Looking for ways to decorate your china cabinet and hutch? Here are some tips to organize and style your china cabinet for winter and beyond.

My china cabinet and hutch are one of the first things you see when you walk in my home.

So it needs to look decorated and festive no matter the season.

My china cabinet shelves have been styled the same way for a few years now and I was ready for a change.

Truth be told, I’d love to display lots of ironstone on the hutch shelves, but I don’t own any to make that happen.

So there’s that.

While I am decorating for winter, I want to clean and re-organize the china cabinet and hutch shelves.

Might as well purge some things while I’m paring down my holiday decor.

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China Cabinet and Hutch

What Should Be Displayed in a China Cabinet?

Anything and everything you need for entertaining that includes:

  • Dinnerware (I prefer white or ivory with my china cabinet and hutch)
  • Platters
  • Glassware or Stemware
  • Pitchers
  • Silverware
  • Chargers
  • Cake Plates
  • Napkin Rings

My Wants for Reorganizing and Decorating the China Cabinet and Hutch

Before cleaning out and re-organizing any space, it’s important to re-evaluate your needs.

Have they changed?

For my china cabinet and hutch, I need more room to store table decor and linens.

I have a lot of stuff just crammed in these drawers that have almost nothing to do with my dining room or table decor.

And I also want to display more of my fine china so I can make more room for table decor storage.

So it’s time to clean it out and re-organize based on what my current and future needs are.

China Cabinet and Hutch

Cleaning Out the China Cabinet and Hutch

Once you know what you want to use a space for, it’s time to clean it out.

Empty everything out, then make piles of things you want to keep, toss and donate.

Would you believe I found an old school Yashica camera and all its attachments in one of these drawers?

Not sure why I put it in there, but I haven’t used the camera in over 15 years so it’s time to let it go.

I found some other cool stuff I didn’t even know I had!

These really cool barn animal napkin rings.

China Cabinet and Hutch with Farmhouse Napkin Rings

This amazing bowl.

Isn’t that so cool?

I think I got it from my grandmother after she passed away and I just kind of tucked it away.

This can’t stay in storage. It needs a home somewhere.

Vintage Bowl with China Cabinet and Hutch

I even found a candle snuffer.

When did I even get that?

I have no idea.

Re-Organizing Storage in the China Cabinet and Hutch

When I was done getting everything out, I cleaned out the drawers, cabinets and shelves.

Then started putting things away.

I have SO many linen napkins, table runners and table cloths that the drawers are perfect to contain them.

Organizing the China Cabinet and Hutch

Marie Kondo I am not, but I’m channeling my inner organizational goddess.

To make room for my other table decor, larger serving bowls, trays, candles, etc., I moved the rest of my fine china to the open shelves.

But how do you display it so it is aesthetically pleasing?

China Cabinet and Hutch

How to Style Hutch Shelves

I wrote a blog a while ago with tips to styling hutch shelves.

But I want to take it a little further with displaying fine china, ironstone, or any dinnerware.

The most important thing to keep in mind is layers.

Lots of them.

With different sizes and shapes of things, yet repeating them from shelf to shelf.

Here’s what I mean…

I started styling the shelves with these dishes.

They different size dishes look really pretty, but it’s missing something.

Decorating the China Cabinet and Hutch

Am I right?

It looks kind of flat and boring.

But once you start adding layers of plates, cups, saucers, vases, etc., the shelves come to life and have a little more personality.

Decorating the China Cabinet and Hutch

Decorating the Shelves for Winter and Beyond

Once you’ve styled the shelves and displayed the things you love, it’s time to decorate for the season.

For me, I love to keep my seasonal decor to greens and florals with natural and organic textures.

Since it’s winter, I am adding touches of winter greens with organic elements.

Decorating the China Cabinet and Hutch

So I tucked in some faux evergreen sprigs between the dinnerware to soften the lines.

Then tucked in some organic textures to add some interest.

Decorating the China Cabinet and Hutch for Winter

When I decorate for spring, I’ll swap out the winter greens for something more seasonal.

Decorating the China Cabinet and Hutch for Winter

About My China Cabinet and Hutch

I am often asked where I found this gorgeous china cabinet and hutch.

It’s truly amazing because it is oversized and olds so much.

farmhouse china cabinet and hutch decorated with china and greenery

When we renovated our home 15 years ago, I wanted one just like this.

My friend found something similar a few towns away at a vintage country shop.

Inspired by hers, I shopped at our local antique stores and found this one.

