July 16, 2012

Team Shelves or Team Hutch?

In my old condo's dining room, I had a set of 3 built-in shelves that I used to display my collection of white ceramics and other miscellaneous decorative objects and books.

I loved the chunky wood shelves and I had a lot of fun decorating them for the holidays.

In my new house's dining room, no such shelving system exists. Instead, I have a big blank wall that's quite intimidating to be honest.

I've thought about hanging a large mirror on the wall (to reflect the light coming in through our sliding glass doors) and then building some floating shelves to hang underneath the mirror to recreate the look of the built-ins I had in my old dining room but I'm not sure if I want to do that for comfort's sake (change is scary!) or because it'll create the look I'm going for.

I've also thought about taking a rustic old china hutch off my mom's hands (she has no room for it anymore) and putting it against the blank wall for some extra storage.

The hutch has sentimental value to our family (my grandparents had it handmade in Mexico) and I'd hate for her to sell it to someone who might not cherish it like we would.

The dimensions are near perfect but the piece is a little more rustic/country than my modern taste is used to and I don't know if it would look out of place in my house. However, on second thought, the shelves could be used to display my collections in a new and updated way :)

What do you think? If you had a big blank wall to decorate, what would you do? Are you Team Shelves or Team Hutch?


  1. Team hutch.

    But I'm a sucker for anything rustic. You could decorate it all modern and it would be a fun twist! Oooooor, you could just sell it to me and I'll promise to cherish it. :)

  2. Yeah, I'm leaning more and more towards Team Hutch the more I think about it! Now I just have to figure out how to get it over to my house haha


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