Thursday, February 17, 2011

A Kitchen Dish Haven

I will skip Sightseeing Saturday today since I have a big post and I am joining a lot of parties. It seems like I have been working on this project for at least 3 weeks now (although I was out of town for one of those weeks) that I want to focus on this for now.

I first saw this big cabinet from Nancy's site of . If you have not seen her furniture store, you need to go right away cause she has some amazing pieces. I immediately measured our biggest wall in the kitchen to see if it will fit and it would fit perfectly so I asked John if we could order it. I liked it so much that I was willing to pay for it with my own allowance but he said I could use his check, which was even better, lol. So, I ordered it.

When the delivery guy came, he refused to bring it in the house. He insisted they only deliver to the curb. I told him to just take it back then since there was no way I could bring it in and I would hate for it to get ruined because it was raining on and off. They tried calling Nancy but could not get ahold of her. Luckily, I had a guy who was cleaning our gutters at that moment and I asked him to help and the driver agreed to bring it in with a helper. They got it in but I wanted to have lights installed in it. The one I liked would cost over $400. Hmmmm! I wonder if it has gold in it. Anyway, I had to pick a cheaper one cause there was no way I was going to pay that much for cabinet lighting. Our good ole electrician/handyman Mitch came in to install it for us.

I was finally able to start putting stuff in it last Wednesday and I sure had a great time doing so.
Here it is now!
See the other cabinet on the other side of the wall in the formal dining room? That's another dish cabinet and it amazingly holds about 15 complete dinnerware sets. If I can find another one just like it to put by its side, I will have enough storage, I think.
There's hubby getting a glass for his diet coke.

The left and right cabinets have lead glass doors. The center has open shelvings.
This is the left side.


Right Side.

Now, I will show you what is on each shelf starting on the left top.

Pink and white Winterling tea/coffee service set from Ebay and a blue country pottery set from a Thrift store. I also leaned my set of sterling silver salt cellar spoons rack. The spoons have a flower of every American state on the handles.

Spode's Emma's Garland tea set , tray and vase. I have a dinnerware set matching this and it is kept in the foyer cabinet. I bought the green goblets for $1 each (the 4th one is hiding in the corner behind the vase) from one of the vendors in the store. I love the bright green color and I could use it for Christmas and for setting tables in the garden.

Spode Chelsea Birds bowls and plates (these were in the packages that just came in while I was in FL) and a silver plated Sheffield coffee pot.

Some Spode Blue Room plates and bowls, Blue Willow serving oval trays, Delft blue sugar and creamer.

Woodland Melody soup tureen from Ebay. This was in the packages that I just opened too. Decorating and tablescaping books, reticulated German fruit plates and dessert plates with butterflies, brown sugar and creamer and cruet transferware sets, salt cellar pieces. Bar set and wine glasses and some lidded crystal servers, pewter wine holder and sugar scuttle.
I will eventually move most of these into the wet bar area so I can display more of my dishes. Yep, there are still a lot more to display and I admit, I am a dishaholic!

I just got this pewter sugar scuttle from Ebay. It was in one of the packages that came in while I was in Florida. I just love the details and the little scooper.

At first, this shelf was full of Old Britain Castle transferware but I moved the Christmas plates into a drawer in the living room table and decided to display our Limoges oyster plates instead. Under the pink and white oyster plates are more all white oyster plates.

Love the details!

Myott Staffordshire brown Royal Mail transferware, ladybug sugar and creamer, a non marked tureen, Johnson Brothers octagonal dinner and salad plates and a set of Sterling Queen's Lace carving set in a small white ironstone pitcher.

Warvel (made in Poland) and Johann Haviland Brown Rose tea /coffee sets. I have complete dinnerware sets for both of these and they are kept in one of the dining room cabinets.

Life garden tea set with inspirational inscriptions......I know I have more plates that came with this set but I am still trying to locate them, lol.

