FIRST: I admit up front that I blatantly and unabashedly stoled my storage ideas from The Tablescaper. No apologies. No regrets. I did it. End of the story. And am I happy that I did. I know where everything is and how much I have. Now - without further adieu - on to my dish affliction outing.
Now, where to start?
Like a lot of people, I have built-ins.....yes, filled to the brim with dishes.
Doesn't look so bad when the doors are closed
This built-in is at the other end of the living room/dining room area. It has three sections that display just some of the patterns that Pat and I have. The first section stores some of my Depressionware.
Love this dandy buffet - nothing fancy. It belonged to my parents and is at least 60 years old
The buffet holds Mom's "good china" and candle holders, Depression glass, etc.
One of the last pieces Heywood-Wakefield produced in the 1950's, this dry sink stores my black Depressionware
A curio in the dining room area holds some of my Schumann collection
On to the kitchen, like most of us, I have dishes where they belong:
To the family: I still have room for food items....well, two shelves anyway.
Say "Goodbye" to the Broom closet. Pat's wonderful husband made shelves for me to store the Fiestaware bread and butter plates. I did leave one shelf for my dachshunds' food and treats
Yes, the washer and dryer are in the room somewhere.............
I love these built-ins
First section (Lenox "Holiday", Johnson Brothers "Friendly Village", Grindley "Bath", Lenox Temperware "Wind Song", Tienshan "Spotted Cow", assorted Depressionware,)
Second section (includes Spode "Pink Tower", Franciscan "Picnic", Lenox "Mansfield", Calvin Klein "Luna", Pier 1 "Checked", and lots of assorted Depressionware)
Third section (assorted glasses)
Last section - holds our Waechtersbach dishes and glasses too big to store in the craft room
Did I mention the drawers? They hold mostly placemats. (The first section holds vintage napkins, overlays, etc)
Even the television shares space with dishes. These are some of my chargers. You can see the liners. I line every dish so they do not sit on each other. Lots of work but worth it.
Built-in cupboard for linens and things. Well, not quite.....
And the drawers hold more dish stuff
Napkins (stored here because I do not have eight or more of each style) and napkin rings (stored here because they do not fit in the regular holder
This is the second unit stored behind the door in the craft/dish room
Flatware is stored in plastic shoe storage boxes from Costco. They are labelled with the name, who made them, and how many place settings
More glasses. My apologies for the paint color in this room. Craft rooms should be a happy place to work - and color makes me happy. Besides, I was a teenager in the 60's..........never quite got over it.
I've got the pictures taken of these glasses - just haven't got them developed yet
The craft room was formally a bedroom. This was the closet
Pat and I have five of these plastic tubs filled with napkins.
Inside each tub. napkins are stored in large plastic bags and then labelled. We can easily select and transport any style napkin we need. (Another fantastic idea from The Tablescaper)
I am in the process of labelling everything - including the silverware boxes
The other three bedrooms have these built-ins. All three are used to store stuff.
The drawers in this unit store more placemats
A dresser in one of the bedrooms
Yes, it is entirely filled with lacquer chargers
Another bedroom - another dresser.............
Yeah, no clothes, just dishes...............every drawer
Please join The Tablescaper this Sunday for her "Seasonal Sundays" Fourth Blog-a-versary party: http://thetablescaper.blogspot.com/
And then if you want to see what Pat and I do with all this stuff, please join us every Wednesday night for Cuisine Kathleen's "Let Dish" party: http://www.cuisinekathleen.com/