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Monday, February 7, 2011

51st. Table Top Tuesday



Welcome to the 51st. Table Top Tuesday.  I am so thrilled you are joining us. 

As I've said a million times, my house is VERY small with VERY limited storage.  This poses a problem since I have so much stuff, and I always seems to find BIG stuff.  Eventurally there is no place to store it behind doors, so I had to start trying to figure out how to store it in a decorative manner in plain sight.

My laundry room has cabinets above the washer and dryer and I utilize every inch of it for household cleaning supplies and all my spray paints and stains and stuff.  The white cabinet if full of candleholders, candles, and tons of other decorating and crafting supplies.  So that leaves the tops of things.


The top of the secondary refrigerator and the cabinets are great candidates for storage.


The antique wagon has been up there for a while, but now it holds some of my larger white pitchers.  I also put a ton of smaller things in front of the wagon.   I tried to make them look attractive as well as store them while not in use somewhere else in the house.


The tops of the cabinets are holding two tureens and my dad's old tool box.  A few flowers and it looks ok.


Even the top of the white cabinet holds tons of fun accessories.  No space is sacred, I cover it all with something.

The tops of my kitchen cabinets store a ton of things also. Previously on this section of cabinet above the fridge I had just the Tea can and a floral arrangement, but I need to store more stuff.  The top of the fridge didn't get a break either, I put my favorite tureen and 3 of my roosters on it.

The antique pull toy horse, another tin and the coffee grinder replaced the floral arrangement.


The tin is so big it will probably always be here.


This helps to store 3 more things instead of just a floral arrangement.


Since I do love this floral arrangement, of course it had to find a place.


It works perfectly with a table runner on the breakfast room table.  After all, it's wheat and feathers.  Now I know you all agree that anything with wheat and feathers needs to be showcased, right?  ( You can even see another peek at my new chandy I got for Christmas.  Isn't it perfect!!!)

So where do you store all those big items when the closets and cabinets are full?

Thanks so much for stopping by, I always look forward to your visits.








75 comments:

  1. Your home may be small, but every inch of it is beautiful. I love all of your vignettes. They are all amazing. Storing the big stuff is hard. You do it better than me.

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  2. Your beautiful laundry reminds me of the laundry I had at the farm. It was a small house with little to no storage. I figured out a way to do as you did. It didn't have cabinets for several years. We found salvaged cabinets and put them in the room, which helped so much.

    Love what you've done, Marty.
    Thanks for hosting!

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  3. Marty you have the prettiest accessories and know just how to place them.That last picture of your breakfast table is my favorite SOOOOO
    pretty!! Martina

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  4. I just love the wagon filled with the ironstone pitchers atop the fridge! That's such a great vignette.

    I also love that old tea tin in your kitchen. I think I commented on it before when you showed it. I would LOVE to find something like that!

    Nancy

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  5. Marty, I love your accessories! They are all so pretty!

    I love your centerpiece too.

    Thanks for sharing!
    Pam

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  6. Hi Marty,

    You certainly have a gift for storing things beautifully in plain sight! It helps that the things you're storing/displaying are all so attractive and nicely positioned.

    Hope you have a great week!

    Fondly,
    Bill

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  7. I think it's great that you store everything so cleverly & well as attractively. I guess what I'm saying is that even your storage looks wonderful! :)

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  8. Oh marty you have a lovely way of displaying your extra pieces. I am up to my elbows in purging today. There is no more room at the Inn, Help!!!!

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  9. I love how you utilize all your space~ especially space that is functional. Your wagon displaying your wonderful pitchers is genius & so charming! Thanks for hosting :-)

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  10. I wish my storage areas look like that. Will you come to my home......please! You are amazing and so creative with every inch of space you have. Thanks for inspiration.

    Thanks for hosting and enjoy your evening.
    Gail

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  11. How pretty, Marty! I love seeing your wonderful pitchers in the little wagon...great idea! That wheat and feather arrangement is simply gorgeous! Happy week!...hugs...Debbie

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  12. Hi Marty! You know how to store your pretties and you make it all look wonderful.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  13. Are you running out of storage space. I can't imagine why????? Anyways, storage of any antique at my home can be found for a very small fee! In fact, I could pay you!!!

