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Old 11-07-2014, 09:00 PM
 
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No built ins, but I have an art deco buffet that I will be using on the wall of the dining area in my open concept. Still finishing construction so I can't post a photo.
that seems like a great idea!!
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Old 11-07-2014, 09:03 PM
 
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I'm confused. Why not just buy a piece of furniture, a sideboard or buffet, to house said dishes?
I own a huge china closet now - but my new 'huge' kitchen table is off the open concept kitchen/family room and all the walls have windows on them; one looking out the back; one looking on the side of the house; and the third wall is a french door out to the screened in porch - so there is no solid 'wall' space for a large cabinet. I am thinking a long built in buffet server type of thing under the windows on the outside side window wall...
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Old 11-07-2014, 09:06 PM
 
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Sounds like you have improvised a Butlers Pantry, the best solution if you have the space

Capturing any space for storage is ideal. They can be as small as a closet.
Or.
More elaborate butlers pantries- Butler Pantry Cabinets - Transitional - kitchen - Cote de Texas
Judi! that WOULD be the best solution, that is true.....I'm gonna have to find some pictures of a keeping space area with all windows around it and see what I can do about built in areas.......
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Old 11-07-2014, 09:07 PM
 
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Our vey!
We just moved to "the south" Ga. I thought I was already in "the south" Tx.
Was used to sprawling kitchen with tons of cabinet space and open plan for dining and kitchen nook seating.
I had to buckle and buy one of those buffet/cabinet things to store entertaining pieces and wine glasses, shot glasses, platters.... I swore I would never purchase one of those old lady looking things!
Well went to this unique consignment store here in Ga. And found a black shabby chic hutch looking thing that matches our black/brown 8 seated dining room set for the stand alone dining room.
WE LOVE it. We are digging this Southern older home concept of divided off the kitchen rooms.
Good luck on your search.
would love to see a picture of this if you have one!! thanks for the information!!
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Old 11-07-2014, 09:08 PM
 
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It doesn't have to be the old fashioned buffet with hutch of days ago with leaded glass and all of that. There's plenty of new style type of sideboards that can both hold plenty of dishes while fitting in with an overall decor. Look at Pottery Barn - they have loads of things like that. I have a sideboard in my dining room because there's not enough room in my kitchen. I did an open shelved one so all of my dishes are stacked on it. Since I did all white dishes in there, it looks pretty good. I like the look of stacked dishes too. Quite 'in' right now as well.
checked out the website for Pottery Barn!! some great ideas!! thanks a million!!
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Old 11-07-2014, 09:10 PM
 
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Well, the argument over whether Maryland is a Southern State or not seems to never come to any conclusions, so I can't help you there. I do however live in an open concept with no formal dining room.

As I mentioned in another thread I have a buffet off the kitchen, which is technically in the "dinning room" area. In addition to that, and next to it, is a china cabinet. I would prefer to have built-ins, but whatcha gonna do?

I am considering adding a row of short cabinets, perhaps only 18" tall, along the wall above the buffet for added storage.
that sounds like a great idea!!
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Old 11-07-2014, 09:15 PM
 
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that sounds like a great idea!!
here's a basic idea from the web about how i cannot use a regular formal china closet. my kitchen area will be similar to this....
http://www.decorioo.com/wp-content/u...ening-plan.jpg

Hope that image comes up. sorry if it doesn't.
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Old 11-07-2014, 09:20 PM
 
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here's a basic idea from the web about how i cannot use a regular formal china closet. my kitchen area will be similar to this....
http://www.decorioo.com/wp-content/u...ening-plan.jpg

Hope that image comes up. sorry if it doesn't.
or -- try this picture - see, no solid walls for a china cabinet :

http://static.squarespace.com/static...er%20Residence
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Old 11-08-2014, 07:26 AM
 
Location: Maryland not Murlin
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here's a basic idea from the web about how i cannot use a regular formal china closet. my kitchen area will be similar to this....
http://www.decorioo.com/wp-content/u...ening-plan.jpg

Hope that image comes up. sorry if it doesn't.
Ah. In a situation like this I would first attempt to use the buffet as a divider between the kitchen/dinning room, or between the dining room/living room. It is also possible to turn the island into storage, too.

In the second picture, there is enough height underneath the window for a buffet. Or, a wall unit/cabinet could be placed between the window and the oven. A buffet could also be placed in front of the row of windows in the first picture, but not sure if that is the look you are going for. It is a solution, though.

Another thing to consider is to simply find storage in another part of the house. Unless you want them on display, if you do not use the items intended for storage in the buffet all that often I really do not see the need to have a quick, easy, access to them.
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Old 11-08-2014, 08:18 AM
 
Location: Denver CO
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for the second photo, I would put in something below the window. The bottom of the window is on the low side so it would probably be hard to find a piece of furniture that would fit there. I'd be more likely to go with some custom cabinets and a granite or quartz counter on top of those. Maybe matching the kitchen, but I don't know, I might go with something a little different to help give the dining room a little bit of it's own feel. I'd probably find some sort of program online where I could play around with different looks.
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