Can you imagine the amount of meals these vintage plates have seen?

Not to be hidden away, these vintage plates, along with some new and antique items, have come together from all over the world and are now at home in New England and part of our much used collection.

decorating with white dinnerware in the kitchen

I am constantly changing the display on this pine hutch, especially with the changing of each season, but once we moved it into the kitchen, I was excited to style it all over again.

Once the pine hutch was in its place, I pulled out all of the white plates I had just tucked away in our china cabinet, many of which were used for recent gatherings and parties. (As seen in my ladies Christmas brunch and cookie swap post on YouTube)

One thing about moving into our new home is that when I go to use or find an item, I’m realizing things are still packed away. It wasn’t until after I took these photos, that I noticed my white tea set was missing from its regular spot (I do similar styling each year with a few modifications. I quickly hunted in some of the closets for the box marked white vintage teapot, saucer, and cups so that it could join in the photo opportunity. I then realized I either saw it last in the basement or the attic. Ummmm - it was night time… My Mr. was not home… and even though those two spaces do not give off a scary vibe during the day, I said to myself… “self… you can certainly wait until the sun comes out to to get them”. So at this time, please put on your imagination hat and envision a pretty complementary teas set on the hutch. I can assure you, you will see it later in a post about hosting a tea party.

tips on displaying white dinnerware in a hutch

Other than the plant, the above photo is before I started to add a few pops of green to the kitchen hutch display.

This collection was put together over time. The oval Ironstone was purchased at a thrift store over 10 years ago, the Limoges Plates ($8 for set of 8) and Ironstone plates ( $6 for set of six) were purchased at a local Savers, and the Wedgwood plates were given to me by my mother-in-law. The large dish, behind the green and white bowl, is from when I sold Southern Living products out of my store.

white ironstone plates in a vignette on pine hutch

A set of white Ironstone plates sit atop two Limoges plates and I think their patterns work together perfectly!. The mini cloche covering the faux apple, is actually part of a hanging candle holder from outside.

The green and white bowl was picked up at Consignment Corner in Chelmsford, MA for $11.99.

Snowwhite Regency Johnson Bros Made in England Ironstone
Ironstone plates and Limoges plates
Andrea by Sadek green and white bowl made in Japan
adding green to a kitchen hutch

Having created countless displays for retail stores, I enjoy thinking out of the box and do a few things out of the ordinary. For example the bottle placement. I could have left the three glass bottles in a row or placed somewhere else on the shelves, but by grouping them together and tipping one over, it draws the eye to the hutch. Putting the small cloche (upside-down candle holder) over the faux apple added another eye-catching layer.

White Wedgwood plates were put on the center shelf, while the Limoges China plates fill the shelves that offer a bit more height.

Vases from Martha Stewart's prop library
Wedgwood Plates in a kitchen hutch
Wedgwood of Etruria & Barlaston made in England
New England Style kitchen decorating
Limoges plates on display
how to display your dishes

I have many different types of collections in our home, but this one is the most functional.

Living Room
Limoges, Wedgwood, Ironstone

My oldest piece of Ironstone is the oval dish propped up on the back of the first shelf and purchased many years ago for a couple of dollars.

Royal Ironstone China Charles Meakin England  oval dish