Wonderful White Dishes

I’ve been playing around with my camera more, working on the settings and getting those beautiful shots that we all love and I’m pretty pleased with how these came out, so I’m showing you my white dishes.   Again.
Remember that green flatware that I got for $1 at the yardsale?  I love how they look mixed in with the white dishes.  I’ve managed to get so many pieces added to my collection, that I’m really running out of room in here for more. But, I’ve got some ideas on how to make it work a bit better for me. Still loving the Antique White walls in here.  It’s just so peaceful and calm. These faux pears look so real, don’t they?

So fun to mix them all up.

Birds and bunnies really do work together. Urns up high on my columns came from Southern Living at Home, now Willow House. So, you can see I don’t have much room left for more.  But, I have a plan that I hope will give me a little more organization in here.  I brainstormed with Layla while she was here, after thinking this over and told her my idea of taking down the 4 smaller shelves on each side and adding 2 chunkier shelves in the middle where the mirror is now.  I think I’ll add mirrors on either side flanking the sideboard and I’m going to build 2 shelves for the middle.  I had considered selling my sideboard for a larger piece with an open hutch on top, but it would be hard to find just the right piece at the right price for that plan.  I think this one will be fun to do!

They will be larger and deeper than the ones I have now, so I should be able to group all my white dishes a little better.  I considered 2 large chunky shelves from Ballards in White, but I think after seeing this pic, I’ve changed my mind…Love these rustic shelves that I spotted in this month’s House Beautiful, so I think I’ll try to come up with something like this.  I could stain the boards dark to go with my dark wood furniture and either do old rustic corbels OR some iron ones like this pic.  If I can find the right corbels to work together, I think it will be stunning.

Oh, and I’ve also got some ideas on adding some picture molding to the walls above and using one of those cool new lattice stencils.  I am picturing it now, so hope it turns out the way I’m envisioning. Of course, you’ll be the first to see it all once I get it finished.  That might be awhile!

So, wish me luck on this one!  I can’t wait to see what I find out there to make all of this work.  I’ll be on the hunt for some old corbels or iron brackets for this project.

For some extra white dish inspiration, I spotted this beautifully stocked china cabinet filled with my favorite dish hue in the October issue of Living.  Ahhh….doesn’t this just make you smile?! Shelves are a great way to display collectibles, don’t you agree?!


Sometimes I have to pinch myself.  I’m truly awed, amazed and humbled at the opportunities and open doors that have come my way because of blogging. Truly amazing!

I have huge and exciting bit of news to share with you!! A few short months ago on Twitter, some girls started a campaign with Nate Berkus and the new show that he is doing, which by the way, just aired for the first time on Monday.  They started a blogger’s Nate Day and asked everyone to blog about Nate’s new show, which I did here, in June.  I love Nate and have followed him for years after his debut as a designer.  He does fantastic work!

Anyway, they put an idea out to Nate’s producers to have a blogger day, inviting the bloggers who had blogged about Nate’s new show.  Well, they came through and we all got invitations to come to NYC next Tuesday, the 21st, for a blogger’s show!! Can you imagine how much fun that is going to be??  I got 2 tickets, so got to invite a guest and I’m taking Sarah with Thrifty Decor Chick with me to the show and we are meeting up with our friend, Kate and Emily and several other girls that we have met through blogging.  I’ll be going up on Monday and returning home on Wednesday.

I’ve only been to NYC one time about 15 years ago on a quick business trip up to NJ and it was WAY too fast.  I’ve always wanted to go back, so I am just beyond thrilled for this fun adventure.  I think the show will be taped and shown later, so I’ll try to get the scoop on that.  A whole show full of decor bloggers, how fun is that going to be?!

Before you get too jealous, they are not paying our way up there, we are all on our own for that, but it’s a wonderful opportunity that I wouldn’t miss for the world!  And of course, I’ll be taking about a zillion pics to share with all of you!

I have watched 2 days of Nate’s show and am absolutely loving it! If you love decor shows, I think you will too.  You can click on the link to Nate’s website for all the details and to find a station near you.  The best part?!  He’s on every single day with lots of great ideas, celebrity guests, and inspiration. I predict The Nate Show will be a HUGE success.

- Rhoda


  1. Rho:
    I am so excited for you! I was watching the show yesterday and thought to myself, wouldn’t it be wonderful if Rhoda could be on Nate’s show and tell him about all of your wonderful bargains. You go girl. I am so proud of you. Love you,Judy

  2. What a fun project! I will be looking forward to see how it comes out – you are SO creative! And yes, I thought the pears were real. 🙂

  3. Karen Medders says:

    I found iron scrolled shelf brackets at Hobby Lobby.

  4. Hi Rhonda,
    You have such a wonderful touch and eye for putting together lovely things. Your shelves are beautiful.

    I’m excited about your trip and a big congrats.


  5. You did a wonderful job with your camera!

  6. Rhoda, those are some really pretty pictures with your new camera. I have been thinking about getting a new one also, could you share your model? I think reworking your white dishes with larger shelves is a great idea! And…have fun with Nate!

    • Sherry, thanks so much! I got the Canon T1i back in June and have really had fun with it. There’s SO much to learn about these DSLR cameras.

