When I redesigned the china cabinets in my dining room, for some reason I can't remember, (I'm serious, I can't remember what the @#$% I was thinking) I changed them from corner cabinets to straight on cabinets. I also decided to leave the top open for a more casual look.
This is the way it looked when I bought my condo....
I really don't like a low chair rail. They are set that height to keep the backs of chairs from bumping the walls, but since I don't have any chairs placed against the wall, I moved it up for a better visual proportion in the room. I had wood installed to make a fake paneled look, just like I did in Miriam's dining room and my renovation project in West Palm
Beach. If I ever do another dining room, I promise to come up with a new idea.
Here's the after shot.....
I had the cabinets built to look like the wall was deeper, and that they were recessed. To make the entry from the living room look nicer, I added some simple wood strips to the doorway side and doorway ceiling to create a paneled effect. This looks much nicer than just a flat side.
I added touches of blue glass on the shelves to repeat the feeling of the chandelier.
This is the left
And this is the right side!!!!!!!!
The blue glasses are called hobnail glasses. They were produced by the Fenton Glass Co. I collected this stuff from EBay. I love these glasses and never use them. The reason I bought them, is 'cuz I just wanted them to look pretty on my self.
This is more hobnail glass that I love. I don't use these either. I am not exactly the most practical decorator.
MORE STUFF I DON'T USE, JUST LOOK AT.
Aren't they pretty?
This is a pretty vase I DON'T USE.
These two shelves hold all the glasses and dishes I use from the whole two sides of my china cabinet. I use the plates and glasses to set my table when my family comes for one of my "HOME COOKED" meals. The plates are my "special" majolica from that exclusive boutique, Home Goods.
I have to leave now to go pick up dinner from Bertucci's. I'm taking it to my brother's because my sister and her family are in town. I'm the youngest of 5 siblings, and there always seems to be one or another wandering in to visit. Mod Vintage life has added this post to her party, you can see it at http://modvintagelife.blogspot.com/