff" is so disorganized that it is not ready for prime time yet. Maybe later. Thanks for sharing. Ginger

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

What a wonderful array of dish storage! Love all your organization.

Jacqueline said...

Fabulous cabinetry for storage! Everything is so great. I love that you have a place for staging as you are preparing. That is a great idea. I was trying to make sure we used the pretty dishes tonight for the family dinner and my middle son broke two! Oh well! And they matched the centerpiece and everything. Of course I ate on an unmatched plate! We love our plates, but the kids are more important than things!

Alycia Nichols said...

Marlis, I was still "grieving" over our return from Savannah when you did this post last summer. Today I am languishing in icky old Pittsburg, KS again with lots of time on my hands, so I am cleaning out my emails. Given my recent "confession", I remembered that I had saved your post. Good thing I did!!! Ha, ha, ha!!! Everyone on here...I'm going to check out their post The Tablescaper's party, too!!! I need to be REALLY convinced that I am not an anomaly! Of course, now that I have gotten to take a really close look at yours, I KNOW I am not alone! :-) Look at all this stuff!!!!!!!!!! You and I both need to be thankful that we are organized because we sure aren't shy about buying stuff! :-) OK...headed over to look up this date on The Tablescaper's blog. Hugs, fellow hoarder! ;-)

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