Good morning Monday! I am glad to say that after a week of battling strep throat I’m back, healthy, and full of energy and ideas! It was NOT fun, I was completely floored for days, unable to eat solid foods and with zero energy, but luckily my sweet hubby took wonderful care of me (and Bixby), so I felt pampered and loved even though I was in pain. I am especially grateful for my good health now, and excited to tackle all that this week may bring. What about you? I have been out of the loop for a while now: fill me in!
I thought we could start with a decorating topic that has been on my mind lately: plate displays on the wall. This is hardly a new trend, I know! In fact, I am sure I’m not the only one who remembers Grandma’s plate rail circling the dining room with all of those little blue and white commemorative plates lined up – I remember gazing at them for hours during boring grownup dinners. Hee hee. So I can certainly see how some might feel plates on the wall are a bit fusty or old-fashioned. But I am also convinced this creative low-budget wall art idea can be gorgeous and current. The all-white collection is pretty much foolproof, so if you are at all nervous about doing a plate wall, this is the way I would go. I love the one in Liz Marie’s home (above), the white plates look so smart against a gray wall with a bright yellow bench.
Keeping it small can be lovely, too, no need to fill a whole wall! Designer Liz Williams (image via House of Turquoise) paired three of the same dishes with a different shaped platter to fill an area in the corner of a room. The tone-on-tone watery blue-greens on walls, plates, dresser, and sculptures create a peaceful vibe.
I often like the display ideas from Pottery Barn, don’t you? Why not take a cue from their stylists and wrap a few of your plates with jute twine and then tuck in family photos – this would be lovely over a mantle or perhaps in a dining room.
This might be my favorite of the bunch: From a home designed by decorator Lisa Sherry, featured in the May/June issue of Lonny Magazine, a plate display that looks as if it’s spilling down the wall.
A blue and white plate collection looks just right against a richly painted wall in the home of Amy Merrick featured on Design*Sponge – the post includes a how-to video for creating your own plate display, so you won’t want to miss that either!
If you are looking for plates to use in a display, why not first look in your own cupboards? Many of us have hand-me-downs, wedding china, etc., that is not being used and would look stunning on the wall! If not, this is the perfect time to scoop up those chipped (but otherwise pretty) plates you always see at flea markets and yard sales – you could easily build a collection on a tiny budget. So what do you think? Are plates on the wall just too granny for you or are they granny-chic?
(images: linked to individual sources above)