Saturday, June 4, 2011

Where Does She Keep It All???

First of all ~ Happy Second Blogversary to the Tablescaper!!

My cottage was built in 1913. While it is charming, it is
short on storage space. No walk in closets. No big pantry.
Back in 1913, Boise, Idaho was a small town.
So where do I keep all of our dishes, collections and
what I consider necessities?

Hanging over the stove.

Tucked inside vintage hutches.

On top of hutches.

And on top of cabinets.

Inside open shelves.

Stored in baskets in the back porch pantry.

On top of shelves on the back porch.

Tucked inside the shelves of the hutch in the dining room.
There are many more hanging shelves, library stacks, etc. that
hold all of our treasured, well loved and often used pieces that
make our cottage a home. I shared just a few this time.

I am joining

Bentley ~ did you know that Boise is the most remote city in the
lower 48? Salt Lake City is 6 hours driving time to the east
and Portland, Oregon is about 5 hours to the west. In between
are lots of mountains and high desert. It's a good thing that there
is blogland where we can visit our friends in just seconds!

Susan and Bentley


  1. Bentley, you have helped Susan organize everything so well!!! Good boy!

  2. Susan, I can totally relate to the storage issues of older homes. Ours was built in the 30s. With few cabinets and closets, I rely on pieces of furniture. And I need more. ;-)
    ~ Sarah

  3. Susan, you and Mr. B. sure have made good use of your storage spaces. I love that you put your items in canning and jelly jars. I saw this in a recent issue of Romantic Homes and have been wanting to do that myself.

    LOVE all of your sweeeeeet collections!!!!!!

    and Fiona

  4. Love your collections.. and your creative ways to store them. blessings, marlis

  5. Even your stuff in storage is charming. Especially love the basket full of vintage thermos.

  6. You have found many creative ways to store your dishes! Thank you for sharing iyt with us. They look so pretty displayed!

  7. Your collections are wonderful, especially the blue and white dishes! As they say, "necessity is the mother of invention" -- and you've invented some very creative storage! Great job.

  8. Oh, I'm so glad that you can visit via the internet. It does sound a bit remote. You have so many great collections stored in my favorite way - out in the open, where you can see them!

    Thanks so much for coming to the party and sharing!

    - The Tablescaper

  9. Yep, we use every bit of space we can! Happy Sunday Susan:@)

  10. I love how you have stores your treasures. Your Blue Willow is gorgeous. I have seven pieces of antique Blue Willow that I bought at the Cape(Cod). Wish I had a hutch full like you!!

  11. now that is creative storeage.

  12. Wonderful stuff and I know what you mean about short on storage space. Our home was built in 1920. Cabinets, cupboards are our best friend. Love your treasures ~ even the way you store them ;-) Looks great

  13. I love how you have stored your treasures! Everything looks so beautiful and organized. I especially love those red plaid picnic baskets and thermos's! I've been wanting to get my vintage blue willow out of storage to hang and seeing yours has inspired me!

    Have a wonderful day, and belly rubs to Bentley!

  14. Very creative storing! I love your treasures, specially the blue and white! Youdid a great job putting it all away! Hugs. FABBY

  15. Wonderfully creative organization! Everything looks beautifuland your dishes are lovely. Thank you Susan for sharing this fun tour!

  16. I love how you display your pretty dishes...Christine

  17. I love how you have stored your dishes1 Until I moved to Houston I kept all my dishes packed in the cellar and seldom used them! When I moved here I decided it was happy to be able to visit you online too. Blogging has become my outreach for human contact. I have felt very alone since I have moved to Houston. Thank you for sharing where you keep your dishes.
    Blessings My Friend,

  18. You've certainly done a great job organizing your collections even though you have limited storage areas. Love your blue and white collection and your vintage thermoses, too!
    Blogland is wonderful for connecting with others who share our same passions.
    Thanks for sharing!

  19. You've come up with effective storage solutions for your wonderful collections. Thank you for sharing them. Cherry Kay

  20. Hi Susan,

    This post was one of my favorites from the blog party. I love the cottage look, and I can relate to the storage issues of an older home. Our first house was a 1924 Craftsman Bungalow, and though most of the main rooms were a good size, there was very little storage. While our current house is much more convenient than the bungalow, we still miss some of the charming features in that first home. They just don't build them like that anymore.

    I really love your pot rack, your blue and white dishes, your roosters, plaids, and your mason and jelly jars. Thanks for sharing!

    Denise at Forest Manor


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