Thursday, July 27, 2017

An Extra Foot

We have limited space in this little cottage, but I love having things on display.


In January I spotted a beautiful plate rack on Pinterest and knew it would be perfect solution to our limited space.


  I searched online and found a few more plate racks for inspiration before I spoke to Steve

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- he absolutely hates to hear the words, "I have an idea...".


A neighbor said the racks would be a fun project for him so Steve designed the racks
and I found new places for the ladder and shelf


while Joe built the racks.


Last month Joe hung the racks and even before they were painted I had to to throw together a quick display.


After I painted, I took much more time in my styling, adding little bits and pieces here and there.


I felt that something was missing above the shelves so I moved our street sign - we scored the sign when the city changed all the signs at the beach to blue.


A little blue mixed in with the white is perfect for summer.


I love that I can create vignettes on the wall and grab plates quickly when I need them all without taking up any valuable space in our tiny dining room.


I could live with the crisp blue & white all year long,


but I look forward to using fall colors


and can't wait to see them decked out in red, white & greenery at Christmas.


The title of the post is "An Extra Foot" - the amount of space we gained for walking through the room.


I loved staging the ladder against the wall, but it stuck out about 15"


and the shelf was 12".


The plate racks are a mere 3" in depth


so our walking space is 12" more than we had before and believe me, that space makes all the difference in the world.


The dining room isn't the only room where we have gained a few inches of space, but that's for another post.

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42 comments:

bobbie said...

A brilliant idea ~ I love it!!
Good on yer, my friend!

Susie said...

Carol, This is fantastic. I think it looks beautiful; with all your future displays too. So clever. Blessings to all, xoxo, Susie

Sarah said...

Looks great, Carol. I've looked here where we might do the same, but can't make it work. You are going to have fun styling these racks.

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

What a fantastic idea and how wonderful to have an extra foot of space. I totally understand, living in a small place myself.

It all looks lovely ~ FlowerLady

Seawashed said...

Love love love it!!!!

Art @ Home said...

What a brilliant idea! I absolutely love the look. You will have so much changing the racks for each season, holiday, and event. You'll have to post photos of your dining room when you make changes!

ANNE said...

looks totally beautiful! Love this idea!!

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

They look terrific and so glad that you gain more space. You are going to have so much fun changing them out.

Have a great weekend.

Mary

Junkchiccottage said...

Such a great idea love this Carol. Happy Evening. Have a great weekend.
xoxo
Kris

Stacey said...

I have that pin saved too! The plate racks are so perfect for a cottage with limited space. They look great!

Debbie Freitag said...

Perfect. They look like they are built ins and were meant to be there! What a fantastic idea!

Poppy said...

Pretty and practical, your new plate racks have added precious space to your cottage as well as another adorable thing to admire!

Poppy

Daphne Bryson said...

Good Morning Carol, What a brilliant use of space. I do understand about living in small spaces because our new house is on the small size, so any ideas to increase space is wonderful.
I was thinking of having a small plate rack to hang my plates, but I love your idea. Thank you for the inspiration. Your plate racks look lovely and as always your styling is perfect.
Have a lovely weekend,
Best Wishes
Daphne

Pamela Gordon said...

I love this idea, Carol! Your husband and neighbour did a great job of building these plate racks. They are perfect for small and narrow spaces and I know you'll have fun decorating them throughout the seasons. Have a lovely day. xx Pam

Mary 120 Spring Street said...

My husband just walked up and said, "What's that?" so I showed him your new plate racks and how you decorated them ... then I got so excited telling him about you that I had to get out the Cottage magazine your beautiful home is featured in. He's standing in the kitchen now, fascinated by the pictures (especially your husband's art ;) I can't wait to see all the ways you decorate your new plate rack, and I know you're both happy with the extra space.

Mary

NanaDiana said...

Carol, What a PERFECT solution!!! I love how it looks-clean and uncluttered but I especially love how much more space that gives you- almost a foot and a half is a lot of room when space is limited.

You did a great job on styling. Hope you have a great weekend. xo Diana

Sylvia said...

Carol, What a great solution. The plate racks are great. I love that there are 2 slots so that you can layer them. They look fabulous and an extra foot is really appreciated I am sure. Thanks for sharing and have a great week. Sylvia D.

Linda @ A La Carte said...

I love this idea and then to see them all done! It looks wonderful. I love how clean and neat it is. Plates displayed but simply and more space, yes!!

chateau chic said...

How well I know what a huge difference 12" can make when living small! Your plate racks are a wonderful idea for displaying all your pretties without taking up floor space. Love, Love, Love this!!
Mary Alice

Brenda Pruitt said...

