I was browsing around Marshalls the other day looking for Halloween decorations when I hit the motherload. They had a whole section of dishes in the perfect pale blue color which matches my kitchen/dining room. I picked up this great platter for a steal:
And I also picked up a few each of these plates:
(HATE the sconce in the hallway. Its days are numbered.)
Originally, I was thinking of hanging them sort of like this:
but it just seemed sort of boring. And lame. I was about to chuck the idea out the window and throw the plates in the kitchen cupboard, but I decided to give the interwebs a quick search for some inspiration. Inspiration I did find!
I love the look of the different colors and free-form patterns. I think I'm going to keep looking for some other prints, sizes and colors to mix in with what I have. There's not a creative bone in my body so creating a random arrangement like the pictures above seems a wee bit intimdating. Luckily, Martha Stewart has come to my rescue! She has a great tutorial on hanging plates for the decorating-challenged like me. Thank you Martha!
I'm thinking about putting an accent table or a wine rack underneath. The space isn't too wide but I think maybe something like this might work:
So, there are my big plans. Let's hope they pan out. We bought This Old House over a year ago and most of the walls are still bare. (The infamous mirror we bought to hang in our bedroom - still in the box.) I'm pretty sure that if this plate plan falls apart I'll lose what little faith I had in my ability to decorate this place on my own. If things turn out well, I'll update with pictures of the end result. If it doesn't go well....then I guess I'll be back looking for referrals for interior designers. Wish me luck!