Decorate with Vintage Plates

Decorate with Vintage Plates

It’s Day 273 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project and a Goodwill find has me inspired to post about how to decorate with vintage plates. This weekend, after Zumba and lunch, my Soul Sister Kibby and I hit one of our favorite jaunts – the Goodwill store. We utilize a “Divide and Conquer” approach with Kibby scouring out fashion finds while I score vintage decor. Kibby spied some Calvin Klein boots that are perfect for me. I’d been looking for some black ones since my booties are showing wear and tear. Now I have new ones that are stylish for a song. As much as I love them, I’m equally enamored with a Royal Albert “The Lord’s Prayer” vintage plate.  It’s so pretty that I wanted to show you how you incorporate inexpensive vintage plates into your home or office decor.

How to Decorate with Vintage Plates

  1. Search antique and thrift stores, yard sales, and flea markets for vintage plates.
  2. Shop TJ Maxx, Marshall’s, and Home Goods for vintage inspired plates.
  3. Look for plates with colors, motifs, and Scripture verses or sayings you love.
  4. Group similar plates in the same room for maximum impact.
  5. Hang plates using plate display adhesive, hangers or racks that can be purchased at craft, hardware, home, or discount stores such as Walmart.
  6. Place plates on acrylic, iron or wooden plate holders.
  7. Enjoy!
Royal Albert “The Lord’s Prayer” plate displayed on black iron stand that complements writing. Plate purchased at Goodwill for $1. The stand came with another piece I don’t use.                         The pair now lives in the foyer with other similar hue floral plates. 
Ten Commandments plate w/ holes and a string for hanging. Beneath it, a gift from two decades ago. An antique store find and a gift received twenty years ago, both are displayed in the foyer. 
A Royal Albert “Bless This Home” plate from TJ Maxx. The Old Country Rose pattern is a fave! With its vibrant green leaves, it hangs in the master bedroom and picks up the sage green walls. So Shabby Chic!

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose decorating enthusiastic, sometimes I like just getting back to the blogging basics. I’ve always wanted to have my home and decor displayed in magazines. That was before blogging opened the “online magazine” possibility up to any of us who have the desire to share with the Web community. If you’ve found your way to my little corner of it, I hope rather than reaching for a painting or tchotchke to fill a space, you’re inspired to add some savvy & chic style to your home or office. Vintage plates are a great way to decorate!

Be savvy & chic,

~Pink Collar Coach

The Laundry Room – Sorting Out The House One Space At A Time – Part 2

The Laundry Room – Sorting Out The House One Space At A Time – Part 2

Day 188 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project was spent much like yesterday – working on professional business all day then finishing the laundry room  in my effort to sort out the house one space at a time. Despite the fact that I’m still not feeling 100%, as is always the case when I decorate, I experience a sense of timelessness and didn’t stop until the space was completely done. The day was one of creativity but it also came with a challenge that almost derailed me from putting the final Shabby Chic touches on the room. But where there’s a decorating will, I will find a way.
 When I removed some foam batting from between the water heater and the stud wall, the battle between a huge arachnid and me began. And I was determined it was going to be one to the death! Grabbing the first can of spray within reach, I tried to afixiate the spider but he jumped from the wall to the batting. I screamed bloody murder and sprayed again. This time he leapt into the washing machine. Though I hate killing things, I was terrified and had to off the intruder if I wanted to continue working because we could not be in the room together. I closed the lid, pressed power and washed, rinsed and spun the spider to a watery death. This seems extreme but I’m allergic and didn’t want to repeat the day Farrah Fawcett and Michael Jackson both died. I’d been bitten by a spider and my arm swelled to nearly the size of a child’s football by the time I got to the ER. All that to say, gruesome grave or not, all spiders must die!
With my challenge resolved, I returned to my project. Last fall, I bought a single Simply Shabby Chic curtain panel on clearance for my youngest stepson’s room. Since it was white and plain, I thought he’d have no objections to it. I was wrong. Today I used it to “drywall” the laundry room. Then, I rehung all of the items I posted yesterday.
Next, I added a few Shabby Chic bits and bobs like ribbon to the hanger holding the macrame piece and another to hang the second botanical print from the same hook as the first (the Command hooks and my concrete wall played nicely for one picture but not the second). I tied the ribbon off with a sweet little bow (not visible here but I’m too tired to go take another picture) and love the effect. And I finally got to put my Treasures by Rachel Ashwell clothes pins to use. Unsuccessful in my search for a laundry room sign, I turned my attention to a DIY project and fashioned one from a Simply Shabby Chic DIY banner kit I’ve had for a while. I couldn’t be more pleased with the final product and appreciate that it won’t fade since the laundry room is an above ground walk out but doesn’t have windows in this room.
My last task was to heed my hubby’s admonition that we can’t have a fabric rug covering the drain. Good thing I spied a rubber one yesterday that is similar to the original I’d picked.  It’s a little more Shabby Chic bohemian, so I like it even more. My sweet hubby got me two so they extend the length of the room. Happy accident! Speaking of happy accidents, there was one corner of the room that still bothered me – the far right side of the wall where the curtain didn’t extend. I remembered a small Goodwill shelf I got for pennies. Until tonight I couldn’t find a spot for it but it wedged between the stud and the wall wonderfully. I tried to set my little blue floral Goodwill mannequin there but she fell between the wall and the stud and I couldn’t get her out tonight…Unlike the spider, I won’t let her meet her demise there! I plopped a pretty Shabby Chic style velvet green pumpkin there instead. The room had zero shelves so now I have a place to display seasonal decor – making the awkward corner a great feature that provides the perfect finshing touch.
As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose nest-featherer, I hope you are inspired by my space and can use some ideas to sort yours.
Be savvy & chic,
~Pink Collar Coach
Gooseneck Lamp with Tulip Shade Tweaks a Space and Spurs Sprucing Up

