Plate Holders and Wall Racks

Making a house a home

Home is where the heart is and the kitchen and dining area is the heartbeat of the home. It's where families spend the most quality time interacting and communicating. One way to make the dining area more homey is with an attractive plate holder to display... plates, be they heirlooms, wedding gifts, garage sale finds or other shopping treasures. Whether built in to a cabinet or placed on top of a counter or buffet, plate holders are a functional way to create additional storage. They make a great bridal shower gift, anniversary gift, mother's day, hostess gift or a thoughtful thank you present.

Sometimes plate holders are a whole system, customized to fit your cabinetry. There are wall mounted plate holders that enhance a kitchen or dining room's decor. There are free standing plate holders that can blend into the background or stand out as conversation pieces. And there are individual plate holders to display favorite pieces of china. One of my fond (and bipartisan) childhood memories is of spending time in my beloved grandmother's home in New York and the two plate holders standing on the living room console, one holding a porcelain plate with an image of Dwight D. Eisenhower and another of John F. Kennedy. Once on my own, I've enjoyed collecting Mexican earthenware and love to display a rotating set of regional pieces on counters and even on a polished, antique wooden desk. Sometimes I even like to use individual plate racks to display framed or even unframed photos and works of art. For the more whimsical, they might be a way to show off vinyl records, hats, fans and other memorabilia.

Here we've curated some auction finds that we find functional and attractive. We're found antique plate holders, English plate holders, deco plate holders, French plate holders, silver plate holders, wooden plate holders, and many more. Also china pieces and other decorative objects. Hope they help make your life more beautiful!

And of course, our usual caveat, research your purchase with care!

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Iðunn 6 years ago

You're here!!! Have to go with you on this, the kitchen is the heart of my home to my family, I think. :)

I'm not formalistic about stuff like plate holders and I don't know whether you are since you are answering a request, but I couldn't resist the opportunity to come by and say hello to you.

Also, it's a good Hub and something I've never thought about. Anyway, hi *waves* (thumbs up too)


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Guru-C 6 years ago Author

Hello dear friend Iðunn, Yes, I know that family is important to you. When my sisters and I get together we talk about lunch as we're finishing breakfast, and so on. My elbows get sore from leaning on the table for so many hours! Thank you for your supportive comments. I decided to respond to an entry in the Idea Bank while I wait for my muse to fly in. It's fun to write about things you wouldn't think of necessarily :) I hope you're well!!! xoxo


Iðunn 6 years ago

My family is much the same. When my daughter won a trip to Cancun, she could have taken anyone with her and all her friends were vying for the spot, but she took me. hehe! yay me!

But, point is, the very first thing she and I did was look up the restaurants :o :D

I'm very well and so glad you asked. I have been thinking about you and actually was on the verge of dredging up an older Hub to comment to say hello.


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Guru-C 6 years ago Author

I'm glad your family is fine. Wow, you must be a great mom for your daughter to invite you to go with her to Cancun. Did you have fun? Thank you for thinking about me; I'm always so happy to hear from you!!!


Iðunn 6 years ago

It was one weird trip. the good part was the people, the mexican people were just lovely, and the food (to die for) but we underestimated how much it would cost to eat there. a long story and something of a series of funny anecdotes now, but not at that time. :O


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Guru-C 6 years ago Author

Yes, the Mexican people are just lovely and the food is amazing. Cancún can be expensive. I hope to go back to Mexico soon and visit Oaxaca and go south to Chiapas where a cousin of mine teaches (and studies) agronomy. On a different note, I borrowed your layout concept. I hope that's ok. I love your "Late Shift" page!!!


Iðunn 6 years ago

the first place we went had the amusingly delightful name (which we couldn't resist) of "El Shrimp Bucket". It was way nicer than the name comes off and had singularly the best coffee I've ever drank in my life. I highly recommend.