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  14. Marty,
    I'd say you are "over the top" with creative storage ideas! What lovely camouflage! During Christmas I stored a huge red decorative bowl under the guest room bed. HA! No problem until I searched the entire house after the holidays until (in the middle of the night) I remembered where I had put it. I'm NOT doing that trick again! HA! Thanks for showing us all your lovelies!
    Fondly,
    Pat

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  15. I always wonder where everyone keeps everything? Luckily I have a huge pantry and dining room..and if it can't go there it goes to the basement.....but it is a mess!
    So have been looking at some cabinets to put down there...its is all in rubbermaid tubs and of course I can never find what I want

    love love the tea tin! I have a blue iron like the one u have it was my moms as a little girl.

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  16. So tidy, everything in its place!
    Where do I keep things when I run out of room? Have you seen the trunk of my car? :)

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  17. Your home is so nice and neat I love keeping everything in it's place.. Thank you for hosting Marty have a nice evening.

    ~~Pattie~~

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  18. Hi Marty!
    i love how all your "storage" looks! I do the same thing. Pretty thinkgs get incorporated into the decor so I can get to them when I need them. Although, I do have some boxes under the bed for decorative items I use off and on.

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  19. Oh Marty...it all looks so beautiful! Storage? They all look like perfectly appointed vignettes to me! LOVE!

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  20. your storage looks beautiful to me! Mine would not look so nicely put together. But to store things I don't have space, I think I put under beds, add higher up close shelves and store there, etc... :) that or purge - as bad as that sounds - when I have no more room, time to purge - but your stuff right now just looks pretty not cluttered, so I think you are good - LOL :)

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  21. Oh Marty, you should see the corner behind my stairs in the basement; really scary!! Love that wagon with the ironstone pitchers!!! Storage never looked so good,
    big hugs,
    Debra

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  22. Hi Marty, I love how you've found creative and functional ways to use every inch of space for storage. You have such pretty things - they need to be out on display to enjoy! ~Susie

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  23. You managed to display your stuff beautifully while storing them, Marty. I have the same problem, too much stuff. I use everything I can, all tops of cabinets, fridge and now the walk in closet in the garage too. ...Christine

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  24. I love that you show case your treasures out for all to see instead of storing them away. Like you I have space above my cabinets displaying treasures. Thanks for hosting. hugs ~lynne~

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  25. Marty, your home is just so warm and inviting! Storage is an issue at my house too! One day the last 2 kids won't be here any longer and boy do I have dreams! I have turned my coat closet into shelving for all of my decorating stuff, however I am running out of space! The best part of big items, they hold small stuff! Thanks for sharing as always!!!

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  26. Good thinking, Marty, taking advantage of some vertical space. My hubby and I have talked about downsizing to a condo {from a 4 bedroom Colonial} but he thinks that will be too small for us because "we have so much stuff", as he put it!

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  27. Marty, we can never have enough storage. you have done well! The laundry room looks fabulous all decked with your piece. Your home is so warm and inviting.

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  28. Your home is so nice, even the laundry room is pretty! I have to sell off stuff whenever we move, it just get's too much! Thanks for hosting.

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  29. Marty, I just love all your vignettes in your laundry room. You have some great collectibles and always display them so well.

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  30. Lovely vignettes in your laundry room!!! Thanks so much for hosting.

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  31. Hi Marty!
    All that loveliness and not even a speck of dust! I would be afraid to show the tops of my laundry room cabinets! LOL!

    I love all of your beautiful pieces. The centerpiece is lovely.
    As usual, you always create the prettiest vingettes.

    hugs
    Sissie

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  32. You have a beautiful home, Marty. You have used every inch wisely and it looks wonderful! We can all learn from you, dear lady. Thank you for opening up your home and sharing your lovely displays for all of us to see.

    Blessings,
    Sandi

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  33. Marty: you use storage so effectively and attractively, which is hard to do at the same time. Thanks for hosting! Jennifer

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  34. Thanks so much for showing us more of your beautiful home. Everything looks so pretty and organized. I am about the most UNorganized person around. As we speak, I am FINALLY cleaning out our large, walk in closet. Should have done it back in the summer but, hey...
    I was blogging. What can I say!!??!:))
    Thanks so much for hosting.

