There are certain things in life that should never be moderated, like kindness, humility, and good taste. I would also add Junior Mints, British dramas, and blue and white china to the list. Especially blue and white china. Collecting blue and white china has become more than a hobby for me; it's bordering on a part-time job. But the payoff is worth it because the versatility of plates is priceless. Just look at what plates can add . . .
to a dining room . . .
to a bedroom . . .
to the hall . . .
to the mantle . . .
and to a portrait wall . . .
As I thought about how to embrace my "inner Austen" today, I decided to bring this trademark of English country decorating into my living room. After selecting favorite plates from my "blue (and white) specials," I went to town on this sad little wall that has only had a mirror to its name for far too long. (This is a picture of it at Christmastime.)
And this was the final result . . .
I got so carried away that I even put a few over the mantle, too . . .