Fitz and Floyd Bellacara tea set and mugs. I am still looking for a creamer. Please let me know if you ever spot one. Thanks.
Liberty Blue Staffordshire and Churchill blue and white dishes and Blue Willow dinner plates. Also, Peacock on a Tree bowls in various sizes. Cobalt blue vintage glass S & P shakers, cruet set with rooster lids and butter warmers.
In the drawer on the left has Royal Stafford Harvest Home Hayride salad plates and purple Nippon dessert plates. I have more of the Royal Stafford plates but they're stored somewhere, maybe in the garage walk in closet, which I had converted to a dish closet too.

In the middle drawer are sushi stuff, flatware caddies and salt cellar dishes and spoons. The right drawer consists of cheese spreaders and napkin rings that do not fit in my napkin ring cabinet drawers.

On top of the cabinet are large soup tureens, Polish pottery servers, transferware pitchers and our sterling silver tea and coffee set.

I was so happy to be able to fit this huge set of Lancaster Rose patterned sterling silver above the cabinet, although the tray would not fit if placed flat to hold the set, so I leaned it against the wall. It used to sit on top of the formal dining room buffet and it took so much room, which prevented me to rearrange the table top that I enjoy doing.

Here is the cabinet as it is now. I know it will change every now and then as I rotate my dish collection but it will stay this way for a while except for the shelf with bar items. With the glass doors closed.

While I am in the kitchen, let me show you what's on top of the fridge. I moved some large glass jars that were standing on the floor to the top since I have more room on it now.

I just bought the smallest green jar with swirly twigs in it for $1.50 from the other vendors in the shop.

I also organized the hutch that used to be in the wall where the wide cabinet is now. As you know, I moved this cabinet to the breakfast nook near the window. I was able to fit 2 complete sets of dishes plus a snack set for 8 inside the glass cabinets and 2 more complete sets of
dishes in the cabinets behind the doors underneath. They are big pieces too, one is a pink and white service for 12 and the other one, Johnson Brothers' Friendly Village good for at least 16 people. On the buffet shelf and above the cabinet, I displayed lots of my bigger pieces of Polish pottery.

I have done so much work filling these cabinets in the kitchen and moving dishes around that I probably will not post again until Tablescape Thursday. So, I am linking with a lot of parties.

Sherry's Home Sweet Home at
Courtney's Feathered Nest Friday at

Laurie's "A Few of My Favorite Things" at

Mary for Boogie Board Cottage' Masterpiece Monday at

Susan's Metamorphosis Monday at

Sally's Blue Monday at

Mellow Yellow Monday at

Sandi's Tea Time Tuesday at

Marty's Tabletop Tuesday at
Lady Katherine's Teatime Tuesday at
Martha and Terri's Teacup Tuesday at
Wanda Lee and Pam's Tea parties at

Kim's Wow Us Wednesdays at

I hope you will forgive me for this long post and showing so many photos but I wanted to show you the contents of the cabinet in its entirety. Thanks for your patience in browsing and thanks to our hostesses for their links and parties. Now, y'all visit them too!


Debbiedoos said...

That was a lot of pretties to take in one post Christine. One thing I was thinking is you will use every single piece too. They are all gorgeous!!~

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Christine, what a nice big cabinet. You have such wonderful collections to fill it with. I love the woodland soup tureen. Glad those guys brought it in for you.

Entertaining Women said...

I know that you breathed a sigh of satisfaction when you completed your reorganization. Thank you for the delightful tour and for stopping by my post. Sincerely Yours, Cherry Kay

Glenda/MidSouth said...

You have been busy. Beautiful piece of furniture and great storage for you dishes. They only deliver to the curb ?!?! :( Wow! Glad you got it worked out.

Unknown said...

WOW! That cabinet is beautiful and I would probably spend all day just looking through your dishes! :)
Have a great weekend!

BonjourRomance said...

Your new cabinet is gorgeous and fit perfectly in your home. Your collections are beautiful - have fun!
Bon weekend,

Susan said...

Christine, what gorgeous china!! Everything is so beautiful! I really love the brown teaset!!

lvroftiques said...

Christine your new cabinet is gorgeous!! As are all the dishes inside! Sheesh I need to go check Nancy's place! Good thing there was someone there to help move that baby inside. It looks like a heavy one! How perfect a piece for you! I'll keep my eyes open for that creamer. Vanna

Sarah said...

Christine, looks like this cabinet holds a lot of dishes. How nice that this fit perfectly on the wall in your kitchen. ~ Sarah

bj said...

