Sunday, January 17, 2010

A Little Retail Therapy

I took a break from working on the house in Hooterville this week and did a little shopping instead. 
We had dinner at Cracker Barrel one night with hubby’s sister and her husband.  In the gift shop I spotted a whole display of blue & white dishes and accessories.  I bought the tureen, a cow creamer, a tassel and a rooster to start my collection for the breakfast room hutch. 

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Normally, I’m not all that much into roosters but I did think this fellow was quite handsome.

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Cracker Barrel also had some blue & white plates and mugs but I didn’t want everything to be so matchy-matchy  so I decided to check TJMaxx to see if they had any. 
I was able to get 4 dinner plates and 4 salad plates.

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After I got them home, I realized they have a horse and rider on them.    I guess it was meant to be that they ended up on a horse farm.  :)

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Now that I’ve got my collection of blue & white pieces started for the breakfast room via retail stores, any additional pieces I get will probably be through the thrift stores and Goodwill, as I come across them.
There is a wall in the breakfast room that I thought would be the perfect place for a French styled bench.  I saw this one on the internet but it was $249.99 plus $95.00 for shipping.
Hmmm…very pretty but quite pricey.

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I almost squealed when walked into Marshalls and saw this one for $129.00!

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Except for the carvings on the more expensive bench, they are almost identical.   Of course I like the carvings but I don’t think they are worth the $215.00 difference in price.
I did have a good photo showing the bench in the breakfast room but I think I accidentally deleted it so I guess I’ll have to photograph it again. 
Anyway, there is a big blank area of wall space over the bench and I’m thinking I would like to hang a large Frenchy clock there.  Maybe something like this one from Ballard Designs.
Ballard Designs clock 
I like this one from Ballard Designs too.  The green border would nicely coordinate with the  green in the hutch.
Ballard Designs clock 2 
I am also lusting after this rug from Ballard Designs for the breakfast room but I keep dragging my feet, hoping it will go on sale.  I know I should just order it because, with my luck, it will be discontinued or sold out if I wait.  Does that ever happen to you?
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As you can see, the breakfast room colors are green and blue.  I wanted to carry the blue into the bathroom around the corner from the breakfast room but instead of green, I  chose to use yellow with the blue.
I painted the walls in that bathroom a buttery yellow and bought a blue toile shower curtain off eBay.  I also had a lot of empty floor space so I ordered this wrought iron and “wood” corner étagère that I found on sale at    J. C. Penney’s online catalog site.   I can always use the extra storage and display space it provides.


JCP corner shelf

I still have a little work to do in that bathroom before it will be ready for its debut so be sure to check back.


Cindy said...

You found some really wonderful treasures! I am so happy that you are finding exactly what you need and are dreaming of, your room will end up just perfect. Isn't it wonderful when that happens. It is a rarity for me, I must say, and that is why I am so happy to see it happen to others. You will find your clock at HomeGoods or TJ Maxx I am sure, they are everywhere. Hugs, Cindy S.

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Oh girl what wonderful taste you have...
Love all the plates and with the rider and horse they were meant to be...What name are you giving your new home Shari?? Love the bench and you know you can add wood details to the front from lowes or home depot if you wanted that same look...Now the rug is beautiful and the clock...why don't you find a big platter and make a clock from it...just me thinking out loud again...less $$$ and you can get what you want..I use to make clock out of pretty china saucers years ago and sell them at the shop..Shari this is going to be a war and beautiful home when you get it all done...all your choices have been awesome so far...Thanks for sharing...hugs and smiles Gl♥ria ps girl email me your address and I'll make you a french bunny tassel for your new frenchy look..

4kids1mom said...

I have the same china hutch! I also have the dining room table and chairs. Love the blue/white dishes. I've been searching for some to collect.

Lottie said...

Shari, I can see it all coming together! Thank you for sharing. I love the blue and white rooster on top of the hutch and the plates are perfect. The bench will be beautiful in your dining room. I can't wait to see the bathroom when finished. Yellow and blue together is one of my favorite combinations!
Sorry about the laundry room flood.

Loui said...

I am a blue and white person also..
but love blue and yellow combo also..
love your choices!
warm hugs..

Pink Roses and Teacups said...

Hi Shari,

Love the dishes! What a score. the rug is perfect with the exact colors. I like the first clock you showed, and think it will look great. Wow, what a score on that bench! What are the chances of finding almost the exact thing at a great price! Glad you liked the paper I picked for my bathroom. Can't wait to start decorating.


Anonymous said...

I am not a rooster person either, but I love that one you bought. He is so handsome. You got some great deals.


Sandra~Romantique Inspirations~ said...

Look at you go, I think your doing so good finding a lot of things in no time. The bench thing, if you like the carving on it you can always add to the one you got. In fact I kinda like yours better because of the center part not being up so high like the first, but the carving stuff in very nice.

Keep it going I think your on a roll-

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Oh Shari, I have always loved blue and white dishes. Yours look so beautiful displayed in the cabinet. I'm not a rooster person either, but this guy is a keeper. And I love the bench!

Glad that you had a productive retail day.


Anonymous said...

Hi Shari,
You are making some lovely choices. I can't wait to see your new home unfold in the months to come and I'm sure everything will look just fab. TFS! Sheila

Connie said...

Hi Shari,
Finally found your blog again. On my DH's laptop in Florida and left my webpages at home. LOL Love all the things you bought. You have such good taste. Arrived in Florida on 29 of Dec and have been dealing with the odd temps too! LOL
Hope it warms up soon.