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Sink Skirt Search

So.  This morning I spied this photo on Facebook,

from this fab biz in Franklin, TN.

I think I gasped a bit.  Really.

Tell me you do the same thing.

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City Farmhouse in Nashville, TN

I thought to myself, “That fabric!  How perfect!  How timely!” 

You see, for months, I’ve been searching for fabric,

as our powder room vanity desperately needs a skirt.

See for yourselves:

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Naturally, as one does when one needs inspiration for one’s project,

I headed straight to Pinterest.

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Most of the bathroom skirts I saw involved wall-hung sinks or pedestals;

I think this one was particularly epic:

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Since I needed a skirt for my vanity cabinet,

I soon switched my search to kitchen sink skirts:

OOH:

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LA:

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LA:

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I really want to make a red check skirt in our kitchen!  Stay tuned!

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So.

Even though I’d given my powder room skirt the green light,

I couldn’t decide what fabric to use!

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So many mind-boggling choices!!

Then, luckily, this happened:

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Recently, I bought 6 of these pretty blue + white transferware plates,

from this antiques shop, in my southern Illinois girlhood homeland:

The Loose Caboose

IL  Rt. 127 in Donnelson, Illinois.

1.217.537.3735

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Once I arrived home with said plates,

it only took a day or two to decide to hang them in our powder room,

on the panel to the mirror’s right, above the toilet:

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(I’d already been toying with that idea for a while.)

But Kay!”  you are no doubt saying.

“Didn’t you already hang some vintage plates in your main bathroom?”

Yes, I did, + here they are:

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Naturally, self doubt ensued.

Would it be wrong to hang plates in both our bathrooms???

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No, it is not, + here’s why:

I am creating a “theme” for our bathrooms,  + “themes” are good!

Thank you.

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Meanwhile, back to my sink skirt dilemma!

Which pattern fabric to choose?!?

I had a light bulb moment earlier this morning!

Remember the beautiful chairs that I spied?

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That’s it!  BLUE AND WHITE FLORAL, please!

 So.  In my world, when one needs to buy just the right fabric,

I head over to my favorite online fabric store,

Fabric.com!!

Anyway, here are my finalists.

Tell me what you think!

First, the florals:

If I can’t commit to floral (slightly out of my comfort zone),

another contender is my all-time favorite, the check:

Another fave, the stripes:

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Magnolia Home stripe

Or, if I really want to have FUN, this:

I KNOW!!!???  Insanely FUN!  Right?

The proverbial jury is still out, + I’ve not yet made up my mind.

I might persuade G.O. to help me hang the plates, later today.

Stay tuned!


Plates On The Wall + How I Overcame My Fear Of Granny Decor

Let’s recap my hopes + dreams for our living room walls.

Imagine, if you will, that this ladder has gone away:

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Bye bye, ladder!

But now what?

Well, let’s envision our TV’s  “going away”, too.

Making a long story (slightly) shorter — we could do this:

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Pottery Barn!

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Enter a caption

Nope.  Too scared of all those nails.  So I/we did this, instead:

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That’s great, but wait.

What about this empty + sad space?

Plates on our wall?  Yes, please!

And even better, these plates are on a TV wall!

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While I have some white ironstone platters,

I also love blue + white plates.

Notice how they’re hung in a symmetrical (traditional) layout.

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More traditional + symmetrical happiness:

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LOVE IT!

But how on earth do I do this?  Where should I start?

No problem — here’s a tutorial to help make it less intimidating:

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But wait.  Needle scratch.

This is all fun, but here’s the thing:

 Everybody knows that plates on a wall are hopelessly granny.

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Um, yes, I am a granny, but I don’t want my decor to be granny!

What should I do?

Um, maybe hang my plates in a non-traditional manner?

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 Look at this!

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I’m pretty sure these are decoupaged plates by John Derian.

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Here’s John Derian now, in what looks like his NYC work room:

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http://www.johnderian.com/pages/browse-by-shape

But let’s get back to my plate hopes + dreams.

Would layering them be out of my comfort zone?

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How about turning a corner with them?

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Okay.  Wait a minue.

Somebody needs to calm down, ’cause this just got crazy.

Does this mean I am still hopelessly indecisive?

Stay tuned — come back tomorrow.

 


BUFFALO CHECK OBSESSION

Hola, fun seekers!

I wish to join the 21st C. by actually incorporating prints into my next décor.

That’s not so easy when you’re a plain Jane like me.

First up: huge buffalo checks somewhere.

Note to self: hang plates in the new hacienda, too!

I’d share more, but it’s (past) time to sew like the wind

+ maybe finish Christmas shopping online.

Hope you’re enjoying the season 1/2 as much as I am!


PLATE RACK LOVE

As I was doing yet another “move-around” in my kitchen the other day, I remembered a black plate rack that had been in my retail store. Sadly, it didn’t look right in my kitchen; I think the space was too small . . .

My black peg rack.

My black plate rack — just not ‘working’ in my kitchen.

. . . but it did remind me of another countertop plate rack that I’d seen in a long-ago Country Living magazine.  Somehow,  I miraculously remembered the name of the kitchen’s designer!  Nancy Fishelson.  Here’s her gorgeous Connecticut kitchen:

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Nancy Fishelson’s kitchen with the countertop plate rack

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SO, Nancy Fishelson is a fan of the ‘move-around’, just like I am.  Here’s the plate rack in another room.

I love everything in this photo!

I love everything in this photo!

I’ve always longed for kitchen cabinets with a built-in plate rack.  So charming!


I am loving how these kitchen islands are rocking the plate rack.  Note to self: do this in next kitchen!

Since I was going down design memory lane, I also thought of Diane Keaton’s fantastic dining room in the movie Something’s Gotta Give.

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Wall o' blue + white plates.

Wall o’ blue + white plates.


The hanging plate rack seems to be the most eclectic of all . . . you can even rock the modern + industrial version!

I love the chest, the wood countertop + the industrial lamp.  K.M.Y.

I love the chest, the wood countertop + the industrial lamp. K.M.Y.

1/2 of me loves this; the other 1/2 fears it looks goofy.  The red floor rules, though!

1/2 of me loves this; the other 1/2 fears it’s goofy. That red floor + sink skirt are awesome, though!

From the late, great Cottage Living magazine.

From the late, great Cottage Living magazine.


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