Open shelving: what do you have to hide?

If you have been reading my blog for a while you will know that I am a big fan of making my home and my entertaining tasteful, but always with a casual flair.  Then what could be more casual than open shelving in the kitchen?  It screams: I’m laid back!

I have a huge love for pretty plates and bowls and glasses and it would be sorta nice to put them on display on open shelves – you know, to show them off even when I’m not using them.  But I think that my kitchen cupboards are a bit too stuffed and in order to successfully pull off the open shelf look. You need to edit your collection so that it doesn’t end up looking like a cluttered mess.

So: Open kitchen shelving – only for the truly organized?

What do you have to hide?

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11 thoughts on “Open shelving: what do you have to hide?

  1. Vee

    I like open shelving but I am so disorganized and have so many different plates / cups. I dream about having some cool matching sets one day – then I promise I will put them proudly on display! :-)

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    Revel! Reply:

    Awesome! It’s a tricky one isn’t it?

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  2. Garfield G

    I really appreciate your “tasteful, but always with a casual flair” approach! :) It seems so homey and doable, warm and welcoming. Loving it!

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  3. Sandy

    Hey, I kinda like that idea!!! Unexpected yet fresh. Love these photos!

    xoxo,
    -Sandy

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    Revel! Reply:

    Glad you like it! I would be happy if any of those kitchens were mine :)

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  4. ashlina

    hi there. LOVE the comment you left about migrating + blogging. ME TOO!
    im so loving your blog. the photos are fantastic. thanks for hanging out. so nice meeting ya.
    xoxo

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  5. Coleen

    I like the 6th picture’s kitchen. Wish it could be mine…. We can only dream…
    Thanks for the interesting stories.

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    Revel! Reply:

    Yeah – the 6th one is great eh? I would love to have a long table like that.

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