That cabinet is BEAUTIFUL. I love it.
I've never seen so many beautiful dishes, owned by ONE WOMAN, in my entire life. They are all just priceless.

Maybe you and I can go to England one day, buy some beautiful English things and get a hug each from MR. TONY BLAIR. Ooo, be still my heart.!!!:))

Nancy's Daily Dish said...

Christine, Wow, it looks so beautiful in your home and filled with your amazing collection of dishware. And I thought I had it full! ;-) the lights look amazing! It looks like it was meant for YOUR kitchen. By the way, I LOVE your brick floor. I used to have a house with a big kitchen and brick floors. It was my favorite kitchen. Everything looks so beautiful. This was a fun post.

I also loved the post below. Your husband is such a sweetheart giving you all of those gifts. That teddy bear is so cute and the jewelry...gorgeous! I can never resist anything chocolate and I love fudge. When my husband and I go away that is usually one of the things I treat myself to.

Thanks for sharing your beautiful dishes, cabinet and home with us.


Nancy's Daily Dish said...

One more thing... I also LOVE the ceiling in your kitchen. The whole room exudes warmth. It's really beautiful!

Anonymous said...

Your kitchen dish looks beautiful! they were pretty in white,nice arrangement keep it up!!

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The Charm of Home said...

This cabinet was made for you! It looks wonderful. I love that now all of those beautiful dishes are on display and you can see them. How pretty it looks with the brick floors and that beamed ceiling. Nice post!
Thanks for linking.

Savannah Granny said...

OMG!! First of all the cabinet is awesome. A fantastic find. Your dish collection is so beautiful and impressive. I enjoyed looking at each one. When I saw your silver tea service on top I gasped. I thought, I am going to ask her if that is Poole's Lancaster Rose. I have the same service only mine didn't have the waste. The only thing I don't like is the huge size of the tray. It is really heavy for me to carry and I know you could barely lift it. I also have a round tray and a covered vegetable dish in the same pattern.
thanks for the fantastic tour of your lovely collection. Hugs, Ginger

Lynn said...

Beautiful cabinet Christine! Lovin' all of your great dishes and having the silver tray displayed vertically adds even more height-very pretty:@)

Anonymous said...

Goodness, Christine you've been busy, love this cabinet and, WOW!, you got alot of beautiful dishes, I'm jealous!..I hope to have a collection someday.
I will miss your sightseeing travels!..excited about seeing your photo's from your visit to Fl.
See you next week!

Linda (Nina's Nest) said...

Christine, how did you get along without that cabinet? You really needed it to hold your wonderful dish collection. It looks great! Also, I think your ceiling and beams are gorgeous in the kitchen! Linda

Tammy @BeatriceBanks said...

Your new piece is just gorgeous! It is the perfect size and looks like it has always belonged there. And what beautiful dishes you have inside. I love the photo with your hubby in the background in his scrubs. Reminds me of mine. I bet he just goes about his business and lets you play house! You sure have a beautiful one!

Deanna said...

That's a lovely addition to your home!
Gorgeous dishes!!!

Glad I came by and you shared these treasures.
Thank you for stopping by homehaven and said hello. Good to hear from you.

God bless,

Lana Kim White Austin said...

Dish HEAVEN@!!!! Oh, the storage piece is a gorgeous one, such rich and glorious looking wood.
And your beautiful dishes are oh so wonderfully displayed and I love each set!




Kathysue said...

hi C, I came over as soon as I read your comment on my blog!! wow!! What a beautiful piece to store all of your pretties in. I can see you really did need it and it looks like a perfect fit!!! KS

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hi Christine...

Ohhh my...your new cabinet is gorgeous! It's great storage as that looks pretty! Can't beat that combination! certainly will hold many dishes! Girl, I think you need a few more sets...wink! Hehe! I sure had fun looking through all of your pretties though! I think I need those retriculated fruit bowls! Hehe! Well my friend, I think you are all set least for awhile! Thanks for sharing your new cabinet with us...I really do like it!

Just wanted to come by to say hello! So happy that you stopped by for a visit!

Warmest wishes,
Chari @Happy To Design

Lynn said...

