It is just as disastrous to have the wrong accessories in your room as it is to wear sport shoes with an evening dress.
— Dorothy Draper
When you break a plate at home, you tend to get angry at the mess you’ve made. In Greece they throw plates on the floor and yell “Opa!” to say a broken plate isn’t a big thing to get worked up over and that you should enjoy life while we break the plates. In design, plates have become a hot new trend on walls in any room or decor. My Mom has collected beautiful hand painted plates throughout the years and has always artistically adorned her walls with her collection so I have a nostalgic appreciation for plates and found eight great arrangements for the home.
Kelly Wearstler (my favorite) arranged several plate groupings around the Viceroy Hotel in Santa Monica.
Use bright colored plates to adorn your walls for a cheerful look. Get cool modern plates in an array of colors with cool patterns like these by Thomas Paul at 2 Modern
Express your self with these plates by Palazzetti Fornasetti. Each design has a different facial expression in a vintage fashion.
Achieve this designer look with vintage antique red and white Spode plates.
Use a random arrangement of plates like this to add a little spontaneity to your home. Get a similar look with fun hand painted plates from Anthropologie.
Who said plates were only for the kitchen?! These white plates look chic and modern when arranged in the bedroom. Cost Plus World Market has a nice selection of white dinnerware.
I just adore this this array of vintage bird plates. You can get this look by scouring Etsy to find hand painted birdies.
Create an intriguing flow throughout your stairway or hallways with an eclectic mix of vintage and hand painted plates. Find beautiful designs like the ones shown in this photo from Etsy or Anthropologie
A few words of wisdom: You don’t have to break plates to symbolize your happiness. Instead, adorn your walls with art or decor that makes you happy and forget about your worries in life. But if you accidentally break a plate when trying to hang an artistic plate arrangement, just yell “Opa!” and buy a new one.
If you’re like 99% of the population, your New Years Resolution is to get fit. But who likes going to the gym?! Get a full body workout in the comfort of your own home with these cleverly designed equipment that doubles up as stylish furniture!
Sexy Sculpted Arms & Modern Dining Table
Home Gym in a Box
Check out this chic fitness cube by Domyos….It has 30 exercises in one cube!! I love the zebra print version, you would never guess it converted into a workout bench! The best part is it is only 19″x19″ square so you could also use it as a stool.
Abs of Steel
Get super toned abs with this retro designed ab cruncher by Domyos. It looks like a version of the mid century modern EamesTulip Chair! It comes in a variety of colors to fit any decor.
Punching Bag Sofa
This convertible boxing sofa totally kicks butt…literally! Kick boxing is one of the best ways to shaping up your rear end, not to mention great cardio. You can also use this sofa as a punching bag and knock out all of your daily frustrations. It’s sleek organic design by Campeggi is perfect for a modern home.
Now I’m pumped to start my workout!
Cheers to a fit and fabulous 2012,
Color has a psychological effect on your mood depending on the shade and intensity of the hue. If you want to achieve a certain mood and overall feeling for your room, let color theory by your guide.
Red symbolizes fire, associated with passion and importance. This color stimulates conversation in a room, which is perfect for a living room or dining room. If you want to spark a little more romance, place red accessories in the bedroom. Just don’t go too overboard with this color in your bedroom because it will be hard to relax and sleep.
To energize and uplift your mood, add a punch of yellow to your room. Bright yellow symbolizes happiness, joy, energy, and optimism. You can feel the vibrancy in this living room right through the screen! However, don’t make yellow the dominant color because too much of this hue can have the opposite effect of laziness and caution.
Cheerful orange will surely add excitement and joy to any room. It’s happy nature evokes a child-like exuberance, which makes it an ideal color choice for playrooms, family rooms, kitchens, and creative spaces.
Green is the color of life, nature, and harmony. This hue tends to have healing and soothing qualities, great for bathrooms and bedrooms. I designed this bathroom with nature in mind. The customized blend of bright green, turquoise, white, and grass green mosaic tiles give a lively yet calm mood in the space. Green symbolizes wealth and prosperity so you can’t go wrong adding a bit of greenery around your home, especially in an office.
Purple is the color for luxury, wealth, and sophistication. Muted lighter tones bring forth a soft soothing mood perfect for a master bedroom retreat. Love, love, love, this lavender bedroom featured in Traditional Home Magazine…it is so luxurious and serene. Brighter shades of purple spark creativity which is optimal for kids rooms, craft rooms, and offices.
While some might think white is the absence of color, it also can be a reflection all colors. This color is symbolic of purity, innocence, and tranquility. Adding white to a bedroom, living room, or kitchen creates a feeling of cleanliness and soft elegance.
Now that we went through all of the colors and their meanings, what hue are you?
Have a bright colorful day!
I’m back at Crate and Barrel, saving you a trip to the showroom by closely examining their ever so popular Lounge Sectional. As always, I make sure to rate each furniture piece on it’s quality comfort and value. Check it out and let me know what you think!
Thanks for watching…Tune in for our next furniture review!
My heart is broken after viewing all the devastating images and videos of the tsunami + 9.0 magnitude earthquake in the north coast of Japan. Cars and buildings being swept away by the current as if they were floating pool toys. Large skyscraper buildings crumbling to the ground. People trapped in cars and building rubble, some trapped for days. The death toll has now officially crossed 10,000 & more than 17,000 are missing Nearly 300,000 are in temporary shelter. All of this terrifying news calls for action…designer action! For the entire month of April, Day Design & Decor will be donating 50% of proceeds from all design service orders to aid in American Red Cross Japan Relief Foundation.
We will send a tax deductable form after your completed purchase. Help us, help Japan, by helping you.
Love, hope, and relief -
Day Design & Decor
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