Friday, August 14, 2009

Displaying Plates


You all know I love plates! Generally I don't like mixing patterns or even colors. Well I like it when I see it in other people's homes but for some reason I can never get the mix right. So I never know what to do with those one or two plates that I pick up that don't fit into my usually displays.



But now I have a place to put them! I found this plate rack at TJ Maxx and knew it would be perfect in my home! I always thought I wanted one that you can hang on the wall but I really have run out of wall space so this one is perfect. It sits right on my kitchen counter!



It has a little shelf on the top where I can display cups and saucers and whatever (salt & pepper shakers?). I'm sure I'll think of other things to display on that shelf!



It also has a little place on the bottom that I thought was perfect for displaying some of my monogrammed silverware. Mmmm...you know, it probably a fancy dishdrainer!




Here are some of the dishes I have displayed today.






I'm looking foward to having lots of fun with this! There's my one and only lampshade I ever re-covered!



Thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to leave a comment. I truly appreciate it! Have a great weekend everyone!



61 comments:

Rechelle ~Walnuthaven Cottage~ said...

What a great find! Such a nice way to enjoy those plates and everything else. I'll bet it makes you grin each time you see it.

DawnB said...

Oh, Manuela, your idea is so timely for me. I just got a great deal on a dozen white cups and saucers, but no place to put them. Of course I even thought of that BEFORE I bought them, BUT, that DID NOT dissuade me! Now I think I'll put the cups and saucers in my glass front hutch and the dissplaced dishes can go in a nice rack. I love your beautiful homey ideas! and blog!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful plates Manuela. Now see, I am totally different in that I don't like a lot of *stuff* on my kitchen counters.

I LOVE your beadboard backsplash.

I was wondering if you would mind sharing the name/maker of the plate that has the guy fishing and the next one you show. Blue and brown or aqua and brown. Thanks so much!

You have a wonderful weekend also.

tina

tinam61@yahoo.com

matty said...

Manuela,

This is adorable! I wish I could WASH dishes and have them look this lovely!

Matty

Manuela@Pleasures of Homemaking said...

Tina - The guy fishing plate is a Alfred Meakin Staffordshire plate - English Bridges pattern. The aqua and brown plate (a favorite of mine) is from Anthropologie from about 2 or 3 years ago.

Manuela

Melissa Miller said...

Manuela I adore the precious plate rack you found! It's so functional and your plates are beautiful as well.

Thanks for the sweet visit today! We did relocate the spider to a different bush and he made a new web. A few days later we couldn't find it again though. Hmmm...:)

sara's art house said...

Beautiful! TJ maxx is awesome :)

Brenda@CoffeeTeaBooks said...

That looks beautiful!

I love coming here. My husband does not understand my love of dishes in general and the fact that they don't all match in particular (those I collect, of course).

The one thing I miss from my former kitchen is all the counter space.

Pat said...

Oh I love that plate rack and it looks great in your kitchen. Wish I could find one just like it.

vintage at heart said...

Lovely as always!!! Your posts always make me smile and give me that li'l bit of oomp I need to get creative around here with things I already have on hand!!!
~Although TJMAXX is the best place to browse for those unique home trinkets!!
Blessings!

Elizabeth said...

I like it! What a pretty neat way to display your plates. I have a few haning on a wall in my little dining room, but I'm not really liking that idea too much especially when my noisy/rude neighbors start running and stopming around above me...they vibrate the pictures (or anything for that matter) hanging on my walls..Gaaaa! I'm on the lookout for some monogrammed silverware....everybody in blogland has some except me :(

Storybook Woods said...

What a great find for your amazing collection !!!!! Clarice

Mrs.Rabe said...

I love that!

pammiejo said...

I really like that - it looks perfect there! PAM

Lisa said...

love love love your site, and always am inspired by your ideas! what a great looking kitchen, and so clean too! yum yum

Christine said...

It looks like it was made for your counter.
Perfect!

prof en retraite said...

Great idea, Manuela! You know I'm a plate lover, too, so I need any ideas since I'm running out of room on the walls! lol Have a great weekend...Debbie

Lisa said...

Manuela, you are entirely too clever! Each idea you have outdoes the previous! I would LOVE to tour your home. I'd spend HOURS just wishing, dreaming, and drooling, I'm sure! You are so talented.

Blessings,
Lisa

Shilo said...

What a lovely idea, Manuela! Have a blessed weekend!
Shilo

Heather said...

very nice! i love your counter top too!

Kathleen Grace said...

I think you might be right, if it's a dish drainer it's the cutest one I have ever seen! I havn't been to TJ Maxx or Homegoods in ages. Looks like i should go take a look!

Ally0005 said...

That is a great idea, great find.

Ally

Glenda/MidSouth said...

I really like the rack. I would like to have one, but I just don't need anything else on my counters.
Great job on the lamp shade.

scrappy quilter said...

What a wonderful find. I love your plates especially the second one you've shown.

Domestic Designer said...

What a great find! I see TJ Maxx in my future! Have a great weekend.

Marla said...

Manuela, I have seen this rack at TJ Maxx, I love how you have displayed your dishes. As usual I love your style. Marla

Kelly B said...

Ooooohhhhh... I love it! And the dishes look fabulous!! I wish I had more counter space... it looks wonderful!! :)

Farmgirl Paints said...

Wow you have gorgeous plates. I really love how you have them displayed. Really cute!!

Mumzie said...

What a great find...I was at TJ Max yesterday, but didn't see one of these. I love it! Looks great with all your vintage plates and the black & white checks. You have so turned me on to TJ Max. Have a great weekend! Mumzie

Stacey said...