Gooseneck Lamp with Tulip Shade Tweaks a Space and Spurs Sprucing Up

Day 114 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project was full of creativity and cleaning. After hearing a message about how “God’s Got This”, I felt encouraged about some relationships struggles and remembered haters hate because that’s what they do. If I’m their target, or you are, we’re probably doing something right that drew their attention to us in the first place. So rather than letting it stop us, if we let Him, God will use it to jump start us to do even greater things. He really does have this – our hopes, dreams, fears, families and careers.

Bolstered by hearing this simple but profound truth, I set about taking pictures to post this week and showed my home some TLC, inside and out, during the process. Since my home is my sanctuary and takes such good care of me, I love doing things for it to make it feel pretty and cared for as well. Often, the purchase of a new item or reimagining of one, causes me to have to rearrange some things to find a place for it.

That was the case today with a tulip lamp I purchased for another purpose (my She Storage Space, but that’s another post). When my attempts to make the lamp fit the space I’d intended it for fell flat, I thought of  moving it to the dining room, which doubles as my office. And while the lamp didn’t work on the dining room table, a little artful rearranging of my small buffet table created a lot of magic.

Gooseneck tulip lamp pairs beautifully with a lamp I got at Target for my fourteen-year-old daughter’s nursery, and it mimics the tulips in the painting. The vase was a baby shower gift. Willow Tree figurine and the cross are both by artist Susan Lordi. My Simply Shabby Chic sewing box, coasters, and Shabby Chic inspired Welcome sign = a reimagined table scape.                     
A broader perspective. The dress form paintings were found at two completely different times. The pair of white floral paintings were an inexpensive set at Home Goods. And I bought the table when I was transitioning out of homelessness because the wicker and scrolling match the dining chairs – purchased with funds my father left me. All items on the bottom shelf are from Target’s Simply Shabby Chic line. Finally the Keep Calm sign was a bday gift from TJMaxx.
This tole sconce is a forever fave. So Shabby Chic. It hangs in the dining room. When I saw how its distressed patina and curves mirror the gooseneck lamp’s, I knew I was on to something.

I was so pleased with the results of my rearranging that I spend the rest of my Sunday tweaking nearly every room in the house, including putting all the furniture, plants and decor back on the front deck (our Jack of All Trades removed everything to re-stain the front yesterday but neglected to put anything back…). Most spaces got cleaning and camera love too.

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Chick who works hard enough that you wouldn’t think I’d enjoy spending all day Sunday tweaking my home, I loved it. As much as I love blogging about a gooseneck tulip lamp, tweaks to spaces and sprucing up the place…My home is a place of beauty, comfort and function, and just as I want it to inspire those who reside here, I want to do the same with those of you who read about it here. I hope you enjoy what I share as you stop by to visit. Come again soon!

What piece, new or old, has inspired you to tweak, spruce up or both at home or in your office? Which one can?

Be savvy & chic,

~Pink Collar Coach

Shabby Chic Inspired Folding Screen Score

Shabby Chic Inspired Folding Screen Score

Day 110 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project set a record. As a new blogger, I received my highest number of likes on yesterday’s image consultation post from other bloggers. More than any time since I started blogging daily at the beginning of May, I felt welcomed into the blogosphere community. This was especially meaningful because it was one of the most rewarding consultations I’ve done. And the response the client received last night and today has been overwhelming – in such a good way.

