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.
Normally, I’m not all that much into roosters but I did think this fellow was quite handsome.
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.
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. :)
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.
I almost squealed when walked into Marshalls and saw this one for $129.00!
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.
I like this one from Ballard Designs too. The green border would nicely coordinate with the green in the hutch.
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?
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.