Thursday, October 11, 2018

Touring the Hutch

Some time ago I mentioned buying a wall unit in which to store all of my dishes for my dining area. I promised a blog post, but had great difficulty photographing it because it is in a very bright room, with a large bay and other windows, and I would always get reflections when I used the same camera that I use for taking pictures of food. Enter the iPhone (I finally caved and got one), and its magnificent camera! I must say, I am duly impressed with how well that thing takes pictures. It didn’t seem to mind the low light, so I was able to take photos from various angles, sans reflections, so here goes. 
I had never particularly been happy with this wall behind the table in the dining area upstairs. I knew I wanted something large, that could hold all sorts of dinnerware (you have to know it doesn’t hold everything), and could be attractive yet functional.
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One evening I was watching an episode of “Elementary!” and saw Mycroft preparing food in his kitchen. Behind him was a giant, black wall unit that held all of his dishes. I knew at that moment that was exactly what I wanted. The fates were with me because two days later I got a Pottery Barn catalog in the mail, and there was this wall unit.

I ordered it immediately, as apparently did everyone else, because it took over three months to finally arrive. When it did, I was absolutely exuberant! I don’t think I was ever as excited about a piece of furniture as I was this one.

Initially, it was a bit daunting. This thing is big! It is comprised of a base, a hutch, and two towers. Together, it is 10 feet wide. Fortunately I had the wall for it.

In decorating the top of it, something I needed to do because of my vaulted ceiling, I looted the area above the cabinets in the kitchen, ending up having to redo those.
I am happy with the outcome, and particularly pleased with the “Main Street" sign because St. Charles is known for its lovely, historic Main Street.
It makes me happy to see so many dishes in one place. I love being able to set a beautiful table whether for 10, or just one. I enjoy changing it up for the season, and am in the process of changing from neutral fall colors, to vibrant October colors.
I will continue to share as the seasons change, but here is what it looks like at the moment.




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3 comments:

Alycia Nichols said...

Of course, I love looking at all the dishes as much as I enjoy looking at the hutch in which they're so beautifully arranged! You KNOW we know these are not ALL your dishes!!!!!!!! That's OK, though...we all share the same affliction! Pottery Barn came through for you! I wish I had the wall space for something so dramatic as this. Funny from whence some ideas originate. Television and movies get it right when it comes to decorating! (I can't tell you how many spots in our home emulate stuff I've seen in movies...especially those starring Diane Keaton!) I'm so happy you are so happy with your fabulous acquisition, and I hope you have lots of fun playing with it with each season! Have a great weekend, darlin'!

bj said...

OOO...it is just stunning, Patti....and you have styled it so well.
Gorgeous.

Madonna/aka/Ms Lemon of Make Mine Lemon said...

Oh to have a home for everything.... heaven. Who knew Mycroft was be the inspiration that makes me smile.