Hi Manuela. I have always wanted one of those but counter space is carefully guarded around here. Seems like that would be handy when you have company. They will not have to search for a dish. Great find!

Dawn said...

What a lovely way to display your beautiful plates. I'd have to put a bow on every thing like you did the silverware or my mom would come in and try to put them all away for me!
Dawn

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

Love your plates display! It looks great on your kitchen counter.

Mrs. White said...

The plates are absolutely lovely! They remind me of ones that were in my Grandmother's china cabinet when I was little. I wonder where those plates are now? I'll have to ask my mother.

The plate rack is beautiful! You have such fabulous ideas!

On the sidebar of your blog, I noticed a picture of your pantry shelves. I have a homemade pantry (bookcase) in a tiny room off my kitchen. I love the "curtain" you have in the picture. I am going to see what I can find at the fabric store and do that too! I also love how the shelves are lined!

Living simply, like most of us have to, we don't often think about little creative touches like that!

Thanks for the inspiration!
Blessings
Mrs. White in rural Vermont

glorv1 said...

Manuelita, I just love your plate rack and what you did with it. It's super duper. Have a great Sunday.

Gretchen said...

I saw that rack at T.J.Maxx and almost bought one. I just don't have extra counter space. Besides, yours looks adorable with all your pretty plates and cups. I love it in your kitchen.

Gretchen

littlecasa/blogspot.com said...

I love the plate that shows the old house! I've never seen that pattern before. I'm still here lurking!

Nancy said...

Manuela,
I love plates,too and yours are so neat! That plate rack is too cool. I like how you have the cups stacked on the top part. I'll have to check out TJ Maxx to see if they have one of those plate racks.

Nancy

Sue said...

Hi Manuela.....yes, what a great find...I don't think I have ever seen a counter top plate rack for multiple plates....It looks great and I love the top part where you can display your cups....Hope you are enjoying your summer....Sue.

southerninspiration said...

oh, I LOVE the greens and browns of those dishes!!! Gorgeous, and I love the idea of the rack,too!!!

Suzanne

Gayla said...

i love it. i love how you tied the ribbon around the siliverware; i always find that it's the small details like that which make a difference between a house and a home. lovely!

FOR THE SAKE OF TIME said...

I agree, it probably is a dish drainer but you moved it up a notch! Love that look. You can change it with the seasons. Dishes are a real addiction!

Charla

FOR THE SAKE OF TIME said...

I agree, it probably is a dish drainer but you moved it up a notch! Love that look. You can change it with the seasons. Dishes are a real addiction!

Charla

Bella said...

What a fabulous find! It looks great on your counter with all your dishes.

Sue said...

Manuela, this looks like a perfect home for your collection! So pretty on your counter. I am like you...love the various dishes but not great at putting them together. LOL
This is a lovely little vignette

Sue said...

Manuela, this looks like a perfect home for your collection! So pretty on your counter. I am like you...love the various dishes but not great at putting them together. LOL
This is a lovely little vignette

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Oh, I've got to get to T.J.M.! That is a wonderful plate stand. You have some really pretty plates in yours. Thanks for sharing this inspiration. laurie

Paula said...

Your new plate rack is perfect for displaying your favorites. I like how you are also able to display both cups and some special silverware. It will be fun to change the plates out with each season.

Sugar Bear said...

This looks great! Perfect spot.
Karla

Laura said...

Manuela-
I love that rack.
I also was wondering where you found a black and white checked round piece that you put a mirror on?

I love black and white!

Laura

Bonita said...

And how long do you think it's going to take me to run out the door to TJMaxx?! That is gorgeous! I don't see many decorating items that I think I just must have, but this is one! I have a plate obsession and a tea cup obsession and a teapot obsession and well... I need this!

I love everything you put in yours and the checked cloth under it. I even have a black and white checked cloth to put under mine when I get it.

Thanks so much for the beautiful inspiration! I think TJMaxx out to give you a little commission for all of these they are going to sell now!

Carrie said...

Lovely idea...the dishes, silverware and cups make a very attractive display. They're also near at hand if you want to use any of them.

Margaret's Ramblings said...

What a wonderful idea Manuela. I also have many pretty plates that I find difficult to display. I'll have to look out for a plate rack.

Margaret

Rambling Girl said...

What a great dish holder! I love how you added some of your silver with the ribbon. You have such great taste in all your decor!

Brenda said...

Oh my, I WANT one so bad! We don't have that store. Wonder where I could find it? I don't have any more wall space either.
Brenda

Lee Laurie said...

I love your plates and your plate rack! I need one of those! I love to collect old plates and actually use them. Each meal feels special with a different plate! LOL Your lampshade turned out pretty too. Come visit me sometimes.

Hugs,
Lee Laurie

Sandy aka Doris the Great said...

I love the rack! I remember the 1st time my husband came to my apt for dinner (25+ yr ago), he said he really liked it because none of my dishes matched. I've always remembered that fondly, and I still can't pass up a pretty plate or glass!

Armchair Housewife said...

This is a really fantastic idea, and now I am going to keep my eye out for a fancy dishrack.

Linda's Blue Gate said...

Oh my that is soooo prefect I would love one of those .....gosh I love those plate all so one of a kind and just beautiful.... and a place for your forks...
HUgs
Linda

Nancy said...

Manuela, you really found some fabulous finds!!! I love that plate rack!!! Nancy

Melanie said...

What a great find with the plate rack. I would love to find something like that to display some of my plates. It looks so pretty on your counter.

Lady Katherine said...

Just love the dish rack! Love the dishes on it! What a great find! I got so much lately! I need to show, but not got it all out yet! I going to TJ Max and Marshalls next week, hopefully, I going to drive! Better go before we go to Destin, Fl. I will be spent too much there. lol