A wonderful idea you implemented! I love the combination of blue and white, and I think it's perfect since you live next to the sea.
Brenda

Down by the sea said...

That's a fantastic idea, you have already created some fantastic displays! Sarah x

Melanie said...

I can't tell you how much "in love" I am with your built-in plate racks. Absolutely gorgeous and looks like they were the original to the house. Your carpenter friend did a great job! Believe me, I know how much an extra foot of space can make in a small house. That's what we gained in our bedroom when we got rid of our king-sized bookcase headboard. Our bedroom is only about 12x15. Made all the difference in the world.

Connie said...

Carol, I Love It!!! An extra foot is a huge difference in a small room. Even though your Steve doesn't like to hear you say that you have an idea, I'll just bet he loves the results :)
I'm going to "PIN" your new shelves, they are wonderful.
Connie :)

Kim said...

Outstanding, Carol. I love them and the way you have them decorated is just lovely.

Jann Olson said...

Carol, they are absolutely gorgeous! I must admit that I am a bit envious. :) I love how you styled your ladder, but the wall racks are so neat and beautifully styled. The rungs on my ladder are very slanted and I can not sit anything breakable on them. Thanks for sharing with SYC.
hugs,
Jann

Jessica@CapeofDreams said...

This is wonderful. You're giving me ideas. I wonder if I could fit something like this somewhere in my house.

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

This was a great idea! Steve should really smile when you say you have an idea! You'll have fun changing the display, it adds a lot of charm to the room without being in the way!

At Rivercrest Cottage said...

Really a great look and a wonderful improvement. When I saw your new shelves, I said to my husband, "Hey, Hon...."

Botanic Bleu said...

Carol,
Plate racks are on my wish list, but so far I have not found anyplace to put them. One day I just know I will spy a spot and wonder why I had not thought of that spot before. :) Yours look perfect, and look like they were built there from the beginning of your house. Of course, I love your blue and white plates.

Judith

Susie @ The Chelsea Project Blog said...

I just love, love, love plate racks and yours are tip totally fabulous! I'm pretty impressed with the router work, too. Do give the hubs a big thumbs up. Also thrilled that you have gained so much floor space back. A foot is huge!! Great job!! Susie from The Chelsea Project

HWIT BLOGG said...

Lovely pictures and a great idea :)
Always so nice visiting your blog...
Have a beautiful day!
Titti

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

AHHHH, Carol, I've been away from my computer the last few days, preparing for a yard sale. HOW DID I MISS THIS! Everything looks great, and you and Steve really know how to maximize the space you have with all the WOW factors. I wish we could have open shelving or something like this. It opens the area so well! Love it!

podso said...

An extra foot can make a huge difference. I like how you've styled your plate racks and know you will enjoy switching things around in the days and seasons to come.

Sandy said...

I love the plate racks and a foot of more space is a huge difference! You will be able to do so much with 3 inches of depth for styling those beautiful shelves. You style beautifully!

Cindy said...

What a brilliant idea! I can't wait to see all you do with your new plate racks! My husband is like Steve. He also hates to hear "I have an idea." But he heard it this week. Involves changes in 3 rooms.

Jann Olson said...

Hi Carol, I love your new shelves and will be featuring you at SYC later today.
hugs,
Jann

Amy at Ms. Toody Goo Shoes said...

Fabulous! The shelves are like changing pieces of wall art. Visually appealing, and practical, too! Great idea!

Patricia Krank said...

I love your plate racks Carol. I especially love how much walking space they save. I have a place in my kitchen that would be perfect for one like yours. You have a GOOD hubby!
Hugs dear friend,
Patti

Renee said...

The plate racks are great. So nice you have more space now.

Rita C. said...

OMG, Carol, as if your cottage couldn't get any better! I absolutely love those. When we redid our kitchen, I really wanted a plate rack wall near my existing pantry, but my installers were not really what I call finishing carpenters (my balcony guy was though, wink wink). I have similar pins on my virtual bulletin board for a someday look.
That looks so awesome! I bet you're lovin' the possibilities.....

Susan said...

Love the plate racks. I will spend some time figuring out a spot for something similar in my house.

Cathy @ My 1929 Charmer said...

Oh, the plates racks turned out beautifully...and a foot is a huge difference in our smaller home...Now I have to admit I could think of few places this would work well at the Charmer...I bet Steve is happy you came up with this idea. I could see myself catching my toes on the ladder since I've done it here.. I really love the look and a great way to display our dishes..