...Now that I've typed this all up...I think I blogged about our makeshift hutch, like...years ago. But, onward!
So, my feeling on the matter is every home should have a certain number of what-the-heck-is-that artifacts. It just wouldn't be home without one or two pieces of defunct kitsch. Enter the eerily lifelike piggy bank of my dreams. I thrifted this in high school. It was seven bucks, which, for thrift stores in the area at that time, was kinda steep. But I just knew it was meant to be.
Anyway! Our little makeshift hutch is consistently one of my favorite corners in our home. We had a need to add in some additional storage of our own since our kitchen, though lovely, has only a few cabinets. So, when we moved into this space a few years back, we started using this shelving unit as dish storage. We decided, of all our things we wouldn't mind seeing displayed...it was the dishes.
And it's really interesting, as time goes on, to watch the face of our makeshift hutch change. Until fairly recently, we had almost entirely white dishes. My rule for home and clothing purchases is almost unfailingly...if it comes in white, buy it in white. But, sometimes...you find something really good at the thrift store, or your favorite bowls go on ridiculous clearance (only in non-white) and your husband eats like five bowls of cereal a day after all, so, you know, buy the colorful dishes and roll with it! ; )
Shelving unit: Ikea Expedit
Eerily lifelike piggy bank: Thrifted
Monogram mugs: Anthropologie (one, two -- teacup + gold sold out)
Latte bowls: Anthropologie (large, mini)
French Press: Bodum
Square-edged plates + bowls: Target
Cake stand + White Serving bowls: Marshall's
*Various mugs, gilded dessert plates, pyrex, floral saucepan, etc.: Thrifted