  7. Your photos are so very lovely. I would have thought the pears were real.

    Your opportunity to go to Nate’s show is one that makes me just a bit green with envy. I love Nate’s heart for others and his immense talent.

    Becky K.

  8. Rhoda, I’m in LOVE with how GORGEOUS you white dish display looks! LOVE love love it! I’m so excited for you and the Nate Berkus show, how AWESOME! You lucky lady! He seems like such a sweetheart. 😉 If you have a second, stop by my blog, I have a give away!

  9. Your white dishes are lovely & your pictures of them are wonderful!
    Jealous that you’re going to NY and taking TDC with you!! Maybe she wouldn’t notice if I jumped in her bag {I’m from Indy too}! Enjoy : )

  10. I love the way your pictures turned out – they look professional! Have a great trip to NYC – your gona have some fun!! I love his show and can’t wait to see the episode full of my blogging hero’s!

  11. How exciting! A trip to NYC, my favorite city besides Chicago. I love your white dishes. I think the new shelving idea will be fabulous.

  12. I love the green flatware mixed in. They are so pretty. I thought the pears were real. I have some around here somewhere which I need to find. Not quite as real as those though. Can’t wait to see the shelves.

    The trip sounds like loads of fun. Quite jealous as I have always loved Nate’s work too. He seems like such a nice guy. And lovely to look at to boot!

  13. Your dining room looks great the way it is, but it will truly be outstanding when you carry out your latest plan for it, I’m sure.
    Your white dishes are SO pretty!
    On your way to NYC!!! How very exciting! I can’t imagine what you must be going through at this moment!!! I am so happy for you, dear Rhoda, you are such a lovely lady.
    Hugs, Cindy

  14. Rhoda, I’m so excited for you!!

    And completely jealous that you and Sarah get to hang out. I really should be there too. That would be a blast!

    By the way, Martha Stewart didn’t pay my way to NYC either. 😉 But it was worth it to go!

    Have a blast!

  15. love the photos – great work (and white is so tricky to photograph!) I have a large hutch in storage (very similar but much larger than the one from the “Living” photo) that I can’t wait to paint and fill with white dishes (I have to collect MORE!) Thanks for the inspiration. Now what color shall I paint it?? hmmmmm.

  16. Oh, Rhoda, what a fun opportunity for you! And aren’t you smart to go with Sarah? If anyone is qualified to show you the parts of NYC that you want to see, it’s Sarah. Y’all will have a blast, I know. Enjoy!!

  17. I’m a lover of white china too-easy to work with, but I adore the green flatware! It adds a llittle suprise pop of color…The Nate Berkus Show-so exciting!!!!

  18. I love your collection of white dishes. ‘Congrats on going to the Nate Berkus show!

  19. I love your ideas for redoing your wall to display all of your pretty white dish collection. It sounds wonderful. I can’t wait to hear all about the trip and the Nate show. Sounds like such fun. Hugs, Marty

  20. Rhoda,

    Nate is so talented and seems like such a sweetheart.

    Your ironstone collection will look great displayed against a darker shelf. I am working on something similar. Thomas swears my ironstone collection multiplies while we sleep. (If only!) Looking forward to seeing your solution.

    Your Friend,

  21. Hi Rhoda! Oh, I love all of your pretty white ironstone pieces! You do have quite a few pieces! 🙂 Love the addition of the faux pears – I have some of those too and the little touches of bunnies!
    Can’t wait to see what you’re going to do.
    Congrats on your upcoming adventure.
    be a sweetie,
    Shelia 😉

  22. That is so exciting! I am sure you will have a lot of fun!

  23. Hi Rhoda! Those pictures are GORGEOUS! Truly magazine worthy! I never thought I would enjoy the photography side of blogging so much and I am having so much fun learning about all of these great tricks. Thanks for inspiring us to take our pics to the next level! And, how exciting about the Nate Berkus show!!!!

  24. Hi Rhoda! Congrats on your NY trip! I hope you have a blast and I can’t wait to hear all about it!
    Your photography looks beautiful. I was so frustrated taking pics of my dining room yesterday. I don’t have great light in my home but I’m wondering if there’s something I could be doing with my camera to improve the situation. I need to learn more about photography!

  25. First, love the photos of your white dishes. Very nicely done. Second: Woo hoo on your upcoming trip to NYC! How fun will that be?! Have a wonderful time, can’t wait to hear all about your adventures there.

  26. Lucky, lucky you-going to see Nate the eye candy decorator-I’ve watched his show 2x so far and I like what I see too! Love all your white dishes and can’t wait to see the new shelving-I’ll be waiting!

  27. Congrats on the trip to NY and TNBS….how exciting! Love all your ironstone…..can’t wait to see the new arrangement! I’m sure it will be spectacular!

  28. Okay dear Rhoda….I don’t have a jealous bone in my body….that is until this post………..OMG I ADORE NATE !!!! I had the 13th circled on my calendar so I would remember to record the show….I just love everything he does…..I can still picture that tiny apt he did in the very beginning of his journey….

