Thursday, August 7, 2008

Blue and white and pretty all over

Every few weeks I help the owner of a local furniture consignment store redesign the shop.

When you take in consignments, you can't entirely plan what you are going to wind up with. The trick is to arrange the furniture and accessories so the customers can appreciate the beauty of what's for sale... and not feel like they are looking at a random bunch of stuff.

The process is a lot like the one I use when I redesign a room in a home. A little rearranging, a little borrowing from here, a little editing there and presto: the room feels pulled together.

I posted this photo from a recent redesign at the store to illustrate a trick I like to use.

With help from the shop owner's daughter, my little helper Charlotte, we pulled all the blue and white china pieces from around the store to use in a dining area we created. You probably don't want to use two dining tables and two china cabinets at home, but you can see how the repetition of color makes the display so much more dramatic.

You can do the same at home by scouring the house for one color of objects and displaying them in a cabinet or on a table.

I double dog dare you not to love it.

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16 comments:

Jenny said...

I love blue and white.
And I love grouping things of the same colour together.
You do such interesting, fun work.

Caren said...

Looks great! I love blue and white. Good job!

Connie said...

Perfect idea. You always do great work. Keep it up!
~Connie

Nik said...

Very nice!

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

OH, I love blue & white too & a big collection always looks good!

Rhoda

mommy2gabby said...

Love the blue and white willow ware etc. My mom has a big collection! Thanks for stopping by my blog. Hope to have more up soon.

jody

Hooked on Houses said...

Very clever. I love all the blue and white together! -Julia

Kim said...

I would love to have all of that blue transfer ware & flow blue. I bet you have fun working wiwth all of that.

Jen r. said...

LOVE IT!

Rachel@oneprettything.com said...

Oh! I love that idea. How much fun is your job!?!?

Good N Crazy said...

I am all about orange. So maybe that will work for me...hmmm...

Tanya said...

I also love blue and white. Glad to have stumbled upon your blog!

sarah a beach cottage said...

such a good idea and very easy to do, the blue and white is a classic, I hope to find some blue and white china while thrifting, even if it won't be quite on display with all the white, it is a perfect contrast for table dressing

I'm gooing to read about your bathroom, I sure need ideas and inspiration lol!

Gray Matters said...

Now you have to tell me where you live. I've been looking for a china hutch like those to go with my table that looks very similar to the one in the picture - are those Duncan Phyfe?

please sir said...

Such a neat collection and love the colors!

nora said...

Our remodel was something that scared me but, then I found out that kitchen design help was out there. Go where the pros go and get the job done right.