Monday, February 21, 2011

Living Room China Cabinet

Lexington China Cabinet
Lexington China Cabinet
Readers familiar with my blog may have seen some of my excessive plate collection displayed in my Welsh Dresser (see links below).  Today I thought I would share my living room china cabinet, which is an entirely different style.  (There is no consistent decorating theme flowing throughout my house...)
Lexington China Cabinet
Lexington China Cabinet Top
In 2010, I was lucky enough to get a magnificent Lexington China Cabinet from a moving sale.  I practically had to pass an interview before the wonderful couple moving sold me this piece, along with a dining room table and six chairs.  (It's a good thing my house has an April Aire humidifier, for example.)  They would not sell the dining room table and chairs without the hutch.  Fortunately, my husband had previously agreed I could purchase a dining room table and chairs.  This china cabinet would be forever out of my budget (with four children and limited income) if I hadn't found it at this sale.  (The total for the hutch, table and chairs was under $1000, hardly inexpensive, but definitely a great deal) 

The two piece china cabinet has beautiful wood, a mirrored back, individually paned beveled glass doors on the front, and a curving arched center, with inset lighting.  The side windows are not beveled glass.  This is undoubtedly the best piece of furniture I own. (Unless the 'antique' furniture I've collected here and there are of an Antique Roadshow caliber, which I daydream about, but realize is highly unlikely)

Does your heart ever beat faster when you get find an incredible find?  I can still look at this furniture months later and smile. Often, at night, it is the only light on in the living room as we watch TV.

I think my Welsh Dresser is great at displaying an assorted collection of plates and objects that don't match, because the Welsh Dresser has no glass doors or lights to compete with the collection.  The living room china cabinet is a different story.
My living room china cabinet is better suited for the Rosenthal china set my parents got when they married, which I was given in 2002. Because the china cabinet doors are beveled, I think it works well if the china pieces displayed inside match.  The beveled windows, the smaller panes, each work to render the display inside in a more impressionistic or surrealistic manner.  Sometimes you can't quickly make out what you are looking at with all the glass, and I think with the matching china you get a pleasant  impression of glowing color and shapes with a pattern to it.

Pink Depression Glassware
Pink Depression Glassware

I have several different sets of stemware on the various levels.  It's hard for me to have a large piece of furniture and not use it for storage, filling it only sparingly.  If I had a larger house, I would probably change the way I have the bottom level and the glassware arranged.

Below I opened the door and took a shot inside to show you the Rosenthal china without looking through the beveled windows.

Rosenthal Pompadour china
Rosenthal Pompadour china
(Click on the images to see them enlarged.)


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29 comments:

Lily Dily said...

I love your china..it is beautiful!! I have a build in cabinet in my kitchen and have blue and white glass iin it...I will have to follow up w/pictures...thanks for your great pictures...Linda

gengen said...

wow they are so beautiful...Happy 2nd time around Tuesday. Mine is up also.

Shelia said...

What a beautiful china cabinet you have and it does sound like you got a great deal on it and the table and chairs. The cabinet looks like ti will hold lots of dishes!! And...your dishes are so pretty! Now you've left me me wanting to see your table and chairs! :)
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

xinex said...

Your china cabinet is gorgeous! And the Rosenthal china set is stunning!...Christine

Jeanne said...

I think your purchase was awesome and reasonable for the beautiful China cabinet and table and chairs. My china Cabinet new was 2500. Ethan Allen. Your china is so pretty as well. Good choice no doubt.
Hugs, Jeanne Yep, I am a Jeanne too. Smile

Tammy said...

i would be happy with one set of china, i love yours. thanks for sharing this at my party!

Coloradolady said...

Oh, beautiful china. Happy VTT!

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

I don't blame you for still admiring it! I am sure that couple would be so happy to know how much you cherish the set!

(Queenmothermamaw) Peggy said...

Love that china cabinet. You were lucky indeed to get that for that price. I have one with the light inside that I love too. Your china and glass ware show up to good and are beautiful. I could a couple more cabinets myself. Since I am the only grandchild left I seem to have everything. I try to give my grands pieces but so far they are not into antiques. Only want new stuff. Great post.
QMM

Fauziah Sukiman said...

Your Rosenthal china set is stunning.


PuteriFauziah

raniaclare said...

elegant hutch! and your china collection were stunning.

Linda @ A La Carte said...

That is an amazing hutch! You really did well to get it and the table and chairs. Love the display inside...thanks for joining JFF this week! hugs, Linda

Annette said...

I love your beautiful china and it looks stunning in the china cabinet!

Donnie said...

What a wonderful way to display that gorgeous china and glassware.

Simone @ Doberman's by the Sea said...

You have nice things-love Rosenthal.

Sherry said...

That is a beautiful china cabinet. I love the china and crystal displayed in it. What a great deal you got on it all. So pretty. Thanks for showing us and linking up!
Sherry

Julie (Legacy Crafter) said...

what a beautiful way to showcase all of your marvelous china and crystal pretties!

Mari said...

HELLO AND HAPPY PINK SATURDAY~WOW!!! WHAT BEAUTIFUL CHINA YOU HAVE :)

XO~MARI

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Just beautiful!! Gorgeous china and display! Thanks for sharing at FNF!

Gabriela Delworth said...

Happy Pink Saturday!


Love your cabinet!


~ Gabriela ~

Kim @ Cheap Chic Home said...

You did get a good deal, Jeanne. The dishes look so pretty, the pink glass are nice and delicate. You've got everything displayed so well.

Tess said...

What a wonderful deal you got on your furniture and I love how you have displayed that gorgeous china and your crystal. Really beautiful!

Brambleberry Cottage said...

And I thought I had a lot of china! lol Looks like you've got me beat, Jeanne. Good thing you have those pretty hutches to display all those gorgeous pieces in!

Thanks for linking to the party each week. And I hope you'll be joining me for "Funny Faux Pas Follies," as well.

Blessings,
Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage
http://thebrambleberrycottage.blogspot.com/

LambAround said...

Your post has been nominated for the Best in Show Award this week! Be sure to vote! Congratulations and good luck :)

Counting Your Blessings said...

Wow - you got a great deal! Lovely pieces inside it too.

Thank you for sharing your French Inspiration with us.

Blessings... Polly
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Counting Your Blessings

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Eric said...

Great Post. Absolutely stunning transformation of that cabinet! It looks so fresh and you gave it a whole new life. :-)we Would like to see more post of you in the future!
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