    Have fun NYC is so pretty this time of year !!! Cool nights so take some sweaters………

    All the best,
    Kathy 🙂

  29. I was lucky enough to be in Nate’s audience for a taping the week before last! In NYC with my family for a little end of summer vacay…I took my mom and we had a blast! His producer who does between segment stuff is hilarious! We left there with $50 BedBath&Beyond gift cards to boot! Hope you have a great time as well! If you have a chance, you should walk up 57th street after the taping and have lunch at the Russian Tea Room! We did and it was amazing! xoxo

  30. ps me again….I just heard that Rue is shuting down her blog, I really enjoyed her 🙁


    Kathy 🙂

  31. How awesome is that?! I saw another blogger that I follow was invited to go too. I’m still pretty jealous- having to pay for it yourself and all. Have a blast! I’ve recorded all his shows this week but have yet to sit down to watch them.

    And lovely plates. I think two chunkier shelves will look nice.

  32. Congrats Rhoda! That is such exciting news! I hope your trip is wonderful! Can’t wait to see what you do w. the new shelves.

  33. So excited for you! Have fun!

  34. Hi Rhoda
    I am finally sitting here with my feet up, getting back to see this post a little closer. I love your idea for the shelves!

    Great job with the photos, too.

    I have not seen Nate’s new show, but will definitely check to see if it is available here. I have always loved seeing his work! Congrats on seeing his show and NYC in person!

  35. How exciting! I love Nate too. I just checked his site for the time and channel that his show is on here in Detroit. 2am! For real!

  36. Hi Rhonda, first of all congrats on going to see Nate’s show. How exciting is that? I’m sure you will have a great time. Can’t wait to see the post on that. Also, I love the white pieces that you have been collecting. I am also a collector of all things white when it comes to serving pieces, etc. So fun to see what you have. Thanks for sharing.

  37. Congratulations on your upcoming television appearance and on the white dish display dilemma—can’t wait to see it when it’s finished.

  38. Rhoda, Rhoda, Rhoda, that is such exciting news!!! I am so happy for you, that is amazing!!! Oh what an audience that will be. I wonder if they will gear the show towards bloggers. How fun, I can not wait to hear allllll about it. I also have to mention your idea of center shelves and two mirrors on each side, Love this idea I think it will look great!! KATHYSUE

  39. Whooh Whoo……….. You are going to have a blast! Congrats to you!!!! Nancy from OHIO

  40. Wow! That is exciting. I love the white dishes.

  41. Rhoda, I am so thrilled for you! Can’t wait to see that show. Love your idea with the shelves. I think corbels would look awesome.

  42. Love your dish display. Please stick with the sideboard. It is more versatile than a hutch. It is gorgeous now and you have plans for a different design that will be just as beautiful. I’m sure you will come up with yet a third design when you decide to change it up. A hutch would not be as versatile.
    I am familiar with Nate Berkus ( I love his mom, Nancy Golden) but didn’t know about his show so I watched today. He is very engaging and has a huge heart. But the show wasn’t what I expected. Have a great time on your trip. Look forward to seeing all the pics.

  43. Awesome news Rhoda! I’m so thrilled to see these opportunities. I can’t wait to see the pics from your trip.

  44. Wow Rhoda, How exciting to be going to Nate’s show. You will have to tell us when it airs..I don’t want to miss this! You go girl!

    I love your white dish collection and the way you have it displayed. I know it will be fantastic however you decide to do the shelves.
    xo, Sherry

  45. I love the green against the white dishes. Great pics! I love, love white dishes. It gives such a crisp look to a table. You can mix in anything to dress it up.

    Have fun in the Big Apple!

  46. The clock is striking 10:00, off to watch Nate! Have fun next week, NYC is so much fun!

  47. Rhoda, your photographs are magazine worthy! Simply gorgeous! Love the ideas that you have planned out in that creative brain of yours! Can’t wait to see how it all turns out!

    And Congrats on getting to go to New York!! Oh, how I LOVE that city! I went a couple of years ago for 4 nights and had an absolute BLAST!!! You will LOVE it!!

    What channel does he come on in our area?

    Take Care!

    Lou Cinda 🙂

  48. Rhoda~
    Have so much fun in NY with Sarah! I’ll record it so I can hopefully see you! Be sure you eat some cheesecake at Carnegie Deli for me~

  49. 1st I was going to definitely leave a comment after your white dish post….I LOVE what you’ve been doing and can’t wait to see further transformations!!!
    2nd And then you post about going to Nate’s show!!! WOWZA!!! I’ll say a prayer for travel mercies for you~! I know you’ll have a great time! I enjoyed my work times in NYC back in the day when I was doing magazine work….always too much work and not enough time to play, but I tried to squeeze in some things!

  50. I hope you have a great time on Nate’s show, what a neat thing! And you already know I love this display of whiteware. So lovely.

    You mentioned the wall paint was antique white — who makes it? It’s just perfect!
    ~Angela 🙂

  51. You are going to have such a great time!!! Congrats on the tickets. I’m so envious!!

    ~Allison @ House of Hepworths

  52. I love these dishes. We have 3 sets of them which is wonderful in white color. I love this white dish collection.


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