So our nice china sat in boxes for years - Dallas condo, Norman apt and then the whole tenure of our Country Living, we're talking 9.5 yrs in toto -until we moved into this house a few years back. I finally unboxed the china and put it into the built-in china cabinet (*which I love*). Occasionally Emi and I would use the cups and saucers for tea. Most of the time they were on display...sort of...you can't really see anything but wine, beer and champagne glasses in this picture.
But last year I decided I wanted to use the "good dishes" more often so I took a cup and saucer to work.