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  35. Marty, you have even turned storage into wonderful vignettes! You are definitely a master at creating vignettes. You have prettier things stored in your laundry room than I have on my tables in my living room! Always wonderful inspiration here. Thanks! laurie

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  36. Hi Marty! You are a girl after my own heart! LOL! You have done a GREAT job utilizing your limited space~~ truly you have. I think everything looks very purposely placed and just lovely. I enjoyed looking at your treasures. I have that white grape tureen in one of the first pictures. Of course it is a thrift store find! :)
    Great post!

    Donna

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  37. Hi,
    I'm your newest follower. I love your blog! I hope you will stop by to see my blog too.
    Hugs,
    Mary

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  38. Beautiful vignettes! Everything looks like it was meant to be in these spaces, not just as storage.

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  39. Love your storage in plain sight! I have to sue every available space for storage also.

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  40. I like all your storage solutions. As for me, I'm good at moving things on. I get tired of some things and give them away or sell them. I am always looking for space anyway though! I'm a new follower, Marty! When I started blogging I didn't get the follow thing! I'm fixing that!

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  41. Hi Marty! My house was built in 1913, which makes it 98 years old now. It may have a lot of charm, but not much storage space. Lots of my overflow goes up in the attic, or down in the cellar. Thanks for a great party!!

    Love,
    Susan and Bentley
    xxoo

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  42. Hello Marty, Thank You for hosting this evening. And I luv the vignettes you had posted for this evening and that beautiful kitchen.......Julian

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  43. Marty,
    You have the prettiest displays. Love the antique pieces.
    Sherry

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  44. Hi Marty, thanks for hosting. I tell ya your house never appears small to me. I am thinking you have some great room sizes! That floral piece does look great on your dining room. And of course all your collectibles are wonderful and displayed so pretty. XO

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  45. Funny that you posted where you store/display a lot of your things, I've been thinking of doing the same thing, but you beat me to it!

    Your displays/storage look wonderful! You have some really neat things! I love the wagon, coffee grinder, etc!

    Thanks for hosting!

    Katherine

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  46. Marty - your home always looks lovely and so well put together!

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  47. Marty, I so relate to using the tops of cabinets and refrigerator to store things decoratively. Make me feel badly for people who have furr-downs above their cabinets.

    You have put things out so creatively! Thank you for sharing your ideas.

    Becky

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  48. Thank you Marty,

    For hosting and sharing all the creative fun.
    LoVe the new chandy you got for Christmas !

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  49. You have some fun things! I'm lucky. My house isn't one of those huge, gorgeous ones...but, it is pretty big now that it is just the two of us. I have lots of kitchen cabinets, laundry room cabinets and a small kitchen in the basement. I also took an extra bedroom just for my tablescaping stuff. My problem will be in a few years when we decide to move!!

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  50. The tea tin is a great piece. I actually bought a storage unit for the basement this weekend so I could store some of my unused decor items on it. The top of my cabinets are chock full also!

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  51. Marty, thanks so much for being a gracious hostess and thanks for sharing your home with us. Everything is so nicely done!

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  52. Rather than looking like storage all of these look like lovely vingettes. (-:

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  53. What a lovely array of fabulous vignettes Marty!.., Thanks for hosting yet another wonderful TTT!


    Cheers and hugs from Wanda Lee
    @ http://silkenpurse.blogspot.com

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  54. So glad you were blessed by my traveling fabric story!! God sure is good!!

    Marty I don't think I remember seeing that tea bin/tin. Gosh it is such a neat bin!!! Love the scale too. You have such neat things and use your space just wonderfully displaying them to perfection!!

    More snow tonight!! 0 degrees right now- just thought you'd like to know so you can thank the Lord for your warm weather!

    bee blessed
    mary

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  55. Hi Marty, I love how you have organized and display your beautiful things. Your house is so clean as well as beautiful. Happy TTT!

    Kathy

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  56. I have too much stuff since we now have a smaller house. Which is why I'm trying to start an Etsy! I love that big old tea tin. That's fantastic!

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  57. You are very creative in finding ways to store things and still keep things looking nice.

