I’m super excited to share her decorating brilliance, so let’s get right to her “quick fix”!
Have a mantel that needs a new look? Fill some white vases with fresh flowers for a quick spring update.
Have bookcases that don’t have enough books and you need a space filler? Place platters behind the books or fill dishes with scrabble tiles or stack bowls of different shapes and sizes for visual interest.
Have kitchen shelving that needs a makeover? Purchase platters and vases and butter dishes and pitchers and urns and fill your shelves.
And the best part? You can find white dishes anywhere. My collection comes from yard sales or garage sales or thrift stores or the attic.
The key is that they are interesting and inexpensive and have unique shapes and textures. Together all those little bits of inexpensiveness work together to form a collection that looks like you spent a fortune.
Now you can un-pause The Real Housewives. 🙂
White dishes and The Real Housewives (#guiltypleasure)??? KariAnne just speaks my language!
Can you tell how much fun she is? We’ve had a couple phone conversations, and she is the real deal. Just as funny and nice and witty as she seems online.
Here’s one of my fav of her DIY’s, an IKEA dresser hack that’s totally swoon worthy…
Series Intro & my “fix”: Fabric Covered Books
Little Black Door: Lampshade Covers
The Makerista: Using Greenery in Styling
Primitive & Proper: Hide an Unused Fireplace
I absolutely adore those bright yellow flowers! And I love white plates. Why didn’t I register for them when we got married? I have blue plates galore (cry face).
Tell me about it…I was in a “Tuscan” phase when we got married (which went REALLY well with Stu’s Asian decor fascination. #hotmess). I registered for over priced faded yellow, taupe, and olive green dinnerware…And gave it all away two years later. NOW I have all white dishes and tell all newly engaged girls to go with white!
Michelle Lepak @ Dandelion Patina says
Love this simple quick fix. I have a few ironstone pieces, but now Karianne has inspired me to break out of my shell and grab every stinkin’ white dish, pot, and platter I can find! Thanks for this awesome, inexpensive, look like a million bucks, decorating tip!
Michelle, you’ll be SHOCKED how easy it is to find inexpensive and unique white dishes once you start looking for them!! (I had to wean myself off of them a couple years ago because I was turning into a white dish hoarder.) Thanks for popping by:)
Beth of designPOST interiors says
I love white dishes! I bought mine from IKEA and they always make my kitchen seem cleaner!
Yes for the clean factor:))
LOVING ALL THE WHITE. AS I GET OLDER I DON’T SEE AS WELL AND SEEMS LIKE THE WHITE JUST ADDS THAT LITTLE BIT OF LIGHT I NEED.
I think you’re on to something! Come to think of it, white dishes would be good to brighten a space when there’s little natural light. Thanks for popping by, Sandra:)
Elizabeth @ The Little Black Door says
Thanks for the intro. It seems Karianne and I are cut from the same cloth. How have I never found her blog before?! Shame on me!
Love white dishes. They work with so many different styles and are the perfect base for layering in other fun colorful pieces at table settings. Plus everything looks great on white plates:)
YES. Everything looks more delicious on white plates!
i need to be following this girl! why have I never heard of her?!?! and, i am addicted to white dishes. they make such a statement displayed together and are easy to find. love this post!