Personalizing Your Space With Decorative Plates

 

These days it seems so many people associate decorating with plates with the “stuffy” Old English look of yesteryear.  (Which I still love, by the way and see it as cozy and charming rather than stuffy.)  But, you can be as fresh and fun and hip as you want to be by using certain colors, shapes and patterns.

Mix and match bold colors and patterns with traditional plates for a younger, hipper look. 

You can even create a more contemporary wall by grouping the plates in a fun, free-flowing form like this.  Notice the fun colors and patterns here?

See what a striking impact grouping these black and white plates have on this space?  They make a statement.

And, here this teal grouping makes an entirely different statement, creating an entirely different vibe…beachy, serene. Fun, huh!

You can go colorful….

Literally…make a statement…..

You can even give it a touch of masculinity by using certain colors and patterns if your sweetie wants you to tone down a “feminine overload”.

I, however, love a feminine room like this…..girlie and warm and inviting.

And, plates are a fun thing to collect and an inexpensive way to decorate a wall or just bring in some charm.

Layering them on a fun piece like this is another charming way to display them. Try an old door, a fence post, old window pane, etc….

Or use traditional plates to create a fun “art form” to create a personalized look in a cozy bedroom like this….

The personality on simple white plates changes just by changing out the ribbon from turquoise…

To lime green.

Notice the random placement and pulling in the blacks and browns with the pinks?  You can do almost anything with a plate collection.

Even use them as a border in your garden like this homeowner did!  Ha!  How fun is that? Now that’s creative!

So don’t think decorating with plates has to look too “grandma-esque”…… (And I can say that because I’m a grandma!!) You can be as hip and fun and creative as you want. 

And, you can have tons of fun hunting for and finding new plates at great prices and coming up with new ways to display them. 

Happy Decorating!

The Wonderful World Of Wal-Mart: Yes, Wal-Mart!

 

There seems to be a bit of a “snob” factor with a lot of people towards that ever growing, national chain that has swept the country over the years.  One on every other street corner in every small town and suburb from California to New York.  Everyone, everywhere knows what it is:  It’s the unequivocal Wal-Mart

Interestingly in many cases the same people who would comfortably and frequently shop at Target would never set foot in a Wal-Mart.  (You know who you are – you don’t “do” Wal-Mart.) And, I do understand their thinking to a certain point.  Many Wal-Marts for whatever reason just don’t seem to stay as new, clean and fresh looking in appearance as Target does in some cases.   (Although the new satellite stores are incredible!)  But, I’m here to tell you now it’s time to get over it!

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Wal-Mart is chock full of some the greatest buys you’ll find on all sorts of things. Always great pricing and believe it or not a wonderful assortment and variety of items. Everything from plates and glassware to cookware to toweling and bedding.  They offer name brand appliances just like other stores.  So if you’re a Wal-mart “snob” (and you know who you are!) I’m here to tell you it would behoove you to give it a second chance. 

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 Look at all these fun colors in these plates and goblets.  Couldn’t you have fun with these?  And you could do it at a great price.  A price that certainly won’t break the bank.

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  Nice, huh? 

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 Notice the price on this cookware?  And check out the fun colors.

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 This fun blue.

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 Great red.

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 And, just in case you didn’t notice the price…..check this out.  $99.97 for a complete Paula Dean Cookset.  Gotta love it.

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 They even have some great containers and accessories.

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 How about these pillows?  Fun, huh?

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 And, what about all this great bath “stuff”!

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 Even some fun bedding.

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 And, fun rugs, too.

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Oh, and I can’t forget to show you their pretty bakery items….all at a great price:

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 Aren’t these cute and so much fun?  So much cuteness at such reasonable prices!

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 Mini cakes – too adorable!

 

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I’ve used many a Wal-Mart cupcake for showers and parties.  $5.00 for a dozen of the “regular” ones. (Not these snazzy ones – these cost more, but look how wonderful they are.)  Woo-Hoo!

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You have to admit these are pretty darn cute!  You don’t have to go to an expensive bakery.  Get ‘em at Wal-Mart and have money left over to buy something else.  No one will be the wiser!

I know millions of you out there already know all this…..I’m just talking to all of you who – like I said – don’t “DO” Wal-Mart.  And, to those who think of it more as just a grocery store.  Take a look around, check out all the goodies.  There are lots of great things I bet you never thought you’d find there. 

Don’t be a Wal-Mart snob!  Broaden your horizons and save a few pennies!

Happy Decorating!

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