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Things That Make Me Happy: My Mug Collection

Things that make me happy – my mug collection and hanging mug rack. my mug rack

I don’t know when or how it even started, but there are very few things that make me happier than an a colorful mug. Maybe one with an initial on it. That’s a very close second.

I started buying a mug whenever I went to anthropologie. I love them and they make me so happy. I drink a lot of coffee and tea and I pick a mug based on my mood or what color I’m feeling that day. I started picking up pretty mugs all over the place (the blue one in the lower left corner was from my trip to Mexico) and friends started giving me mugs because they knew how much I loved them.

mug rack

When you move as much as we do, it can be hard to make a rental feel like home. There are a lot of elements that are out of my control. Usually, they come with bare white walls (which I do happen to love) and very little personality. These mugs give me an opportunity to add little pops of color to a table, shelf, or in a cabinet. Now I’m happy to say they have their own wall.

my coffee station

My coffee station has a cute little mug drying rack . I quickly outgrew it and the shelves underneath. I was watching Fixer Upper and Joanna has a large hanging mug rack in her kitchen. I went on a search for one and think that I was using the wrong keyword search. I couldn’t find what I was looking for. 

I was in the car on New Years Day and it hit me like a ton of bricks, she probably sells them in her shop! 30 seconds later (smart phones are bad for people like me who get an idea in their head and aren’t happy until it becomes reality) I had it ordered and on its way to my house. (It looks like it is out of stock right now, keep checking back on their site.)

mug rack

Wes hung it up this weekend and I can’t even begin to tell you how happy it makes me. It fills a spot on my wall that had been bothering me. We don’t have a lot of wall space, it’s prime real estate here. We live in a little cottage, so every inch counts. We also have outlets, thermostats, and furnace shut off switches in the most random places on the walls. The furnace shut off is bright red in the middle of the hallway about a foot from the ceiling. Weird.

magnolia market mug rack

I think that I might order another one because 1.) it will take up more space (it is a little smaller than I thought it would be) and 2.) it gives me an excuse to buy some more mugs.

mug rack

Clay really liked the bubble wrap that it was wrapped in. He stayed in his “bubble” all afternoon, only to get out and roll all over it to pop it. He’s BIZARRE.

mug rack

These mugs bring me so much happiness. I remember when I bought them, or who gifted them to me whenever I drink out of one.

I get this question frequently – the hanging mug rack comes from Magnolia Market. It goes in and out of stock frequently. 🙂

What makes you happy?

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  1. Chelsea @ Life With My Littles

    January 12th, 2016 at 2:47 pm

    It looks amazing! I recently saw another mug collection and now with yours, too, I think I want to start collecting mugs!!

  2. bakedbree

    January 17th, 2016 at 6:07 pm

    It’s fun! And it is not a big expensive thing to collect. The most expensive one might be $12? $12 of pure happiness. 🙂

  3. Gina

    January 12th, 2016 at 9:44 pm

    I love this. I don’t really have any walls in my kitchen or I would love one of these.

  4. bakedbree

    January 17th, 2016 at 6:06 pm

    Thank you Gina! Mine is actually in my hallway, not in my kitchen. We have very limited wall space too.

  5. Lisa Favre

    January 12th, 2016 at 9:57 pm

    I love, love, love your coffee station! My husband and I actually plan on making one this summer and yours is absolute inspiration.

    P.S. Really can’t blame you for buying a mug at Anthropologie at every one of your visits. I’m in love with their bowls!


  6. bakedbree

    January 17th, 2016 at 6:06 pm

    Thank you! My coffee station makes me so happy. We live in a very tiny house and counter space is at a minimum. It has helped free up a lot of space. And people come in and help themselves, which I love. It adds to the cozy.

  7. Turner

    January 13th, 2016 at 12:06 am

    Clay is darling!

  8. bakedbree

    January 17th, 2016 at 6:04 pm

    Thank you! I think so too. 🙂

  9. Stacey

    January 15th, 2016 at 12:07 pm

    Oh how I love Clay.

  10. bakedbree

    January 17th, 2016 at 6:02 pm

    Me too. He holds a special place in this heart of mine.

  11. PamS

    January 16th, 2016 at 8:18 am

    Coffee mugs make me happy too! I try to buy a locally made mug on our family vacations. I have often thought of getting the standing drying rack to display them but now am thinking about the wall hanging rack. Great post!

  12. bakedbree

    January 17th, 2016 at 5:59 pm

    I love that idea. I buy a cookbook and write when and where we were on the inside cover. I love my hanging rack, it makes me smile every time I walk by it.

  13. Kimberly M

    January 23rd, 2016 at 11:12 pm

    I love this! I’d been thinking of doing a plate wall, but after seeing this I’m thinking maybe a mug collection would be better (and easier!). I don’t think that rack is for sale anymore though…or at least I couldn’t find it. I might have to get creative and make something. 🙂 I’ve been eyeing the anthropologie plates for a while now…I’ll have to check out the mugs.

