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This helped me finish 4 spots in my home

Recently, while I was antiquing I saw this great trend pop up over and over.

I haven’t seen these in years and if I did spot one or two, they were always mismatched or unusable.

What is it?

Beautiful blue and white platters, and stunning Faience plates.

I’m sure you’re about to toss me an eye-roll but these stunning pieces have been hard to find for the last few years!

These decadent porcelain pieces come in pretty handy when decorating.

And their light floral, garden-inspired motifs are making a huge comeback.

What I loved about these, were the colors which were stunning and unusual and the patterns were unlike anything I’ve seen.

I’ve always been a fan of these florals as they are the perfect fillers for several areas of your home.

Of course, you have to use this style tastefully, or else it can quickly feel like great- great-grandma’s house!

Here are 3 of my favorite ways:

In a Kitchen Bookshelf

Many of us have these open bookshelves in our kitchen. In fact, this is what inspired my obsession with these pieces!

I have been on the hunt for something antique to fill this spot.

So I knew this was the one when I spotted it!

Design by Amitha Verma

Design by Amitha Verma

Upper Cabinets with Glass

Do you have glass cabinet doors on your upper cabinets?

Many homes, have these and if the doors contain glass, this is a wonderful spot to display what you are passionate about.

I love pieces like these colorful ceramics in those cabinets.

Because they are so high up, the colors and patterns get a little muted and softer so you can go bold.

Wall Display

Tried and true, you can’t go wrong with a classic collection of plates on the wall.

18th Century Manor House in Normandy, France

18th Century Manor House in Normandy, France

A few of my favorites include transferware for more pattern

Plain creamware if you prefer simple, clean lines

Or blue & white

What I loved most about stumbling upon these is they finally helped me finish several areas of my home!

I kept it simple and only used a few to keep it modern and fresh but still classic.

So what do you think?

Are you in love with beautiful plates and platters as much as I am?

Or would you rather keep it modern and avoid using these?

Leave a comment in the comments section and let us know!

And don’t forget, if you’re at all interested in this eclectic but classic style, head over to Village Antiques, where you can find this and plenty other unique and unexpected trends!

‘Till the next time we meet, keep making your home amazing with your design gifts.



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P.P.S. Please be sure to check out our great workshops to transform your home!

Furniture Makeover Workshops:

If you haven’t been to one of our Chalk Painting Workshops, you’re missing out on a game-changing event.

Painting your furniture is the BEST way to give your home a fresh new look with minimal hassle, and it’s one of my go-to tricks whenever I need a change. Sounds scary, and I’m sure you’re thinking you would love to tackle a project BUT fear you may ruin your piece!

That’s why I’m going to walk you through the process step-by-step. Discover which workshop is the right fit for you:

1. Beginners Hands-On Workshop– Are you new to chalk painting? Would you love expert feedback while you work hands-on on a smaller project before you dive into that piece of furniture or your kitchen? Then this class is for you!

We’ll dive into beginner and advanced techniques that will give your furniture the professional POP and finishes to set it apart from the hobbyists and the amateur look.

You’ll learn how to paint like a pro, seal for long lasting finishes, and use our antiquing glazes to create furniture that looks antique and expensive…even if it’s brand new or a bargain find. You will learn how to master all our tools and our must have tips throughout the process.

You’ll also be shown the fundamentals of distressing. If you truly want to give your furniture that classic vintage style, then it’s absolutely VITAL you learn how to distress your paint.

You’ll leave the class with samples, your very own painted decorative object and the confidence to tackle those bigger projects and know how to do “right”.

Plus, you’ll learn 2 bonus tips that we don’t teach any other class!

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2. Advanced Hands-On Workshop- Get ready to skyrocket your painting skills to the professional level. In the pro class, you’ll learn 6 never before taught complicated designer paint finishes!

You will learn:

  • Pro distressing techniques and the fail-proof Amitha Verma Antiquing System to create an authentic finish
  • How to layer colors to add depth and brilliance to your furniture. You will learn not just one but TWO techniques the pros use
  • Whitewashing techniques and Amitha’s secret dilution formulations
  • Wet distressing
  • The secret to signature finishes like dry-brushing
  • Amitha’s treasure trove of favorite techniques to make an ordinary, flat piece come alive with detail (this should be its own class)
  • How to recreate the beautiful French Country Style on your own furniture.

* It is highly recommended you take the Beyond Basics or the Happy Hour course before enrolling for the Advanced Pro Class. We will jump right into several Advanced Techniques. Plus, you’ll get to leave with samples you can keep referring back to for years to come.

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3. Register for the FREE Fundamentals Deminar – New to the world of chalk furniture paint and want to see what is all about? Then this is the demonstration for you.

*Please note this is a demonstration only. If you want a hands-on experience we recommend the next workshop, The Beginners Hands-On Workshop.

You’ll learn the fundamentals about our products—everything from our step-by-step process to applying the paint, drying times, how to select colors that work best together, mistakes to avoid, and additional pro secrets and tips.

We guarantee that this workshop will let you recreate your favorite designer looks in under 2 HOURS (versus weeks). It’s our most popular option, and what we recommend to beginners.

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4. Paint-a-Piece Happy Hour Workshop. Just want to have some fun but still learn a thing or two? Then come in with the piece you want to paint and a certified Amitha Verma teacher will show you how to paint the right way. You’ll learn how to avoid costly mistakes, we’ll help you with color suggestions, show you how to apply sealer and antiquing glazes like a pro, and give you expert tips and guidance. Bring a friend, make it a ladies afternoon or personalized party event! Perfect for private parties or fundraising events!

What’s more, you’ll leave with a finished product!

All of our classes are small, with only a handful of people. This means you get personal attention no matter which class you choose.

But they fill up fast, so sign up now before your spot is gone! Click here to register:

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