That is a huge cabinet, but golly you have every space filled already. Think you should have order two, lol. Love the pewter sugar scuttle. Why do I never find those good things on ebay? Happy PS

Rebecca said...

Boy Christine-you sure have a lot of pretty things-loved seeing what you had in your cabinet!

Donnie said...

What beautiful things you have. That is a fabulous new cabinet.

Marlis said...

Christine, the new cabinet is certainly right at home at your house.. It's beautiful!!! Your dishes are so artfully arranged, it's as pretty as a painting.

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Oh Christine Sweetie...
How gorgeous is this beautiful cabinet, and your kitchen OH MY. I love it.

So many beautiful dishes. You are going to run out of space to set all of these cabinets. Love your flooring as well.

The little sugar bowl and creamer that has the ladybugs on it, grabbed my heart. They are just beautiful. I love red.

Hope you have a gorgeous weekend. Many hugs sweetie and so much love, Sherry

Regina said...

Happy Pink Saturday Christine.
These are truly gorgeous! Thank you for sharing.
Have a great weekend.


Personalized Sketches and Sentiments said...

That cabinet is a perfect fit! Seriously! It was like that wall and cabinet area perfect pair! Your dish collections are amazing! I would have such a hard time deciding which to use :o)

It is always fun taking a look at your collections ;o)

Blessings & Aloha!
thank you so much for stopping by! I always look forward to your visits.

Char said...

It's so pretty in here that I don't know where to begin. I too collect Polish Pottery and I see many pieces we share. I also see many pieces you have that I would love to own. It's so fun and very beautiful. Happy Pink Saturday, Char

Queenie's Vintage Finds said...

That cabinet is gorgeous Christine...and I love your brick kitchen floor too! I never knew you had brick...of all the times I've seen your kitchen on your blog. Girl, You have such an amazing dish's hard to choose a favorite from your collection, but those oyster plates are extra pretty...I especially love those and the pink transferware too...oh everything's so pretty :)

Loved seeing the Valentine's post down below...Your mister sure is a sweetheart...what a nice looks like you both had such a special day. Your tablescape for two is perfect out by the pool...I can imagine that your mister felt very special too :) Y'all really make such a sweet the way...that fudge sure looked yummy...I love love love fudge too!
Hope you have a great weekend...the weather has been so nice this week hasn't it?!
Big hugs,

Anonymous said...

Christine that cabinet looks like it was made just for that space!! It is so pretty and then you have all those great sets of dishes displayed!! Wow bet you had so much fun arranging and rearranging till it was just perfect. Now I know all those dishes came from other places so I am thinking you have lots of empty spaces to go and buy more stuff to fill the spots!!

bee blessed

Self Sagacity said...

My goodness, you've got so much plates and beautiful things. I remember coming to your blog and just stunt by all of these gorgeous table ware. Happy PS

Jeanne said...

Hello fellow dish-a-holic. I always smile when I find a another "curator" who loves dishes.

Getting a china cabinet is exciting.

See what I mean.

Leslie said...

What an awesome cabinet.. I love it! The treasures inside are terrific too!
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Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

Oh Christine, that cabinet is wonderful! I love that it has shelves almost all the way to the floor. What great storage, and all of your gorgeous china is displayed so beautifully in it. What a treat it was to see so many of your china patterns in this post. I was drooling all the way through the post. I cannot imagine a delivery service telling you they only deliver to the curb! Do they think that everybody just happens to have big strong men waiting around for them to deliver a piece of furniture? Thank you so much for linking this to Favorite Things. Have a great weekend. laurie

Mary Bergfeld said...

That was an enormous project, but I knew you'd get it done. Everything is beautifully displayed. Kudos. Have a great and restful weekend. Blessings...Mary

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Wow- just beautiful and you have so many lovely pieces you have filled it with!! Thanks for sharing at Feathered Nest Friday! :)

Abramyan Avenue said...

Absolutely gorgeous!!!

Anonymous said...


Anonymous said...

Gorgeous cabinet and contents, Christine!

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

That is just amazing Christine! What a beautiful cabinet and the dishes inside are like being in china heaven!
Amazing collection, loved seeing them all!

