Monday, September 21, 2009

A Dining Jewel

My daughter's friend recently moved into a new apartment. It's the first floor of an old home that retains many of it's old fashioned charms like hardwood floors and this small built-in china cabinet in the corner of the dining room. 
Doesn't it look sweet, filled with an heirloom china tea set that belonged to her husband's grandparents?
However, that's all the storage area this room offers. And she owns a lot of beautiful dishes. She needed a place to house her dishware and linens. When she saw this beautiful piece at the thrift store, she fell in love.
She debated a bit but with my nudging, combined with the fact that everthing was 25% off that day and it would cost less than $40, she made the purchase.
The wood is similar in color to her dining set and the vintage hutch is right at home next to the modern pieces.
(Notice those gorgeous candlesticks? They were also a thrift purchase that day.)
She gathered all of her dishes and let me play and arrange. When I was finished we were both ecstatic.
When displaying dishes in the open, it always looks best when there is balance. Do you see how every shelf contains something that is red, gold, cream and glass. Even the patterns are spread throughout. And just for fun we added two huge pears ($1 each thrift finds). 
Now all that's left is to add new hardware and this thrift store find will be the jewel of the dining room.

24 comments:

Love the Decor! said...

Wow!! What a deal that hutch was!! You did a fabulous job of arranging and display! Love those pears. Was there more You could do dell those off in blogger land
(starting with me:)

Sunny said...

Now, why in the world can I never find pieces of furniture so well priced?!? This is a fantastic find! Great job!

Embellished Bayou said...

You did a beautiful job accessorizing, I especially love the red plates standing up on the middle shelf. It's so nice to see ordinary things become art!

Patricia@nmyfreetime.blogspot.com said...

Stunning arrangement!

Lisa said...

Beautiful
Great find for a great price.
Nicely done up with all those colours.
Lisa

Beth said...

Good deal on the hutch! I like it. And I like how it was decorated!

Elizabeth (blue clear sky) said...

Great deal on that hutch, but it was really transformed when you arranged her special things. Love the colour and interest it brings to the room, and the extra storage space must be a huge plus also.

Sandy aka Doris the Great said...

How beautiful and what a find. I'm glad you talked your friend into getting that piece. And wonderful job of decorating and organizing.

Gwen said...

Really nice piece made more beautiful with your arranging!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Great buy on the hutch! Love the pears, too! I think without the touches of red on the shelves, the other items would have disappeared in here.

Andrea said...

What a great dish display!! I'm sure she is very grateful for your "tinkering" :)

the queen said...

whatever thrift those items came from, I want to go there!!!!

You did a great job staging the dining room.

~Kimberly said...

That looks so great! I love it! Wish you could come and help arrange my china cabinets!!!

Chanelle said...

You have the vision to take it from the floor of the thrift store to that beautiful display! And I SO want to go to that UNIQUE store, was that in DC? Sounds like a whole day of fun.

ceekay said...

Wonderful find for $40.00! It looks fantastic!!

Heidi@TheCraftMonkey said...

ok, the hutch IS beautiful, but O.M.G. those pears were only $1!! :) LOVE it. I'm currently working on a make over for my hutch and I currently HATE it (not the make over, just the work!)

Darlene said...

Wonderful find on that hutch and you have decorated it so PERFECTLY!! I absolutely LOVE it!!!!

Stephanie said...

That looks so gorgeous! I need you to come arrange my vases/trinkets for me, I don't have an eye like that.. Great job!

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

What a charming piece she found...after you arranged all her items...this bargain really came to life. Thanks for sharing.

Blessings,
Linda

ross said...

Good feature! Dining Room Furniture looks fantastic.

northern cottage said...

So cool - I love to see your finds & your displays. Yours was one of the first blogs I ever saw & I loved it from day one....I just started my own blog (very newbie) - just wanted to let you know you were part of my inspiration!

http://northerncottage.blogspot.com/

Tiffany -n- Albert said...

I thought you might enjoy this post about flea market tips: http://mynottinghill.blogspot.com/2009/09/flea-market-finds-tips-with-eddie-ross.html

Jaime said...

This is gorgeous. I love the color choices, they blend beautifully on that wood hutch. What a lucky girl to know you and have you do the arranging.

6p00d834524f6f69e2 said...

$40!!! What a steal! She will never regret buying it. It looks great with her dining set & your arrangement looks fabulous. Another fun idea (if she ever decides to change it up) is to line the back walls of the hutch with scrapbook paper. Really makes it pop & its a very cheap change.

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