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  58. Ahhhh Storage with Style...that's every nook and cranny of your beautiful home. It's fun to find as many possible ways to Store In Plain Sight! You are a Master! Thanks for all the Inspriational Storage Ideas!

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  59. Morning Marty,
    Enjoyed your post very much. Loved all your pitchers in the lil wagon,
    so cute.
    I know I store things in that way too. On top of my hutches, under tables. I used to have those built in areas in my kitchen years ago before we moved to this house and I was tired of them, and this kitchen doesn't have them, but sometimes now I wish I had them again, cause I love that look again, but top of the fridge is all I have now!! lol
    Thanks so much for hosting as always, you do wonderful job and you always leave such sweet and encouraging comments for everyone, that takes a lot of time and effort, so thank you hon!!
    Blessings, Nellie

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  60. Your "storage" is entirely too pretty to be called that!
    I have a small round table with a long skirt that things sometimes hide beneath. Other than that, large seasonal things go in the top of my closet or in rubbermaid bins in the attic!
    That red tea tin is AMAZING. love it!
    Happy Tuesday!

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  61. Being in a 2 bedroom apt also poses a "need more storage" problem. Our closets are filled to the MAX!!! Thanks for hosting, Marty. Today I bring you the sweetest cupcakes ever! Alie made them with me!! :)

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  62. Hey Marty,...I "LOVE" all your "stuff", you say your home is small, but it sure packs a big punch, a big punch of creativity,color,love,interest,and lots of special mementos.
    I'm runnung late, with table top, but I finally got with it and posted, hope you'll share the love and visit LAZYONLOBLOLLY.
    ~JO

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  63. HI MaRTY!!!
    I love all your stuff too, and I wondered how you fit it all somewhere, great idea to store but use!!
    I love that large tin box and the pull horse, great great items!!!
    I will bet you found them for a bargain too!!
    Good for you!!
    Hugs,s
    jamie

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  64. Marty thanks so much for becoming a follower of mine I look forward to joining many more of your parties. Martina

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  65. Hi Marty...

    Oooh...you really do have one of the prettiest laundry rooms ever! I love that it's storage space is also used for displaying some of your fabulous pieces!!! Girlfriend, the pretty white pitchers look awesome in your little wood wagon...I love that look! Wishing I had one of those little wagons right now...I'd be copying that design idea from you! Hehe! I also think that your beautiful tureens look gorgeous stored/displayed up on top of your cabinets! Seriously...I have laundry room envy right now! wink! You always come up with the prettiest vignettes ever...always so very inspirational!!! It looks fabulous, my friend! Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful laundry room with us for TTT this week...it's always such a treat, sweet friend!

    Well my dear, I do apologize for being so late to come by and leave you a note...and especially since I signed up for the TTT party! It's just been hectic and I seem to be falling behind with everything...especially my blogging! I hope that my note is finding you well today, Darlin'!!!

    Love ya,
    Chari

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  66. Honey, I feel your pain! I am running out of storage space too! I love how you have displayed all of your treasures!!!! It looks so pretty. Love the cabinets over the fridge! I linked up with you today! XO, Pinky

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  67. Luckily I have plenty of storage, but when we downsize some day I'm sure I'll have to get creative.

    BTW, you have another storage area-inside the big tin on top of your cabinet!

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  68. I do the exact same thing.....I've covered every inch of space I can think of! I don't have a china cabinet or hutch and my husband just said the other day..."you need a china cabinet to put all these dishes in...we should look for one".....ah ha!!! My plan has worked! :)
    Hope you're having a great week and thanks for hosting such a lovely party...it's really growing, isn't it?

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  69. I do love how you have utilized every inch of space. And I love your antique wagon!

    Jocelyn
    http://justalittlesouthernhospitality.blogspot.com/

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  70. I'm late to the party but thanks for hosting Tabletop Tuesday, Marty! I don't look at it as using every available space to store stuff but rather that even your laundry room is beautifully decorated! Your accessories are always wonderfully arranged in fantastic vignettes and never look like clutter! Love that wagon with the pitchers inside!

    DD

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  71. Just taking a lunch break at my new job and wanted to tell you I love that wagon!!! You have it all accessorized so nice!

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