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26 January 2009 @ 01:39 pm
My Decorating Mojo  
I love to go antiquing. Love it. I love buying something that might have a story attached, that someone else has loved and used, especially if it retains its aesthetic beauty.

I like old stuff. Old, pretty stuff.

And I've had this wall in my breakfast nook, this vast expanse of empty wall that I knew I wanted to do something a little funky with, but still have it look like it belongs with the rest of the house. Week before last, I went to some antique stores on Route 66 (Yep, that Route 66 - As in "Get your kicks on") better known here as Sixth Street. I bought several antique plates, all for $15 or less, and decided that I was going to arrange them in a pleasing manner on the wall in my breakfast nook.

One of my favorites. The Room is blue and yellow, primarily, so this plate was perfect.

I bought plate holders at Hobby Lobby, but instead of hanging them with nails (how boring!), I got these nifty drawer pulls there, too. Half price. :D

Pretty. A little fussy, yes, but pretty.

I got a white one, and some clear ones, as well. None antiques, but very chic, nonetheless.

Then I convinced Nolan to quit killing Nazi Zombies for an hour so he could hang them for me. This was met with deep sighs and grumbling about how high maintenance I am, but bottom line? He did it.

Why didn't I do it? I try to stay away from power tools. I think I told the story of me putting a staple through my finger in college.

All arranged, they look nice. Not too "put together."

The room at large.

And if you don't like this, you certainly don't have to tell me. It made me happy, so I posted. :D
I feel:: goodgood
I hear:: Revolution - The Beatles
Elle: stardust duoelvishly on January 26th, 2009 08:12 pm (UTC)
The room at large looks awesome! I love that style you have going. :D
Carrie Leigh: Chicago - happycarrie_leigh on January 26th, 2009 08:14 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I like it, too.
maureenmaureen on January 26th, 2009 08:29 pm (UTC)
I love blue and white china, dishes, glassware of any kind. I'm sure you are just shocked beyond belief.
Carrie Leigh: Seriously?carrie_leigh on January 26th, 2009 08:33 pm (UTC)
And stunned. Yes. :D
nbaeker: sam contemplativenbaeker on January 26th, 2009 08:35 pm (UTC)
oh Carrie, it's so sweet! I love it. :)
Carrie Leigh: Chicago - happycarrie_leigh on January 26th, 2009 08:39 pm (UTC)
Thank ya.
Sharlenemynuet on January 26th, 2009 08:36 pm (UTC)
I'm a bit confused. Where do the drawer pulls come into it?
Carrie Leigh: Carrie & Emilycarrie_leigh on January 26th, 2009 08:38 pm (UTC)
Instead of hanging the plate hangers with nails, I had Nolan hang them with the drawer pulls.
Carrie Leighcarrie_leigh on January 26th, 2009 08:43 pm (UTC)

Where the clear glass flowery thing is a drawer pull. And I have to repair a hole where it didn't look right. There was wailing and gnashing of teeth over that, let me tell ya.

Edited at 2009-01-26 08:45 pm (UTC)
Sharlenemynuet on January 26th, 2009 08:56 pm (UTC)
Ohhhhhhhhhhhhh, I get it now. Nifty!
Comic Book Goddessrainpuddle13 on January 26th, 2009 08:37 pm (UTC)
Yeah, you need to come to my house and so something with the gazillion antiques I inherited from my grandmother that are just sitting around.
Carrie Leigh: Hi you rockcarrie_leigh on January 26th, 2009 08:38 pm (UTC)
OOOOH! That sounds like FUN!
Comic Book Goddess: Calvin Facesrainpuddle13 on January 26th, 2009 08:40 pm (UTC)
Tables, sofas, chairs, a curio, tons of dishes, plates, and crystal.
Carrie Leigh: SQUEE!carrie_leigh on January 26th, 2009 08:47 pm (UTC)
I might implode with sheer delight.
seegrimseegrim on January 26th, 2009 10:33 pm (UTC)
Then I convinced Nolan to quit killing Nazi Zombies for an hour so he could hang them for me.

And that right there is one of the main differences between Paul and Nolan. I'd still be at work hanging them...

They look adorable, though. :D
Ginevra Molly Weasley: Just Ginginny_muove on January 26th, 2009 11:16 pm (UTC)
Aw. Thank you.
Jandy the Gnome Whisperer: Heart - Ringjandjsalmon on January 26th, 2009 11:10 pm (UTC)
I love love love love it!!

ALSO - I have a mad crush on your husband. Just don't tell Jay. *g*
Ginevra Molly Weasley: Whisperginny_muove on January 26th, 2009 11:14 pm (UTC)
It'll be our little secret. :)
Embellishedembe11ished on January 26th, 2009 11:40 pm (UTC)
Very pretty!
dragonsangel68: HP - Draco gigglingdragonsangel68 on January 26th, 2009 11:54 pm (UTC)
Looks wonderful!

I'm not allowed to touch power tools. It goes back to when we first moved in and I wanted to hang my kitchen clock, but hubby was at work... I don't understand what the problem was... You couldn't see the hole in the wall once the clock was in place ;P
O Demanding One: Express: Happy Heffalumpheyurs on January 27th, 2009 01:56 am (UTC)

*admires*   This just makes your breakfast nook all the more wondafee!  :)

Adelagiaadelagia on January 27th, 2009 02:19 am (UTC)
It all looks beautiful. You have impeccable style!
Celina: Mirrorxoxrhapsodyxox on January 27th, 2009 05:29 am (UTC)
cute! I have to say that I have a thing for antiquey stuff. Especially love the drawer knobs. They remind me of some of the amazing stuff at my favorite store, Anthropologie.
Mala13oct on January 27th, 2009 06:55 am (UTC)
Wow talk about being creative. I absolutely love the final result. Is there any way I can bribe you to come and help me decorate my new home in Dubai? :)
anethema_deviceanethema_device on January 27th, 2009 01:14 pm (UTC)
I love that Room.... Also I love that Nolan stopped with the Zombies just for you *grin*