Styling a China Cabinet

I have always said that I am horrible at styling.  I always feel like my bookcases are a hodgepodge of stuff.  My mantle is always a work in progress.  But this time, I think I got it right.  This time I am proud of myself.  And I wanted to share with you the foolproof steps I discovered about styling a china cabinet!

First of all, remove everything! Then you can really see what space you have to work with.

Then, find some baskets or crates to hide the stuff you want in the cabinet, but aren't really artful.  I used an old whiskey crate to hide my holiday dishes.

Begin with adding your china.  Most of us have sets that all match.  This makes it easy.  Display some pieces and stack others.  Use all of the shelves.

If it looks sparse, that's OK.  Because now it is time to add in some decorative elements.  

When choosing decorative elements, stick with the color scheme of your china and the overall feel of the room.  If you have a very traditional space, maybe some polished silver or brass would work best.  For me, my dining room is a bit rustic and Napa Valley - ish.  So the boxwoods and metal work perfectly.

Now for the pops of color.  Again, this should go with the overall theme of the room.  Since my china cabinet is red and my china is creamy white, I opted to pop in the red.

C'est magnifique!  It's not over crowded and it serves its purpose.  You can also add in seasonal elements.  The pumpkins will disappear for some Christmas decor shortly.  

Keep it fun and fresh!

Now it's time for yours.  How did it turn out?

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