Client Project~Hutch Styling

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One of my favorite things to do is style bookcases and hutches.  Whether it involves shopping for new items or using what the client has, I live to style shelves.   Does anyone else have a fascination with this?

I recently had the privilege of styling this beautiful Drexel Heritage hutch.  This piece resides in a jaw-dropping dining room that belongs to a busy, young, professional couple that likes to entertain. 

In keeping with my "function first" philosophy, I took the client shopping for pieces that look beautiful and also function for entertaining.

My goal was to make the shelves look nice for everyday visual purposes but more importantly, function. As a butlers pantry, of sorts, for parties.  

The baskets are not only gorgeous, but super convenient for entertaining.  You can see one of them is filled with party beverages, the other is for special linens.  When they are removed for use, the empty buffet surface is a perfect spot for food. 
The baskets also took the formality of the space down a notch and kept the display looking neat.  

This family is Italian so we chose large pieces to accommodate large amounts of pasta.  :)

The all white theme was based off of pieces that they client already had.  She has a beautiful collection of patterned pasta serving bowls.  The new solid white pieces blend with them seamlessly.  
The little pop of white brightened up the entire room.. 

The Drexel Heritage piece in itself is stunning.  By keeping the display simple,  we complimented the ornate design of the top of the hutch as opposed to competing with it.

I found inspiration for each piece in this display in home design catalogs then hit discount home stores searching for similar products.

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(Gorgeous lighting from Potterybarn).

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  1. I'm so glad I stopped by this AM, I noticed yesterday that mine needed a little something and you gave me a great idea with the baskets! Thanks so much for sharing!

  2. Gorgeous. I love the use of the baskets. The white is so fresh looking with the touches of green. Hugs, marty

  3. I have a fascination with this as well! I truly go off in my own little world when I'm styling a table top or shelf. It's fabulous! I noticed this yesterday when I was setting up for an event and putting together some very eclectic hour and a half passed and I had no clue!

  4. I have this random nook in my home that's built into the wall in my diner area. It has baffled me for the last few years! The model home had a wine rack placed inside, but my husband is not a wine drinker and we usually only have a couple of bottles on hand at any given time, so that didn't seem like an option. I have wanted to find something like a shorter hutch type piece and what you've done here to create storage is great! Thanks for the inspiration and great ideas ;)

  5. I love what you did here. It looks great! And will function great as well.

  6. Looks beautiful ... the baskets are a great addition, too!

  7. I love all of the white serveware and baskets! Looks great!

  8. Thanks for sharing...I LOVE your blog and style! Looks gorgeous.

  9. Hey Sarah!! You are so good at styling shelves!! Inspiring and beautiful as always!!! Love the new direction of your blog too!! xoxo

  10. I admire your integrity and your work!

  11. Very lovely. I love, love, love open shelves and white dishes. I love that it's not over done.


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