Thursday, July 30, 2009

After-class Homework

We had a great event/class tonight at the retail store with an over crowded room of Black-eyed Susan friends. Our subject was using plates as decor. I have had a long love of collectible plates, especially transferware, as well as anything monogrammed (of course!). Once you get the bug for collecting plates (and actually sets of plates), you could go on and on. I personally, have many sets of favorite plates. Each collection brings a certain joy when used or displayed. Oh yes, I love my plates!

I handed out color copies of my favorite inspiration pages using plates as art in unique and unusual placements. There were several examples I had meant to take from my home and left without this morning. So, here are the promised homework shots with brief explanations.

Dining room window with trio of monogrammed plates between drapery panels.

Close up of brown transferware collection in favorite cupboard.

Birdseye view of chocolate transferware collection at top of stairs!

Collaged collection of blue transferware collection and various objects. *Note the small card holder used to display butter pats!

This small bread and butter plate adds the perfect finishing touch and height to this grouping in the bedroom hall.

As discussed, the arch of the bed dictates the positioning of this plate collection. Symmetry and size are important. The shape of the headboard is repeated. Large art rests on either side of the bed. Plates in the bedroom, who knew?!

Vintage creme ware from Paris! (You'll recall this shot from the Bucks County Designer House.

One more shot from the Designer House. A wall collaged with plates, intaglios, and my framed button collection. Most of the plates I brought back from Paris. The square ones are from Black-eyed Susan! Yes, I still have several. I love square plates!

Okay, absolutely nothing to do with plates! At the end of our events, participants get to shop at a discount! Suzanne (a blog follower and kindred spirit), asked for some ideas to display under her new cloche. This one has a glass bottom, way cool! I came up with several ideas, but I have to say that this one was my favorite! Fabulous vintage books, small, narrow, and perfect fit.
It was a little crowded, and a bit hot. We found a chair for everyone to pull up and a good time was had by all. Next week: "Paint is my magic wand"! Come see the magic.


michelle said...

I have definitely inherited your love of plates. Marc says we don't need to have plates in every room, but if I had my way...

The blue transferware arrangement is one of my favorites!

Jill said...

I am sorry to say that I don't have any plates hanging in my home!

I love all your examples here and have always loved the plates hanging in Michelle's home.

Denise said...

It must be hot, if YOU are saying it was hot!

I love reading about your store events, but it makes me want to be there! "Paint is my magic wand?!" What could be better, I ask?

Suzanne said...

Love that first photo here! It was a wonderful and inspirational night.

I am looking at every blank wall in my house in a different way already. Too bad I have zero plate collections. :(

I love my new little cloche and bird. And can't wait to get more. My hope is to do a mini room scene in a large bell jar w/ some fine dollhouse miniatures. Haven't seen that done before. :D

Pssst. Denise, it really wasn't THAT hot. We were pretty comfortable. ;)

Have a wonderful weekend!

Lee said...

So sorry I missed it susan, I was away in Cape May at our house for the week. Looks like it was amazing. Lee

Charlotte said...

Sign me up for one of your classes! I love all of those pictures--so stylish. And yes, it must have been boiling if even you considered it hot!

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