While visiting my girlfriend Holly this past weekend I noticed how she had used plates throughout her home as decoration. In the kitchen, living room and even the bedroom. I really liked the way she framed out the fish plates in the kitchen. The following photos may help you think about different ways you can display your own vintage plate collection.
This photo shows plates in the typical china cabinet. This is a nice way to enjoy seeing your collection of fine china.....but don't stop there. Place pieces throughout your room to add pattern and color.
In the guest bedroom the design was inspired by a collection of blue and white dishes. There are several groups of plates and pottery in the room. Even the bedside lamp was made from a blue and white vase. The mix of patterns and blue shades gives the room a casual feeling. This is just perfect for making your guests feel comfortable and cozy!
Smaller plates can be great accents in a bookcase. The next time you find that single plate that you love, but wonder what you could do with just one plate, use it to add color and style to any room.
Holly and I are a lot alike, I'm always picking-up plates to use for accessories. My foyer welcomes guests with this teapot plate and pillow.
Have you dreamed of having your own Antique Booth? My sister and I did....sort of.....but lets start at the beginning.
We grew up in a family of collectors and bargain hunters.....Mom and Dad sure knew how to stretch a dollar, and I guess some of that rubbed off on us.
After high-school my sister moved to Florida and we rarely saw each other, except for a few Disney vacations with the kids. During one of my trips I did notice her freakishly large collection of Victorian antiques in her bedroom. I pointed out that the tiny shoe collection and weird hats would totally freak-out most men.....but that didn't seem to worry her. Even though we were separated by a thousand miles, living very different lives we still shared our love of thrifting, and finding a great bargain. We decorated our homes and ourselves with vintage items. We shopped at Goodwill before it was cool to recycle. Our kids wore designer clothes but we bought them second-hand. Most of our furniture came from consignment stores, yard sales and auctions. We enjoy the hunt for something unique, and we appreciate high quality items that we couldn't afford at full price. We both like very different styles, but that's one of the great things about buying vintage there are so many choices out there. You aren't restricted to this years fashion colors or trends.
After thirty plus years of collecting, and not wanting to cross the line into hoarding, it was a natural to open an Antique booth. With my sister moving back home we discussed what we were going to do with all of Dad's stuff. We had over 50 boxes of beer glasses in the shed and that was only one of his collections. Most normal people would have called an Antique Dealer and sold everything. We did think about doing that, but that was before my girls-weekend getaway.
My girlfriend and I hit all the local antique malls looking for a little something to bring home from our trip. I thought what's wrong here? I can't find anything I want to buy! That's when I really started thinking that I should have my own booth....................Jolene
Dad used to wonder if either one of us had any common sense....well I have to say I think I have more then my sister. For example....My sister brings home a sweet group of Orioles glasses in mint condition. She ask me how to get two that are stuck together apart without breaking them. My response "Maybe if you put them in the freezer they'll shrink-up...but I'd Google it to be sure." She insists that I can't be right, because when you put a water bottle in the freezer it expands. A little while later she tells me that she found out that you put ice in the inside glass and then dip the bottom glass in warm water. And I say, "See I told you that the ice makes the glass shrink." She again tries to disagree.....I slowly and calmly say, "The inside glass needs to shrink and the outside glass needs to expand so that the glasses come apart...get it?" She still didn't believe me. I say, "Okay in terms you can understand. If I drop an ice cube down a guys pants do I have shrinkage?" She smiles and says, "Oh...okay I get it now!" Then she makes this face and says...."Well I am a real blonde!!!"
See what I deal with everyday......lol..........Jolene
A few simple vintage accessories can get you in the mood for Spring! Don't forget to change-up your foyer for the seasons and holidays. Using vintage items lets you personalize your home in a very unique way. You can be sure that there won't be another home decorated quite like yours....and it sure is an easy way to bring a smile to everyone you invite into your home.
Smile it's Spring!..................Jolene
Sisters team-up to sell and blog about all things vintage. Irene, is an extreme bargain hunter and collector. Jolene is an interior designer that loves decorating with retro items and wears vintage everyday!