  14. bakedbree

    January 24th, 2016 at 9:56 pm

    You can find them from other places, that is just where I got mine.

  15. Blue

    February 16th, 2016 at 2:51 am

    Oh I just .. smiled to myself. You seem to have written like your read my diary. I loved my mug collection. Porcelain, glass. Hand kilned. Well over 50 of them –gifts from so many loving people –i so treasured them. Sigh. But my ex hated them, so when I divorced him.. he came by, and broke each one. I didn’t know I could hurt over a mug. But I was devastated. I own about 3 now . Nothing gorgeous or hand made. I suppose I’m afraid I’ll be traumatized to lose a memory again. Silly. After reading your blog, I realized I’m done with fear. Time to enjoy what makes my heart happy. Thank you

  16. bakedbree

    February 22nd, 2016 at 4:20 pm

    What an a$$hole. I completely understand hurting over a mug, I’m so sorry that he did that.

  17. Marietjie

    February 25th, 2016 at 1:08 pm

    Oh my… THEEE CUTEST mug collection ever!

  18. bakedbree

    February 29th, 2016 at 11:32 am

    Thank you!

  19. Gracia Livie

    April 6th, 2016 at 10:48 pm

    LOVE! but I don’t see it at her shop…maybe it will come back?

  20. bakedbree

    April 11th, 2016 at 12:33 pm

    I think that a lot of things come in and out of her shop. I would try looking for one on etsy too.

  21. imdb

    April 28th, 2016 at 12:37 pm

    I loved this too, as every coffee mug I have is a little piece of my history. The trips that my kids have made, and the adventures in my life. I still have a coffee cup from one of my high school friends (from high school…cough, cough…in the 80’s). Love your rack!

  22. bakedbree

    May 1st, 2016 at 10:15 am

    I love that! My mugs make me so happy.

  23. Alysa

    September 3rd, 2016 at 6:30 pm

    I don’t drink coffee or tea, and I have never really been a fan of mugs–probably because I am not a coffee drinker. However, do love pretty things and pretty colors, and I LOVE the idea of using this for color. I might have to start collecting!

    My creative wheels are turning, and I am thinking a singular, linear, hanging rack filled with beautiful mugs would make a whimsical window valance in a kitchen.

  24. bakedbree

    September 7th, 2016 at 6:29 pm

    I am glad that you like it. I bought some new ones this week!

  25. Denise Moore

    September 24th, 2016 at 9:57 am

    So where did the rack come from please?

  26. bakedbree

    September 25th, 2016 at 12:21 pm

    It is linked in the post, but here it is again.


  27. Cynthia

    November 27th, 2016 at 8:20 pm

    I loved your blog, everything about it. Especially the mugs, the holder, the Recipes!!, and just how happy it made me. I’m renting a room. Can’t manage to muster much happiness, but dream of when I have my own home.

  28. bakedbree

    November 28th, 2016 at 8:49 am

    We always rent because we move so much, you can make some happy in any space. Don’t give up!

  29. Cynthia

    November 28th, 2016 at 2:54 pm


  30. Patricia Munson

    December 15th, 2016 at 11:09 pm

    I don’t know where to buy the coffee rack. Can you help me?
    Thanks, Patti

  31. bakedbree

    December 18th, 2016 at 12:56 pm

    It’s from Magnolia Market. https://shop.magnoliamarket.com/collections/wall/products/cups-for-days-rack

  32. Annemiek den Hollander

    January 29th, 2017 at 7:30 pm

    What a fabulous idea. It looks so colorful.

  33. bakedbree

    February 3rd, 2017 at 2:10 pm

    Thank you! I love them so much.

  34. Gina

    March 5th, 2017 at 8:52 am

    Love your cups. You have collected a colorful and happy group. I have a plate rack in my kitchen. It holds my hand painted ceramic plates. It’s the first thing visitors see and comment on.

  35. bakedbree

    April 1st, 2017 at 11:17 pm

    I love having a conversation piece. I love the plate idea. I used to have plates hanging on my walls.

  36. Linda

    July 19th, 2017 at 12:14 pm

    I began collecting a different mug every time my family and I went to a Renaissance Fair. Then I started getting one from every place i visited. I love the cup rack but I’m not sure if my mugs will fit as some of them are large. I do have a dainty cup and saucer rack in my kitchen that holds 4 sets of different, old fashiony cups and saucers. Some of my mugs are at present in a curio cabinet. Others are scattered thoughout my house.

  37. bakedbree

    July 23rd, 2017 at 1:15 pm

    I love that tradition. I have a few that are too big for my rack and display them in different parts of my home.

  38. johanna

    September 2nd, 2018 at 2:35 am

    I also love mugs and have been searching for a way to display them, but this is a little steep for my limited income. Any suggestion on how to come up with something cheaper.

  39. bakedbree

    September 5th, 2018 at 8:59 am

    They go on sale and I am sure that you can find a knock-off somewhere. World Market has the French style racks sometimes.

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