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Decorating with Plates

1 Jul

I’m baaaaack! After taking the month of June away from blogging, I am thrilled to be blogging again with refreshed passion and dedication. While there was radio silence here, much was astir in our home.

On top of decorating projects galore, Anthony and I spent two of of June’s four weekends with family in town, Anthony walked across the stage and got his CPA license, we purchased a “newsed” car, and checked a major financial goal off of our list: no more PMI! I can hardly wait to share the changes we have made inside our home and begin to blog about topics that delve a bit deeper than my most recent thrift-store-score.

While it was extremely tempting to write a lengthy post showcasing how our home has transformed over the past several weeks, I decided it best to break it down into bite-sized posts. Get ready for home-heavy posting in this month.

Speaking of thrift store scores… on a recent trip to my neighborhood Goodwill I picked up three black and white plates for the entryway for $0.99 each. The plates, marked Mikasa Reggae on the back, seemed Kelly Wearstler-esque to me.

Mikasa Reggae Plates

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Collected Neutral Bathroom Decor

27 Aug

The bathroom upstairs is one of the most finished rooms in the house. It is also filled with a few of my favorite decorations. I love the collected feel and the memories this small space holds.

Neutral Bathroom Decor *www.gustoandgraceblog.com*I splurged on this embroidered shower curtain from Anthropologie when I was living alone. Our master has a glass walled shower and a garden tub, otherwise, it would be downstairs.

Neutral Bathroom Decor *www.gustoandgraceblog.com*

The hanging hot air balloon is repurposed wedding decor from BHLDN. On my wedding day, it was used to hold cards. Now it holds washcloths for guests. It was also my sister’s inspiration for my bridal shower. While it isn’t on the shopping list, I think this wire hot air balloon from Anthropologie would look great beside it holding soaps or sea sponges.

Neutral Bathroom Decor *www.gustoandgraceblog.com*These shower curtain hooks were something I hunted for. My sister bought some similar ones at Target, but they had sold out by the time I started my search. My sister found these ones at Kmart and mailed them to me.

Neutral Bathroom Decor *www.gustoandgraceblog.com*I got a sweet deal on these John Derian plates! I think the shadow puppets depicted on the plates are expert level. Give that bunny a whirl. With more help from my sister, John Derian signed “Dream Big, Live Bigger,” on the back of one of them. That is what is inscribed in my TCU class ring and also what Manolo Blahnik signed on the bottom of my wedding shoes.

Neutral Bathroom Decor *www.gustoandgraceblog.com*

Neutral Bathroom Decor *www.gustoandgraceblog.com*This “Knock on Wood” plate was my first-ever Etsy purchase. I love the faux bois and the clever quip. Unwrapping this plate from Rae Dunn  was like opening a present. It didn’t even matter that I paid for it.

Neutral Bathroom Decor *www.gustoandgraceblog.com*This  plate was a souvenir from La Terrine on the West Side in New York City on my second trip there. Ellen Evans, the maker, is a New York artist who uses antique lace to create the texture and patterns on her handmade pieces. It wasn’t in my price range for a full set of dinnerware, but too lovely to pass up, I think it looks great as wall decor.

Neutral Bathroom Decor *www.gustoandgraceblog.com*To me, slowly collected decorating is the best. I love looking around our home and remembering where things came from, who gave them to me/us/Anthony, and what untold stories they share. The rest of our house will come together in time, with love.

What are some of your favorite collected pieces?

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