Hi! So, sometimes we wonder if you wonder how we do what we do. So today we wanted to show you a little bit behind the scenes of how we make and photo all the recipes we do on this site! We have a studio we work out of, and part of the studio space is dedicated to props. We buy props pretty much anytime we see something that is different from what we already have. In a later post, I will share with you some of my favorite resources to get that special plate to make your dinner table look amazing. But for now, here is our hoarders prop room. :)
We keep the bulk of our plates organized by color. This really helps me because when I choose a plate I always choose it based on color.
We have a lot of flatware. It’s organized by kind. The expensive / newer stuff that would look bad if it got all dinged up we keep in the tupperware drawers. Above that we use open tupperware to store the vintage flatware we have, as well as wood spoons, and bulky small kitchen doo dads, like a citrus reamer or a vegetable peeler.
Above all our flatware we store our glassware (only one shelf pictured above) and our more expensive plates. We store our plates layered with bubble wrap or felt to protect them when they are stacked. We have a lot of glassware, so much so that we stopped really buying it. We have almost every type of glass imaginable, and glassware is so hard to store so that is one area we try not to contribute to anymore.
Here is part of our collection of cutting boards / trays. We like to store them in these big dividers that are meant for pots and pans. It just makes getting what you want so much easier than having them be in stacks.
We keep our linen napkins organized by color as well, and in these wire drawers. They could honestly be much more organized than they are right now, but it’s a lot to keep up with :)
We have a whole drawer for paper napkins, mostly from Target and Ikea.
We also have a lot of larger pieces of linen we will sometimes use as a surfaces. We get these at crazy fabric stores in LA. The best ones are always soooo $$$ so I try not to go there too often :)
We have a couple of shelves of just bowls. Little bowls for condiments or salt and pepper, and bigger bowls for soup and then even bigger bowls for like giant salads.
Ok! There you go! You have pretty much seen it all. We have a lot of stuff, and sometimes I go in and organize it all as a refresher to even remember what is in some areas. :) I am looking forward to sharing with you some of my favorite ceramicists, and plates I LOVE, as well as plates you guys ask about all the time that we use a lot. :) ♥ Teri
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This entire post is my dream life ;-) I live in a tiny NYC apartment so I have to be extremely minimalistic when it comes to purchasing props. I’ve slowly accumulated some over the years but I’ve had to sell my everyday plates to make room for my prop plates. One day, I’ll have a human-sized living space and room for all of my dream props! Thanks so much for sharing, it was so fun getting a peek behind the scene.
Loved this so much! I really do wonder.
This is so cool! #garagedreams
This is #goals :)
Teri Lyn Fisher
Oh my word! *Angels sing* This is what dreams are made of!
Actual heaven! This is such a beautiful collection and clearly extensive but doesn’t look overwhelming – you’re obviously excellent at organising things! (And keeping it that way!)
Teri Lyn Fisher
:) Thank you!
Heart-eye emojis! I had no idea what an operation you guys have going until seeing this and watching the video. No wonder it’s such a visually-inspiring site. :)
Thank you for the kind words!! We do food styling and photography professionally in addition to maintaining the blog, so that’s part of the reason for all the “hoarding”. Lol :)
Cheese and Chinese
Oh my gosh this is prop room GOALS!! Ever since we started our blog we’ve slowly been collecting stuff, we can only dream of a room like that one day! Amazing.
Wow! I am so jealous. You have the most amazing selection.
Wow! Thank you guys so much for doing this post and sharing behind the scenes! It’s so inspiring to see how organied and well planned you are!
Thanks for sharing! LOVED the pics and organization and of course, best of all, those fabulous props! Great post! Thanks!
You have a wonderful and site over time I have become your fan. And not only by the magnificent recipes, but pretty well achieved photographs. Congratulations!
Absolutely dreamy!!! Thanks so much for showing that to us!
wow. this is the stuff dreams are made of…!!!!
This post made me so happy. I loved seeing how you organize all your gorgeous props. It also thrilled me to see that someone has a bigger bowl collection than me!!
I love seeing your behind the scenes!!! I’m always on the lookout for unique pottery… since I’m in Minnesota I try to frequent local artist shops… Thanks for sharing!
Wow, I’m super jealous of not only your collection but your mad organization skills. Every time I drag my props out I have to crawl (literally) into a dark closet.
Oh! And I totally know what you mean about the fabric shops in LA being pricey, I love the The Fabric Store and Mood in mid city, but I also love going down to the fabric district to some pieces. You can find some real gems!
*get some pieces
Yes! This is the stuff my dreams are made of! The peek of it in your video had me watching it over and over! It must be such an inspiring spot to work in! Can’t wait to read some of your favorite spots to shop!
Vivian | stayaliveandcooking
I can’t believe this! Trust me – I definitely wondered how you do what you do and now that I know…. I’m so jealous. That is amazing. So many pretty plates and stuff, it’s like a dream! I have to stop myself from buying plates and bowls and glasses because I have this cute little student kitchen, but once I upgrade…. Can’t wait.