Showing posts with label STORAGE. Show all posts
Showing posts with label STORAGE. Show all posts

Saturday, June 1, 2013


The most frequently asked question by my blog readers is: How do you dust all of your stuff?  Answer:  Don’t look closely.  I don’t dust often.

The second most frequently asked question is:  Where do you keep all of your dishes?  I’ve been collecting dishes for a VERY long time.  My sweetheart and I have been married for almost 44 years.  That’s a long time to collect if you are addicted to dishes.  I know you won’t believe me, but I have even gotten rid of some dishes in that 44 years (not many, but some).  When we remodeled my family home to move into it, I knew I wanted a dish pantry.  My dish pantry is long and narrow, so it’s difficult to take photos, but this mosaic will show you most of the cabinets in the dish pantry.

Bargain Hunting with Laurie

In the drawers under these cabinets, I store chargers and platters.

Bargain Hunting with Laurie

Of course, it didn’t take long for me to fill up the dish pantry, so my built-in cabinet that was supposed to be for the display of some pretty things, became dish storage too.

Bargain Hunting with Laurie

During holiday times, the most frequently asked question is:  Where do you store all of your holiday décor?  Again, I’ve been collecting holiday décor for 44 years, so when we remodeled the house, my sweetheart agreed that we needed a holiday closet (he was tired of helping me drag boxes from the attic).

Bargain Hunting with Laurie

This is another long, narrow space, so it is difficult to take pictures.  It is also a mess, but I’m the only person who ever goes in there, and I can’t believe I’ve shared it on my blog.  I won’t even let my best friend look inside this closet. I apparently have no pride on my blog, but you can’t say I don’t keep it real.  Have you entered the giveaway on my blog?  I know you can find something at Amazon to spend a $180 gift card on.  Enter here and on 17 other blogs.

Thank you for visiting.  laurie

For her fourth blog-iversary celebration, The Tablescaper has asked that our contribution for Seasonal Sunday this week be a “Where Do You Keep It All” post.  Congratulations, Alma!


Monday, March 11, 2013


Last week, I shared my storage on one side of my shelf unit, and nobody told me that had a nervous breakdown seeing all of that stuff on my shelves.  So, I’ll take that to mean it’s okay to share the second half of the shelf unit this week!

When you’ve been blogging for almost four years, you kind of forget that not everyone who visits your blog was reading your blog when you began blogging. (We’re not going to talk about that I can’t remember what I was doing 30 minutes ago either.) Last week, a reader asked me if I had fabric or paper on the back wall of my shelves.  My post about the fabric-backed shelves was about my third post evah! 
I draped fabric over tension rods, so that I could easily change the backing if I tired of it.  Of course, that was in 2008, and I still have the same fabric in the backs of the shelves, so I probably could have super glued it!
I always think my blog is just standing still until I go back and look at one of those first posts.  I haven’t learned much, but it is apparent that I’ve learned a little bit.  Looking at those early posts makes me cringe a little (ok, a lot!). 
I spared you closeups of the family photos, but I do want to share one of them.  11 years ago, our daughter married a fireman.  They traveled from the church to the reception in a fire truck.  It was so much fun! 
shelves 2
I am partying at A Stroll Thru Life for Table Top Tuesday.  Thanks for coming to see the rest of the shelves.  Next up, St. Patrick’s Blog Crawl at Cuisine Kathleen.  laurie

Monday, March 4, 2013


I know these shelves are supposed to be for display.  After all, that’s why I had them built.  When we moved in, they were display …for about a month.  Now, they are more storage shelves than display shelves.  You may recall that these were Santa filled at Christmastime.  Obviously, I had to put the Santas away and clutter the shelves with something else, so I’m sharing the non-Christmas look today.shelves

I should have put cabinet doors on the front of them, but I have a the “out of sight, out of mind” disease.  If I pack something away, it will never be seen again.  I rationalize that this also keeps me from acquiring more “stuff”.  If I don’t have some place to put it, where I can see it, I don’t bring it home.  Of course, I obviously don’t mind cramming stuff into my house.  May I call this the “layered” look?


I know what you are thinking…“No wonder she has the out of sight, out of mind disease. Who has this much stuff to try to remember!”

must pitc


That brings us to yet another disease I have.  It’s the “if you don’t use it, you need to get rid of it” disease.  Sadly, getting rid of “stuff” is another problem I have.  Yikes!  I hope none of this is contagious! 


I want to share a story about the little painting below.  I went to a charity auction about 20 years ago, and I bid on this painting.  I was so sad when I decided I had to quit bidding, because it was going too high.  I didn’t know until that Christmas that my mother was bidding against me, so that she could gift me with it.  I was sorry I had made her bid so high!

dog pic only

ftbl boy


Nobody can ever say that there is nothing to see at Laurie’s house!


chld china 1

chld china 2

fruit shlf

Today, I shared half of the shelves in my family room.  I thought it might be too overwhelming to see all of this “stuff” at one time, so I might show you the other half next week.  (Ooops! Did I just lose some blog readers for next week?)

I’m joining Table Top Tuesday at a Stroll Thru Life.  I’m glad you came to visit. laurie

Sunday, June 3, 2012


I am joining the Tablescaper’s “Where Do You Keep It” Party.  If you’ve been visiting my blog awhile, you’ve probably seen all of my china storage.  Same places as the last time the Tablescaper hosted this party – just more crowded!
My china pantry shelves are filled to the brim, so…
china pntry lft-vert
I’ve filled the countertops below the cabinets, and the ledges above the doors, with more china.
china pntry xtras
My stove alcove always displays dishes.
A china cabinet in the kitchen overflows with dishes, and the top of the cabinet and the wall hold even more dishes.
china cbnt kitch
My shelves of Quimper are filled to capacity.
quimper shlvs
No books are stored in the Barrister’s Bookcase in the kitchen, but the bottom shelf is my grand’s doll house (should have straightened that up before taking a picture, but when I’m showing you my stacks and stacks of china, what difference does it make.  I just let it all show in this post).
barrister shlvs
My shelves, which were designed for beautiful display, have been utilitarian, as I’ve continued to cram dishes inside.
blue cbnt btr
There are dishes in the sunroom.
plate rack lft
plate rack rit
After my previous post, several of you asked about my patriotic dishes.  I purchased these several years ago at Tuesday Morning.  They were made by Moda Home.  I don’t believe they are being made any more.  Delores at Vignette Designs did buy some on ebay last year.
moda home
There are dishes in the family room,
hutch bottom
famly rm shlvs
and even dishes in the master bedroom!
The last time I attended this party, bloggers said they couldn’t wait to show their husband’s my dishes, because it would make their collection look miniature!  Do ya think I need a Dishalholic Anonymous program?  Me too!   Go see The Tablescaper for links to a lot of creative ideas for storing dishes.  Thank you for coming to see my dish storage, and feel free to show your husband, so he won’t ever again criticize you for bringing home dishes.  He’ll just be grateful he’s not married to that Bargain Hunting woman.  laurie