As I mentioned, finding homes for all the odds in ends that managed to make it from Colorado to Iowa was quite the job. Somethings adjusted more easily than others. Somethings sat about homeless for days...poor vacuum. Somethings were just plain fun to put away.
In our old house this cabinet housed china-type items. But as it couldn't fit in the dining room it was around the corner in the library/living room, and so also kept books and miscellany fragile items. In the end it looked too busy. Now in the new house, the cabinet is at home in the dining room, and it was time to simplify.
I seriously was channeling my inner Martha Stewart as I thought these shelves through - what would Martha do?
I decided that Martha would group like items together - whites with whites, glass with glass, pattern with pattern.
She would probably find another home for the odd blue and white pieces and the figurines.
She would try for some easy symmetry and balance.
And she would surely keep it as simple and clean-looking as possible.
I really love how it turned out, and like that the top is kept uncluttered too with the simple clock and pitchers. It's a pleasant place to rest your eye. Everything feels happily at home and even easy to get out and actually use. What a lovely idea.
Martha would probably also have the glass doors clear and clean and the walls painted by now.
Never mind that.