Recently several of you
have asked me where I keep
all of my tablescaping
Well, it just so happens
my sweet tablescaping buddy,
Alma, over at
is celebrating her third
(Happy Happy Alma!)
and is hosting a
Perfect timing for me to
respond to you
and for me to share
where I stash the goods!
Like any dishoholic
"things" are kept all over the house.
I'll share with you by levels of our home,
starting with the basement.
For the most part,
the basement is finished.
Mr. B did all of the work
and we have a bar (he built the bar!!),
a home theater with a 100" screen,
a bathroom and, the unfinished portion,
a storage room.
The storage room is where
I keep most of my dishes,
various table decor items,
holiday decor, except for most of my Christmas bins.
I have so much Christmas stuff in bins
they are stored up in the rafters in the garage.
If you are a professional organizer
or someone that likes things
organized in a logical manner,
you may find some of the
upcoming photos too graphic
You have been warned...
Starting from left to right here is
what my tablescaping storage looks like in the basement.
(thank you Alma for stating it doesn't have to
be pretty or organized!)
Sorry the pictures are so dark but, it is a basement.
This shelving unit holds most of my vases
and faux flowers as well as some
This shelf unit is where
most of my dishes are kept
as well as more vases
and, again, larger items.
I recently rotated most dishes I have used
from the buffet upstairs to this shelf
and put ones I haven't used in the buffet.
We shall see if that means less trips
up and down the stairs for me.
These bins hold all of my seasonal holiday items.
Easter, Valentine's Day, Fall, Halloween etc.
I am really trying to keep
all holidays, with the exception of
to one bin!
Easter takes up two, Fall takes up 3 so, you can see my
system doesn't always work.
I have (fuzzy) bins with placemats,
crystal, silverplate, candles etc.
All are marked to make it easier for
me to find what I need for particular tables
This corner, far right in the storage room,
houses all kinds of miscellaneous items.
Items I haven't gotten bins for yet,
things that are too big for bins,
a larger bin with my Candlewick collection, etc.
This space needs work
(as does the whole storage room, I know I know).
There is a small cabinet over by our craft table
that I keep most glasses in
that I have stored some of my flatware
and votive candle holders.
home brew supplies.
Mr. B is so organized!
All on two shelving units.
All easy to see and get to.
I did not include photos of his space.
I didn't want to confused you with
his neatness and my clutter.
I can imagine his blood pressure
goes up a notch or three
when he sees my use of this space.
Now we head upstairs to
the main living area.
You have seen my buffet before.
I LOVE my buffet!
It has two large cabinets
and three deep drawers.
Lots of room to store more
This is the right side where I
have some dishes and
the coffee set that goes with the
set of china Mr. B gifted to me.
The left cabinet with
even more dishes and
The bottom drawer holds
Some serving pieces.
It looks pretty empty!
I think I need to find more to fill it with (grin)!
The middle drawer needs to be cleaned out.
It seems to be the junk drawer
of the buffet.
Nothing makes sense in this drawer.
Frames, pencils, random plates...
The top drawer is where all of
the napkin rings are kept.
I have them all in baggies.
I'm thinking if I cleaned out that
middle drawer I could
organize these better...
This is the china hutch
in the kitchen eating area.
I usually have it decorated for the
holiday or season
but I have been failing at this lately.
The buffet has two drawers and
a large cabinet at the bottom.
I keep more candles
and candlesticks in the drawers.
Not very neatly I might add.The bottom cabinet
holds 3 of my flatware boxes,
my Hazel Atlas luncheon sets, some Candlewick pieces,
my Marilyn Merlot collection
and miscellaneous decor items.
On to the top level of the house.
The main guest bedroom,
(we call it the green room,
cuz, y'know, we are all fancy and stuff,
and well, cuz the walls are green)
is where I keep my table linens.
The closet runs the length of the far wall.
I use hanging shoe
holders for my napkins. I purchased the hangers
at Ikea for CHEAP!
I really do normally try to
keep the napkins coordinated by color
I recently purchased 4
pants hangers, two on each side of the napkins,
for my tablecloths.
I can fit 5-8 tablecloths and/ or runners on each one
I clearly need to get more.
I have two under bed storage bins
stashed under the guest bed
that I use to keep my chargers in.
I need one more as, until I do,
I have shoved some chargers
randomly under the bed.
So, if you come stay with us,
know that you have limited space in the closet
and, I may need to crawl under your bed.
That screams welcome now doesn't it?
Off to my final
hiding storage space.
We have a second guest room,
this one is called the budgie room,
cuz I have pictures of birds on the walls.
This room is small, it has a small closet,
a daybed and a dresser.
One drawer of the dresser holds
And the other holds my, not so neatly folded,
doilies and spare burlap.
The rest of the drawers hold
scrapbook paper, more picture frames
and other items I am not certain of.
I didn't open those drawers to take pictures.
They frighten even me!
Now, what didn't you see?
I didn't show you the kitchen cupboards but,
we do have our everyday
dinnerware, Corelle, some more Candlewick pieces
and our everyday water goblets in them.
I have to tell you,
this post has really opened my eyes!
Taking the photos and then
seeing them posted here
makes me realize that on the next
rainy day, when I can't be out gardening,
I really really need
to be doing some organizing!
I mean, after I am done setting
up a tablescape that is!
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Don't forget to come by on Tuesday's
for the link party.