Decorating the China Cabinet and Hutch for Winter

I had to have it! 

Because it was the perfect statement piece for our dining room.

And I’m glad I scooped it up when I did, because the store closed a short time later.

While I haven’t seen anything quite like mine in a while, I found a few online that look similar.

Decorating the China Cabinet and Hutch for Winter

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  5. Oh, dear, Stacy, your process of going through the hutch is very similar to what I’m sure many of us have been through, especially the part about finding things that have no purpose being where they are. Your exercise and end result are exactly what Januarys are all about. Great job! And your grandmother’s Fenton Silvercrest bowl is beautiful. I would definitely put that in a prominent space for display and/or use! It’s a pleasure joining you on this hop today.

    1. I’m so glad you told me what that’s called because it is gorgeous! I’m so glad I found it! Now where to put it….Thank you so much for dropping by! I can’t wait to read your blog too Rita! xoxo

  6. Stacy,
    I love how your hutch looks with just white china. I’m going to share this post on Sat. Dirt Road Adventures.

  7. I absolutely love the way you’ve styled your beautiful hutch Stacy! I especially love the fact that you have a place to store all your linens. I have them tucked away, all over the house! Thank you for the inspiration my friend.

    1. Thank you Kim! That has been me all this time! I don’t know why I didn’t just store them in here before. xoxo

  8. Stacy your hitch is just gorgeous! I couldn’t even tell you what I have in my cabinets drawers! Ha! Treasures for sure:) Your styling tips were so helpful and absolutely beautiful!

    1. Right? Isn’t that so funny? I had no idea where I got that candle snuffer from??? Maybe it was a gift but it must’ve been there for a really long time! hahaha. Thank you so much Kelly! xoxoxo

  9. I could stare at your pretty china cabinet all day! I LOVE the way you styled it and how all the china stands out against the black! Yes, I think we do have the same china – same birthdays and same china! Ha! So great to hop with you again. You always inspire me!

    1. Thank you! I love that we share all of these things Shelley! And someday we have to meet up for lunch…you are too local not to! xoxo

  10. Your hutch is absolutely gorgeous, Stacy. I love all of the pretty white dishes and the little springs of greenery with pinecones are the perfect winter touch. I am looking for a hutch for our dining room, so I’m pinning this for future inspiration. Thank you for sharing!

    1. Thank you so much Jen! It is my favorite piece and I love that it is a focal point for my home. It was great hopping with you. Have the best weekend! xoxo

  11. Your fishes are classic. I have been organizing areas too. It feels good purging and keeping what you love.

    Have a super weekend!


  12. Stacy, you always style your hutch and dining room so beautifully, and I love your cozy accents for winter. Pinned and sharing on IG! Happy winter! Cecilia @My Thrift Store Addiction

  13. This space is stunning, Stacy! I love the way you decorated this hutch and your dishes are beautiful too. You’ve definitely inspired me to rethink how I style my hutch too. Hugs, CoCo

  14. Stacey! Your china hutch is a stunning display!! I love it so much every time i see it!! I’m glad you hunted for one until you found one because it is PERFECT!!! Have a great weekend!

  15. Your white plates look great set against the black cupboard, Stacy. I love the textural additions of your burlap placemats and wood chargers at the bottom, too. But the evergreens and the pinecones are the cherry on top; love that organic touch. Makes it all pop! Beautiful! (And honestly…4 years since you’ve touched it? I seriously can’t imagine; LOL;)

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  17. Love love love how you decorated your cabinet for winter. I need a cabinet that size. So much storage! And it being black is perfect too. Great tips!

    1. Thank you SO much! The struggle is real! Especially since I use them for different occasions throughout the year! xoxo

  18. I have loved your china cabinet since I first saw it. It is absolutely perfect for your dining room, and it looks so pretty decked out for winter.

    How fun to organize it with you and see all the things you have stored away and what you are purging. You have inspired me to get started on my cabinets too!

    So fun hopping with you. Happy winter!

    1. Thank you so much for stopping by Amber! I really appreciate that – it was fun cleaning it out and finding new things I didn’t know I even had! Happy Day! xoxo

  19. Love the China cabinet and the way you display things. You dishes (and you have many) look so nice in the cupboard. My passion (or sickness) is wooden advertising boxes, and tool boxes. I am certainly glad I pick up so many in the 80’s for a dollar or two.

    1. Oh I bet those are beautiful! I love toolboxes too – I enjoy using them as planters. Thank you! Have the best weekend! xo

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