Decorating with Bird Plates ~ Timeless motif that is bright and cheery.

It is surprising how popular and classic bird motifs are in decorating. I see a bird theme on dishes from all ages and styles. Bird designs are uplifting and make our spirits "fly".
Yummy Rich Purple Black and White Bird Plate
Bright Cardinal on Winter Branch Plate 
Asian Chinoiserie Blue Bird Lattice Plate
Plate in a bird shape--lovely aqua blue color
Chinese Red Chinoiserie Motif with Bird
Find more fun decorative dishes and plates in all colors, shapes, motifs, and sizes at

Decorate with Glass Plates ~ Elegant and Chic Accents for Wall or Shelf

Most the plates in my boutique are ceramic or porcelain, but I can't resist when I find a beautiful glass plate. They are so jewel like with such lush colors. Glass tile or mosaics are very expensive, but you can dress up a room with a beautiful glass plate for a very reasonable cost.
Iridescent Marble Plate
Groovy Flower Power Glass Plate
Sweet Victorian Rose Girl Glass Plate
Visit for lovely glass plates for wall, cabinet, or shelf decor.

Decorating with Italian (Made in Italy) Plates - Warm and Colorful Accent Pieces

Italian decorative dishes and plates are fun to add to your decor because they are colorful, warm, vibrant, and often hand painted in a carefree style. Shop online boutique for a nice selection of Italian Decorative Dishes as well as many other styles.

Bold Vibrant Italian Vintage Plate
Italian Hand Painted Handled Decorative Plate

Italian Blue and White Small Tray
Blue White Italian Small Wall Plaque

Hand painted vintage Italian floral Plate
Pretty Hand Painted Vintage Italian Pierced Plate

Women Cherish Their Dishes - A 1799 pioneer historical remembrance

In studying the history of a family primitive homestead painting ca.1775, I ran across a charming remembrance of my 4 x Great-grandmother, Hannah Brown Skinner, of the pioneer journey her family took in migrating from Bucks County, PA to found the town of Brownville, NY in 1799.

You can find the story here:

The whole story was charming to me, but as a dish lover this passage really struck me. Here is a 75 year old woman thinking back on a challenging part of her life when she was 15 years old and her memory involves taking care of her DISHES:

"Mrs. SKINNER thinks now, that she never felt so rich in the acquisition of any other article of household furniture whatever, as she did when she had persuaded her father to make a couple of rude shelves for dishes, by driving wooden pins into auger holes made for the purpose, in the logs, on the inside of their house, and placing rough hewed shelves upon them. Her crockery was now arranged in order, after the most approved notion of good taste, instead of being huddled together in some corner of the room, or shut in one of the pine board chests which had served as packing boxes for their "plunder"."


 Here are some pictures of a kitchen of this period from the Paddock Museum in Watertown, NY .


Decorating with Black and White Plates ~ Make a Statement ~ Clean and Crisp

The blog Pure Inspiration has some great tips for decorating your room with black and white:

If you choose to decorate with black and white add flair with decorative dishes and plates in black and white:
Black and White Decorative Plate with Red and Gray Accents

Shop by color at to find just the right decorative plate or dish for you room's decor.

Decorating with Yellow Plates ~ Sunny Yellow Lifts Your Spirits

Here is a welcoming sunny yellow room from this blog.

Decorative dishes and plates in yellow would fit right into this inviting space. Decorative dishes and plates could be used in the niches, on the cool glass tables or right on the yellow wall. Love it!

Here's a cool paisley square decorative plate and below is a glass decorative plate featuring yellow birds.

Decorating with Purple Plates ~ Dramatic Purple Room Decor

This exotic purple room as shown on this blog would not be for everyone, but could be a really fun look for a library or office. Good for creative thinking! I like the chairs and the rug, but I think the piece over the mantle is strange. Perhaps it is a mirror that they blanked out for the picture, but I'd like to see something different there--maybe some decorative plates.
Decorating with purple   
If you do love purple and have a room you'd like to decorate incorporating purple or lavender I have some lovely purple plates at that make great accent pieces. Here's a favorite:

Purple and Black on White Toile Decorative Plate