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

Wow, Christine! What a gorgeous piece of furniture! And I am still drooling over all of your lovely much eye candy! Now I've got to go back and take a second look! Happy week!...hugs...Debbie

Anonymous said...

i am your newest follower...gosh, you have plenty of beautiful stuffs there. one huge cabinet cannot hold em all.

Anonymous said...

so much for my eyes here. can never pick one.all are pretty and elegant pieces.

great collections.

Judy @ In His Grip said...

Your collection of dishes is awesome and you display the beautifully.

Liz said...

You have a beautiful kitchen and I love your collection. Happy MYM!

Liz @ MLC

Cathy said...

Wow is the word that comes to mind. I love all your cabinets and dish collection. I am searching for a new cabinet. I am really intereseted in what brand the black cabinet.
Rest and enjoy your new cabinet!

Chubskulit Rose said...

Ohlala, you have a very huge and rich kitchen lol..

So pretty!

My Mellow Yellow Magnet, have a nice Monday!

Picket said...

Oh my word girl...the cabinet is glorious! You are the true 'dishaholic' queen and I mean that in the nicest way! lol Ohhh I get goosebumps looking at that black cabinet of yours have just some of the most beautiful seeing them...have a great week girl! Picket

SmilingSally said...

Wow... all I can say is WOW!

Happy Blue Monday, Christine.

Sue said...

Oh my goodness...that is a beautiful and huge cabinet. It could be a store display. All of those gorgeous must have had such fun arranging everything. I can't believe anyone would bring something and say they wouldn't take it in the house...crazy!

Kim, USA said...

Oh my, did I drool? I think I did, do and will hahaha!! Your beautiful dishes are well presented in this huge cabinet love it all. ^_^ Happy Monday and thanks for the visit!

Nicole ~ said...

WOW, you have lots of great storage for your pretty dishes! That is such a nice piece you purchased Christine, I do not blame you, I would have started measuring for it too!!

Have a great week, Nicole

Thoughtfully Blended Hearts said...

So much eye candy here...your new cabinet is gorgeous as well as your original one!!! You don't need tv.."well you do give DISH TV a new meaning :-)...just sitting around watching the dishes!!!! Gorgeous collection of beautiful china CHristine!!!

Kathleen said...

I am glad I got out of my sick bed to see this! It is amazing! I am very impressed you fit all those dishes in it. A dream come true! Just gorgeous!

Honey at 2805 said...

Holy Dishes! Your colledtions are so beautiful, as is your new cabinet. Lucky you had someone there to help bring it in.

Martha's Favorites said...

Hi: Your china collection is amazing! What beautiful collections you have. I would love to have the room to do what you have done. You are one lucky lady. Have a wonderful week. Blessings, Martha

Clavel said...

I love the cabinet, you have a nice collections too...
Your newest follower,

Terri said...

Oh my goodness! A post full of eye candy! I don't know which tea cups I like the best, there are so many pretty ones! And the cabinet you bought is totally gorgeous.
Thank you so much for sharing.

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

What a wonderful cabinet, Christine! It holds a great deal of your collection which is perfect for you! You have so many lovely dishes but I do love the red transferware and the Warvel tea set! Your Lancaster Rose sterling silver tea service is stunning! It looks so beautiful above the cabinet and I like how you have the tray leaning against the wall! Thank you so much for sharing all your lovely treasures. It has been a real pleasure to visit with you.


Jocelyn said...

What an amazing collection. What an amazing cabinet!! You did a great job of organizing everything Christine!


Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Oh Christine, what an absolutely fabulous piece. I love it. All of your dishes are displayed so beautifully. I love the black hutch also. I would kill for that much wonderful storage. Just beautiful. Thanks for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

Erica (Irene) said...'s all gorgeous and beautiful. love your stuff. :-)

paperbutterfly said...

Great displays of beautiful china. Thank you for sharing with us.
Look forward to seeing you soon.


fitty's pinky rose cottage said...

wow! beautiful cabinet fit almost all your sets! love your sets especially the red transferware! lovely! thanks for sharing!

Jacqueline said...

Another wow! Everything is just wonderful and so organized! Thanks for sharing Christine.

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