In addition to the above, I’m giddy because I scored a Shabby Chic inspired screen that I spied at TJMaxx prior to my client arriving yesterday. Because the day was about her, not me, I didn’t even ask that it be held for me. But when I got home and kept thinking about it, I realized it might solve two interior design dilemmas. The first is that I have a serious dislike of the gray faux stone fireplace wall in my living room. Hate is a strong word, but, I’m just saying…To me, it’s ugly and massive. The worst combination. The second is that my attempts to hang my authentic Simply Shabby Chic tole white sconce from said wall have proven futile. And just for the record, Command Strips do NOT work on faux stone. Tried that and it was a colossal fail.

Afraid that the fantastic folding screen would be gone, I called the store and was thrilled that it was still there. Thankfully, with all of my returns from my She Shed bedroom balcony styling, I had more than enough to pay for the screen. After driving home with it protruding over a foot out my back seat window, I lugged it home and was tempted to beg the renovation crew next door to “Ayudarme!” or “Help me!” in Spanish but thought better of letting a strange guys into my house when my hubby wasn’t home. At any rate, I  wrangled the heavy thing inside, placed it against the wall, and transformed that dark corner! Even the sconce worked out, now hung from a tack stuck in the wood. Please don’t judge the photo with the chord dangling – unsightly! I just wanted to get a feel for what the sconce would look like before I rushed off to Zumba.

Shabby Chic Inspired folding screen. It adds beauty and function to the wall. Not only can I now hang  my sconce, moving the chair and ottoman allows it to serve as a backdrop for style photos. In another home or office setting, it can be used as a room divider or definer.
The screen in the evening. An extension chord run behind the screen allowed me to pull the sconce chord behind as well, disguising it and making the switch, located on the plug, accessible. 

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Chick, I love it when serendipity is at work. Because I was at a TJMaxx other than the one near my home, at a time of day that I usually wouldn’t have been there, I spied the screen. The fact that it was still there today and I scored it makes me believe it was more than sweet serendipity. I’d like to believe it was Someone blessing me because in doing the image consultation, I blessed someone else.

Do you have a serendipitous score story? Please share it! Thank you.

Be Savvy & Chic,

~Pink Collar Coach

It Doesn’t Have to Be Perfect to be Pretty

It Doesn’t Have to Be Perfect to be Pretty

Day 92 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project found me  pouring through images to try to find the perfect front and back cover for my debut novel, Seasons of Her Soul. I’ve always had a few non-negotiables around this – pink, roses, and a dark, curly haired girl that resembles my heroin, Lee, dressed in a vintage dress, all set in a Shabby Chic interior. I’m happy to say that after countless hours and mounting frustration, I finally found The One my heart was longing for. Actually, there are two images in the same room, one with the female model and the other without. There is only a bit of pink in each of the pictures, however, I can rectify that with the title and my name providing the pop of my preferred color. They’re not perfect (I need to get over myself a little on this one), still they’re SO quintessentially Shabby Chic and pretty.

Simply Shabby Chic curtain panel, tablecloth, napkins & holders, table runner, flower cloche, plate box, cereal bowl, lantern lamp, journals, photo box, clock, and rectangular candle holder. The floral pitcher is Rachel Ashwell Treasures.                                                                                          All of the other items in the room are Shabby Chic inspired. 



Much of my search was conducted in the dining room, which also serves as my office. It has a lot in common with the final images I chose in that it’s not perfect, but it certainly is pretty. It’s also comfortable. And functional. Despite the stains in the chair from drinks spilled while people sat around enjoying one another’s company, or as children did their homework. Despite the smallish size and the oak china hutch I inherited from the other Tammy (hers is with a “y” as opposed to my “i”) and wish desperately I could paint white!

The reason I can still see the beauty is that I focus on the meaningful moments, like the chandelier and dining set that I purchased with money my beloved Daddy left me when he died too early at fifty-two, just four years older than I am now.  I see beauty in all of the authentic Simply Shabby Chic and Rachel Ashwell treasures I sacrificed to buy in order to furnish the townhouse where I created a home for my children and myself after my abusive wasband made me homeless.  I see so much beauty in the way I’ve poured my heart and soul into curating, collecting, and creating a space that is truly a sanctuary.

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic Chick who is a self-professed perfectionist, embracing the Shabby Chic philosophy of perfect imperfection comes easily for me when it comes to my home’s decor. I’m alright with old-fashioned and wonky and can’t imagine living in a suite full of furniture from a showroom. Relinquishing my idea of perfection when it comes to my book is not as easy. But it was possible. The images I finally landed on are described as “Dressing Table in Old-Fashioned Room” and “Young Woman Holding Dress”. Both make me nostalgic for days gone by. And the young woman’s hair conjures up Lee… While the images may not be perfect, they’re pretty perfect for beckoning readers to take a look back at the Seasons of Her Soul.

What in your life is pretty, even if it isn’t perfect?

~   Pink Collar Coach