Saturday, May 31, 2014

Where Do I Keep It All?

Alma from The Tablescaper is celebrating her Fifth Blogiversary on June 1st and is hosting her annual "Where Do I Keep It All?" party.  She, as well as some of the other participants, have been collecting dishes and tablescaping for years.  They have become quite clever at storing and displaying these precious plates and things.  I've just recently started my collection but be sure you stop by the other partiers and see all the places they stash theirs.

Several years ago, I saw this storage/display concept in Martha Stewart's LIVING magazine and thought it was a great idea.  We had recently finished off part of our basement.  Both my mother and mother-in-law were downsizing and giving away some of their heirlooms and collectables.  We also enjoyed going to estate sales and I was starting to collect a few pieces myself.  I thought this would be a great place to display some of them.  As I placed them on each shelf, I thought about how fun it would be set some tables with these beautiful pieces!  I had no idea at the time that there were people who actually DID play with their dishes and shared their lovely setting with others in Blogland!! 

Wonderful Hubby is a great carpenter and had these cubbies built in no time.  I painted them the same color as the wall which has been great for display.  The cream color doesn't show dust much, either! 

I have the more precious items on the upper shelves.  As you can see in the boxes at the bottom, I keep toys in this area, too.  Our great nieces and nephews and cousins don't bother my dishes but, since they're just little ones and sometime temptation can be too much, it's just better to keep the easily replacables nearer their little hands!

This cream and sugar set was from my MIL's mother.  She was sweet enough to write a note of history.  It's tucked in the sugar bowl.  I have several 'historical' pieces so labeled from both sides of the family.  (Who can remember all that?!)

Here's the delicate pitcher and glasses from my grandmother.  Both the creamer/sugar bowl and pitcher and glasses were featured in one of my first tablescapes.  You can see it HERE.

There are fun heirlooms, like this little stove my MIL used to play with when she was a child.

I can't wait to set a July Fourth table with these glasses!!

Here's another shot of each cubby stack.

On the other side of the room, I have a beautiful pie safe from my aunt.  She refinished it ages ago and used it in her own home for many years.  When she passed away, my cousin gave it to me.  I keep a few more things in here.

These are the two areas I can show you this time.  I've taken over another section of the basement but that 'show and tell' will have to wait for another time.  I can't wait to see the other posts in this party.  Be sure you stop by the other sites in this party to see Where We Keep It All!
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The Tablescaper said...

What a great way to display and store at the same time.

Thanks for being a part of "Where do you keep it all?"

- Alma, The Tablescaper

Marigene said...

Your display cases are wonderful and shows off your collection beautifully.

Alycia Nichols said...

Hi there! I'm your next-door-neighbor on Alma's blog party! YOU, my dear, have some WONDERFUL antique and collectible items!!! That little stove alone is something fairly rare, I would think. I have never seen one like it. Complete with little coal pot and everything! How cute!!! You can just imagine the little girl in her playing with that and being so fascinated by it.

The pie safe is another real treasure, and it was great of your cousin to give it to you. No doubt you will be a worthy steward. You already have it filled with the next generation's treasure trove!!

Smart to keep the super precious things up top and out of the reach of curious little hands. I broke a few pieces of my Mother's Dresden as a curious little girl. Shame on me!!! I have that set now, and I think about how much trouble I got in every time I look at it! :-)

I l-o-v-e the red, white & blue striped glasses!!! Yes, 4th of July can't come soon enough to be able to use those!!! Go on and use them to commemorate D-Day this week!

Your husband did a phenomenal job with the cubbies! My husband isn't really very handy like that, but boy if he was...I'd be lethal!!!!

Thanks for sharing your stash! It was fun! I look forward to seeing the rest of it!

Rosemary and Thyme said...

What a great way to store all your wares. Nicely organized and perfectly displayed.


My Garden Diaries said...

Your storage is absolutely beautiful!!! I LOVE it!!!!! A huge high five to your husband on his carpentry work! And all of your pieces just look so perfect in their own highlighted spaces!! A wonderful week to you friend! Nicole xoxo

Rosie M. said...

What a beautiful display unit and how lovely your collection looks. You can truly enjoy your treasures on a daily basis. I feel like I'm always trying to hide my things, storage is such an issue! Thank you for sharing....Rosie @ The Magic Hutch

Creations By Cindy said...

What a beautiful display of all of your treasures! I love the unit and the dishes!!!! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

Babs R said...

OMGosh! You are so organized! My stuff is "stuffed" everywhere. Love your heirloom pieces.


I love your display cabinet your sweet hubby made for you! Your heirloom pieces are gorgeous and are always my 'very fave' too, as the always have a history behind them. The gorgeous pitcher from your grandma is one like it my Sil has from my Mil too! Thanks for dropping by sweetie!

Donna Wilkes said...

What a wonderful collection and beautifully displayed. I am glad you have thought to write down the history of the pieces.

Jann Olson said...

Wow, you have some wonderful heritage pieces! I love that you had them write a history. Great way to store and display them at the same time! Thanks for sharing your collections with SYC. Love the red transferware!