Iðunn 6 years ago

I like your Hub even better this way, with the pic at the top to catch the eye. Oh you are most welcome but in truth you are not borrowing it from me, lol. It's standard hub layout from the first choices I think. I trend to it, although occasionally I'll pick a different format depending. Yes, I like the nice big bright pic on top, very much. The yellows and reds are great and oddly match the commenting we tangented to on Mexico.

You are such a more experienced world traveler/liver than I. I love your viewpoints because of that.


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Guru-C 6 years ago Author

LOL! "El Shrimp Bucket" is pretty funny, and the fact that they had the best coffee you've ever drank in your life is pretty amazing! How was the shrimp? xoxo


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Guru-C 6 years ago Author

Mi mamá es mexicana, which is why I've spent time there - almost always stay with family!!! Haven't left the US since 2001, but home to travel soon :)


Iðunn 6 years ago

all the food at El Shrimp Bucket rocked (and was very expensive - the name is misleading, however as you noted, really funny)

they also had salsa dancing there with a live band. if you ever get a chance to go, yeah it was touristy but you should try it. it's right on a river or swamp and we were warned not to reach over because of the crocadilos. :O

we sat right at the water's edge in the cool of the early evening. it was lovely.


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Guru-C 6 years ago Author

Yes, the name doesn't seem pricey, does it? But if you look at the word bucket and squint, you kind of can kind of see beaucoup bucks :)

Oh, didn't mean to be misleading (like El Shrimp Bucks). Or rather, forgetful. I have left the country since 2001, having gone twice to Colombia. Quite an unforgettable country!!!

Cancún is a short plane trip from where I live. Have only breezed through (in 1998) on the way to Puerto Morelos, which at the time, was still more fishing town, less Riviera... Also visited Chichen Itzá on that trip. All very spectacular.


Iðunn 6 years ago

I desperately wanted to go to Chichen Itza on that trip. I couldn't con my daughter into it and didn't want to do it alone so I missed probably my only chance at it.

I love the idea of setting my feet down in the exact spot where ancient others have passed. I don't doubt it was spectacular.

Your trip to Colombia sounds marvelous. How lovely for you to get to travel.


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Guru-C 6 years ago Author

I can see how you would have wanted to visit Chichen Itzá. I was lucky to be traveling with a friend who is very good at making things happen. I really would love to get up in the air again soon.


Iðunn 6 years ago

I told you a long time ago to let me be your mirror, if you needed one. You are beautiful. Trust me on this one.


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Guru-C 6 years ago Author

Ay chica, ¡gracias! You are so beautiful!!!


Iðunn 6 years ago

I sometimes feel like I'm a kind of God mirror. Perhaps that is delusion, but it is borne out by a very long history.

People who look into my eyes, if they see themselves beautiful, it's because they are. If they see themselves with hate and bitterness, it's not coming from me. It's the reflection of their projection coming back onto themselves.

I look at everyone to start with something I call "kind eyes". The kind of eyes I hope look at me in return. I look for the very best in everyone and hope to find it, look for details in their thoughts and actions to confirm.

I always see you as beautiful. I saw himself as beautiful too even before I had a clue what he looked like physically. If the vision changed for him, he did it himself. Not me. I just reflect other people's selves back to them, with a hint of positive potential.

In my offline life, many people who might not have been as well before, get weller and happier. Many people like to be around me because being with me allows them to be the best self they can be and they see themselves positively in my presence. They believe this to be something I bring to them, but it isn't. It is their own inner beauty. It is themselves meeting their own potential. Sometimes I feel like some kind of conduit for people to see their own better selves.

This, by the way, is why I am so solo so often. I tend to get swamped in people offline if I interact with them even tangently. Add in that I spent twenty years off and on talking to hundreds of sad people in context of my job. I value my alone time, my ability online to pick and choose when I'm in a good space to intershare.

I have a vast array of offline friends, but I am delighted that you especially are one of my online friends and the totality of you far surpasses any hint of potential I might have originally seen in you, borne out over and over in our shared online moments.

If you see beauty when you look at me, that beauty is yourself.

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