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January 24, 2012

China Cabinet Spruced Up!

Well- I'm still moving around the house 
updating, redesigning and organizing!
Today I tackled my China Cabinet.  
It had gotten a bit too disorganized and 
needed some editing.
Back in September I purchased
some new plates by Spode-
The Traditions Series
Archives Collection- Cranberry
*See below for description 

Initially I just squeezed them
in there.
 I bought acrylic stands for displaying them.
 By using the stands it allows me to stage 
some of the stemware behind and in front, 
rather than using the plate rail which 
would have kept them in a fixed position.
I relocated my red stemware to the top
shelf (they were behind the plates on the 2nd shelf)
 I moved the china set down to
the wood base surface.
 I also removed most of the crystal
stemware- washed and hand dried
them. Then I went about relocating
most of the pieces.

These are some of my favorite pieces
in my china cabinet...
Back in the mid 70's my parents 
went on a whirlwind trip of Europe.
While in Venice my Mother bought this
serving set at the Murano Factory. 
She's  been asking us to take
things of hers for years so I asked 
for this.
While in high school my daughter 
met a girl from Italy that was here
as a foreign exchange student.  Her
experience with her sponsors turned
out poorly so we took over and had
her live with us.  The next summer after
she had left we sent our daughter over
to see her in Naples and they toured all
over Italy.  While in Venice my daughter
went to the Murano factory and found
these glasses and a candy dish that she
bought for me!
This is a little favorite of mine that
I found at an antique store.  The first and
only antique I've ever purchased!  Since
I love gardening I was intrigued by it.
The tag said it was from the 1930's.
 I think I need more of the red Mikasa crystal 
pieces don't you??  :-)
This also gave me a chance to dust 
inside.  It's pretty sealed up but somehow
dust migrates in there over time.
Finally done and closed up!  
Whew! That took about 2 hrs to do!
Glad I finally did it!
*This set of six (6) 10 1/2" dinner plates in the Traditions Series from the Spode Archive Collection in Cranberry, made in England. The titles of this beautiful set of six are : Aesop's Fables, Caramanian, Castle, Greek, Lucano, and Milkmaid. This red / pink transferware series features magnificent traditional designs with wonderful landscape scenes of some of the most popular hand-engraved original copper engravings that were taken from Spode's archives. 
(I bought mine through Replacements Ltd. on Ebay)

I'm joining Bunny Jeans Decore and More
for her
Bunny Hop Party


  1. I love your spode transferware plates! I've been searching high and low for a transferware set myself =)

  2. Liz
    It looks lovely.
    and it always makes us feel better
    when everythings clean and organized!

  3. A beautiful job, Liz. I too am working on my hutch, which I regret buying in the first place. That is a long and rather boring story, but I really find it difficult to set up dishes and glasses in it. I like the idea of the acrylic stands, I am going to get some of those. xo

  4. China and crystal always looks better in a pretty cabinet all lite up. Good job. Richard from My Old Historic House.

  5. Liz, I love your China cabinet; especially the Spode. I have the Blue Italian by Spode. Absolutely love it. Also, thank you for the visit and the sweet comment @TheDedicatedHouse. It means the world. Hope you're having a grand day. Toodles, Kathryn

  6. Your china cabinet is great, Liz, I love it in itself and you've arranged it beautifuly! I love your red transfer you got last year. Have a nice evening.

  7. Love the dishes Liz! Your china cabinet looks so pretty with the new dishes and glassware. Great finds and the Murano glass set is stunning. We can always have more....

  8. Isn't it nice to get a job crossed off your list. Your new dishes are absolutely beautiful. I have been shopping for red stemware. I found some I liked but there were only two, so I am still looking. I used them in my Christmas Eve tablescape if you want to see them. I turned them upside down and put pillar candles on top! Have a great day, Liz

  9. Heck, YES, you need more of the Mikasa red crystal. Of course, you KNEW that I would say you need more....I believe more is ALWAYS better! :-) You did a beautiful job of restructuring the order inside of the cabinet! Great idea to use the clear stands instead of the plate rail. Lots more versatility! Isn't it weird how dust makes its way into the cabinet even though the doors are kept closed? No matter what I do, I always end up having to wash the dishes again!!! I think I'm going to have to get doors like they put on a bomb shelter to keep the dust out! :-) Beautiful job! Go, Energizer Bunny! Go! :-)

  10. Hi Liz,
    Thank you so much for visiting "Home is Where the Heart is", its a pleasure meeting you! I have enjoyed my visit with you today.Your china is beautiful and yes, yes, yes you need more red :)
    I love red so of course I would say add more red.
    You have such sweet and treasured gifts inside your lovely hutch.
    I have become your newest follower!
    Have a sweet day, Elizabeth

  11. I love the transfer ware and the way you stacked your cups and saucers. Editing is always a good thing!


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Welcome to Home and Gardening With Liz. I have combined my previous blogs “Infuse With Liz” and “Sit With Me In My Garden” into this new blog. I love interior decorating and gardening. I enjoy redefining interior spaces by moving things around and reusing decorative items already found in the home. I also enjoy creating tablescapes and an occasional crafting project. I'm so pleased you've stopped by. I invite you to follow me and I do hope you will keep coming back! Liz
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