Saturday, June 2, 2012

Too Much To Store!

It is the Tablescaper's Blogaversary and she is hosting her annual "Where Do You Keep It All?" party. Congratulations for another succcessful year!

I am staying up late just to be able to post this in advance. Starting tomorrow, I will be very busy hosting 8 College classmates. John and I will be in the airport all day because they are arriving at different times from different places, mostly from US and Canada but as far as the Philippines. We will be having a reunion here for a week so if I do not visit you this week, please understand. I have a very busy agenda prepared. I will post pictures as soon as I can and will visit you as soon as I can also.

Please visit The Tablescaper and her other participants at

It will be fun to see where everybody stores their tableware and how they organize.
As for me, it is quite overwhelming creating this post. I think I have to stop shopping, lol. But I am proud to say that I have only used a portion of 1 cabinet in the bedroom. I try not to use bedrooms to store my dishes but I had to use 1/2 of this computer armoire as you can see below.  I keep my Alice in Wonderland tea set and medical caduceus dishes and glasses here.

In the hallway, I am using the storage under the doll cabinet to keep some napkins and tablecloths. Also under the book shelves in the same area are more napkins and tablecloths. You can see the tablecloths are slowly creeping into the coat closet too, which is right next to the bookcases.

This piece of furniture is actually a buffet but we use it as a TV stand. We like to recline when watching TV and so we picked this because it is high. It also helps me because it has a lot of storage. Behind the right door are dvd's but the rest are holding dishes and flatware sets.

The one below is our coffee table. It has 8 drawers on each side and the sizes are just perfect for each set or 2 of flatwares. It is so convenient when I am trying to decide which ones to use.

We are still in the family room and this cabinet holds my flow blue collection. the one on the right is a console in the foyer. I am using it to store some plates and in the drawer are napkins.

I used one drawer of the French cabinet in the living room to store the Old British Castle salad plates and another colorful set.
Now, we are in the dining room and this room has lots of storage pieces and dishes, of course, See the oak flatware case under the oak cabinet? It is holding 2 sets of silver plated flatware.

My very favorite French provincial china cabinet. It looks pretty and it holds a lot.

Done with the dining room so let's go to the kitchen. I think I will  just let you browse around. The photos are self explanatory.

Everyday dishes under the kitchen island and inside and above cabinets and frig.

Breakfast nook hutch holds lots of Polish pottery and then some.

The trunk and the chests under the corner cabinet holds more table linens.

Another one I really like because of the convenience is this  that I use to store napkin rings and place card holders.

Approaching the bar is a small case holding glasses.

Right across is this.

Inside the bar.

Laundry Room
I converted the broom closet into a charger plate storage by adding wooden shelves. Usually this is packed but I used 10 of the chargers for my tablescape for dinner tomorrow night with my classmates. Candles and candle holders are in the laundry room too.

We're almost done and we are now in the garage. These 2 shelvings hold dishes and glasses too and table accessories. Do you see the door there? It leads to a walk in closet that I am using as a dish room.

Inside the closet.
Ahhhh, I am finally done. I think I have almost 100 sets of dishes now.

Thanks for coming by and thanks to the Tablescaper for this fun party.


Terra said...

Christine, I admire your organizational skills, and also many of your furniture pieces are very gorgeous.
Your guests will have fun with you, that is for sure. Report in when you can.


Oh geezzz Chris, if I was home I would take some picks...but who cares I,m having so much fun browsing at your stash all over the house it cracks me up!! I should take Sofia,s stash and post too, she's getting there, lol!! You are very organized my friend and all your great furniture are justnot beautiful but terrific storage places. I miss you all, wish I was home, I,m exausted from PLAYING MOTHER!! It,s no wonder God gives us kids when we,re young!!!!!...I know you know what I mean. Luv ya,

Magnolia Blues said...

Ha! I'm happy to see that I'm not the only one who has this problem. If I ever build a house, storing my china, glasses, and cutlery will certainly be in the plans.

I wish you a very happy occassion when hosting your college classmates. I'm certain they will enjoy themselves.


Entertaining Women said...

I think that you've successfully dealt with the contents of all those boxes that were waiting at the door when you returned from the birth of the new babies several months ago. You've done a great job. Thanks for inviting us for a peak. Cherry Kay

Kathy A Delightsome Life said...

OH, My goodness - I did not realize - Wow! You are very organized - have a lot of dishes, a lot of lovely storage area - My favorite was the French Provincial! I think you get the crown for Queen of dishes and storage! I am impressed!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh you do have a ton, but you have it all stored so beautifully and displayed so each piece looks special. I love that dish stand on your island, how fabulous is that. Have fun with your College friends, and how wonderful that you all get together each year. Can't wait to hear all about it. Hugs, Marty

Shelia said...

Christine, I think you win the prize for the most dishes! :) You have the most wonderful spots to store them in too!
Have fun with your friends.
Be a sweetie,
shelia ;)

mississippi artist said...

Oh my goodness, this made my head spin!I have never seen so many dishes! I used to be like this, but now I am cleaning everything out, I don't want to collect all of this any more. Have you done a tsblescspe with the Alice in Wonderland china? Have fun with your friends!

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

I am flabbergasted Christine!
You really do have the most amazing collection of dishes and all the other goodies!
Enjoy your reunion, sounds wonderful!

Chubby Chieque said...

Ha ha... Ate, I guess, Kuya John have to build a mini-house for your blings.

Well organize talaga.

Enjoy the rest of the w/end.


Olive Cooper said...

I bow in the presence of greatness. Well done Christine for storing 100 sets.

Diane said...

Oh Christine! I hope you never have to move. It would take a truck or two just for your fabulous collection of tableware. Loved seeing behind all of those doors - what a treat!

Robin said...

I think you and Cherry Kay will have to share the crown. I shouldn't be surprised since I don't ever remember you using the same dishes twice! You have some beautiful cabinetry to store everything in. Enjoy your reunion! Sounds like so much fun!

Robin Flies South

Dianne said...

I think 100 sets of dishes deserves some kind of prize doesn't it? Certainly you should get a prize for being so organized and finding places for everything! Well done. Dianne

Beth said...

Wow, Christine, 100 sets of dishes! And all stored very neatly and organized so that you can easily locate them. I am truly amazed! I love your dishes, your cabinetry, your home, and the tablescapes you create. You are very creative, Christine! Enjoy your company!

Creations By Cindy said...

Christine, you are the dish Queen! Love how you have organized it all! WOW! Your tablescape as always is beautiful! have so many gifts and talents. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

lala said...

Okay, now that I have just picked my jaw up from the floor, I would like to say ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!!!! You definitely are extremely talented with your ability to store & organize. I am in awe of your collection. Y

Debby@Just Breathe said...

All I can say is OMG!!! I have to show this too my husband. He always thinks I have to much stuff and I only have 10% of what you have.

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