Do you dream of having a dish room?
After moving my sewing studio into Spunky Daughters former bedroom, I suddenly had an empty room. Granted, it’s a small space that’s larger than a big closet but smaller than the smallest bedroom you’ve ever seen in your life.
Here’s a peak at the space as it is now…sorry to disappoint, but you see why I knew this space would be an awesome dish room!
Wouldn’t you enjoy cabinetry lining each wall for dish storage? Yes, that was my dream.
A new reality struck me.
This room is upstairs!
Why go up and down stairs carrying stacks of dishes? Plan B suddenly emerged…regular, ordinary storage space. Enter plastic open shelving.
It’s not dreamy at all like a dish room would be, but it’s practical and useful.
The dishes are currently stored in different areas around the kitchen – for quick and easy access. So, who needs a dish room? Especially if it’s upstairs???
Here’s a tour through my dish storage areas among my regular items in our ordinary kitchen cabinets. Nothing showy or fancy here, folks!
Let’s begin in the pantry, shall we?
I’ve numbered the sets of plates and bowls.
To many of you I suspect, the non-pretty things I share with you could be considered shameful. True confessions are never pretty.
Some lower shelves are filled two-stacks-deep and hidden behind kitchen appliances I use often.
Moving from the pantry into the kitchen.
Back in the day, I thought I had to get full sets of eight, twelve, or sixteen with matching dinners, salads, bowls…practical but sort of boring.
Who has room for an entire set of Christmas dishes? Now that I understand how to use accent plates for changing the look of a table, I broke down and bought dinner plates for Christmas gatherings. Do you love setting Christmas tables?
The funny thing is I never cared much about tablescapes before I started blogging. Do you find it to be a little addictive?
The buffet in the breakfast area holds place mats, dinner napkins, random items and one set of china. Gee, what a mess on top for this tablescape picture!
And, we can’t forget the china cabinet that’s bulging with random things beyond the two complete sets of china. The two sets on the table aren’t included in the count so far, so that’s four for this room.
Did you keep count? That’s 52 random sets, small and large (OK, mostly small…very small). With my usual one tablescape each week, that’s a different plate or bowl set for each week.
Until someone asked where I keep my tablescape stuff and said I’m giving Martha Stewart some competition for her forty something sets, I’d never stopped to count them. And probably wouldn’t have counted had it not been mentioned. My piddlin’ stuff is no comparison to Martha’s, but the number I counted certainly shocked me!
Do you have dishes stashed her, there, and everywhere? I ask you again…do you dream of having a dish room?