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As I was pulling down my Easter decor I was comtemplating what to put up on these white shelves. I usually put my holiday decor on them, but there isn’t a big holiday for a while. So I headed out to my storage cabinet to see what I could find. I have a storage cabinet in my garage with tons of photo props and decor pieces I have found on sale or while thrifting. Well as I was digging through my stash I realized I had quite a LOT of white dishes. I couldn’t believe it! Where had they been all my life? ;) I pulled them all out and I knew just what do with them. I stacked them all up on my shelves, rearranged them a few times and then I was done. Why not display all your beautiful dishes? P.S. You can find the tutorial for these Ballard inspired shelves I made on House of Smiths.

{ DIY decorating ideas for the kitchen }

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I love how the stack of bowls came together. They look so much better displayed on these shelves then hidden in my cupboard. I also love the milk glass piece I found while thrifting. I found it at Savers for $2!! That was an awesome find. Isn’t she gorgeous?

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I love the glass milk containers! These were a recent purchase from Target’s white collection.

white cake plate

Ooo and possible my favorite dishes are these white ruffled cake plates. I may have a tiny bit of an obsession with cake plates. I have at least 8. :) I found these particular ones at Pier one last year.

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Both of these pitchers were purchased from Ross. The baby one was only $2. I just couldn’t pass it up!

diy frame

I made this mini chalkboard using this frame. All I did was spray paint it white and then painted the back cardboard piece with chalkboard paint. Such a simple project and I love how it brought the whole vignette together.

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For other projects from my kitchen visit here:

Black and white kitchen table

DIY Chandelier cord cover

Painted white cabinets

So what do you think?!

Jamielyn Nye is the owner and managing editor of I Heart Nap Time. She aspires to reach women, get their creative juices flowing, and to genuinely inspire. Her unique projects have been featured on many popular websites, including: BHG, Martha Stewart, Fox, ABC, People, Parents and more. When she’s not creating . . . Jamielyn loves to chase her two little monkeys and snuggle up on the couch with her man.

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18 Responses to “DIY decorating ideas for the kitchen”

  1. Lindsay

    I absolutely LOVE the bright white of all these pieces. It gives such a fresh, clean feeling. I have to pin this & recreate the shelves in my next home. :)

    • Jamielyn

      Thanks Kami! I love milk glass and I’m totally in love with your beautiful collection too. Can’t wait to see you next week! xo

  2. Laura @Ms Smartie Pants

    I am crazy about your collection, I have many of the same pieces but wouldn’t mind having some of yours. I’ve got to get to Target and look for those milk bottles. Love it!

  3. Emily Woodhouse

    Hi Jamielyn that’s great piece of work mate! I loved the decoration so much. Creative & stylish too. Great post, very artistic. Thanks so much

  4. Emily

    Gorgeous! I also have a slight obsession with all things white. I may have to display all of my “whites”, too! You have a beautiful kitchen! :)

  5. Mauri

    I love white dishes and open shelving! That looks great! So fresh and clean for summer :) I love that milk glass piece you found from Savers-what a deal! I’m currently loving the stoneware farmers market baskets from Anthro (all your white dishes reminded me of them)!

  6. Ruth H.

    This is really stunning, Jamielyn. You photographed it so beautifully, that first picture looks like a Pottery Barn catalog spread.

  7. Michelle


    I followed you over from Somewhat Simple’s Link Party and I love the idea of decorating with the pottery. I have just started buying all white an love the cake plates you have :)

    Have a great day,