Wednesday, February 15, 2017

No Self Control

I have been organizing and purging since January of 2016 and my rule has been "no more stuff".


But, I have been thinking about this 2' long wooden bowl since December


and I finally caved in and brought it home last week.


I convinced myself that one new thing wasn't a problem.


Then I spotted these plates at TJ Maxx on Monday and my internal debate lasted about 1 minute.


Wait, there are bowls too!!!


Seriously, how could someone who loves mix and match decor pass up


blue & white, polka dots and splatter paint?


When I set the plates in my cart, I was hoping that they would work with my mix & match Paola Navone flatware,


but sadly, the blues clash with one another.


Fortunately, I have other navy flatware 


and red flatware will be fun for all the patriotic holidays.


I even found the perfect spot to keep the plates on hand.


I will have so much fun creating table settings with these dishes.


 I chose the splatter paint, dots and lines for their initiation.


This photo captures my decorating style - the candlesticks don't match, the chairs don't match, the dishes don't match . . .


When I showed the dishes to my neighbor (a blue & white girl like me) she flipped a plate over to see who made them and it turns out they are Royal Doulton.

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The entire collection is fun, but I will show self control and be content with my plates and bowls.


But, if I come across any of these pieces at TJ Maxx, I'm pretty sure there will be no self control.

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47 comments:

Curtains in My Tree said...

OMGOsh since blue and white anything is my favorite I love them, I think your flatware matches them just fine And I was in TJ MAxx Saturday and didn't see these dishes, of course I know different states have different item
Good for you getting them

Renee said...

I love the blue and white dishes. Great find.

Pamela Gordon said...

I love the new dishes and am amazed they are RD and found at TJ Maxx. We have a HomeSense here which is the Canadian version of TJ and the other discount stores but not a great selection by times. You will certainly have fun setting your table with these dishes. They really are sweet.

Susie said...

You made me laugh...no more stuff...But oh those dishes were made for your table. :):) I love how they look all mixed up but going together so well. Blessings, xoxo, Susie

Sarah said...

With a name like Pacific, they were meant to be part of your beach cottage. Of course blue and white is a no brainer too. Wonderful find, Carol! I admit I'm much more selective these days with what I bring home. Mostly just buying gifts for others, but sometimes I can't resist. Saw something today online that is calling my name. Will see if I can hold off the temptation.
Love the flatware too!

NanaDiana said...

Sometimes a girl just has to do what a girl has to do. lol I LOVE your new dishes! What a find and if you DIDN'T get them you would be kicking yourself from here to tomorrow. I love your wooden bowl, too. Good choices!!! xo Diana

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Carol, I've been clearing out like crazy, giving away complete sets of dishes, but I have to admit I would've been tempted by these! You see I'm a blue and white dishes addict like my mother before me. And now you've got me thinking ... no, NO, I'm not going to let you drag me down with you! :D Not without a fight.

craftyles said...

I love your new plates and bowls. I would have caved in on these too. They look so pretty in your dining room!

Susan Freeman said...

I love your rationalization ~ and your sense of style too!

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

Kim said...

Simplifying and purging are great, I am all for it and doing it myself, but there must be room for a little fun. I'd say you found some... ;)

Laurie said...

They are so pretty, Carol. Nice find!

Audrey said...

Beautiful ... and I would have had a hard time passing those up too.
Love the wooden bowl too.
Audrey Z.

Botanic Bleu said...

Carol,
Did you say blue? Did you say blue and white? I'm afraid my self-control left when the first mention of blue. Please tell me where you found your blue and white striped table runner? No self control for that either.

Judith

Linda said...

What fun is life if you can't get STUFF when you want it!! It's not a celibate lifestlye you're seeking but a CELEBRATE of life!! You GO, Girl!!!
And WAIT! Did the store keep that wooden bowl since December?? Just for you??

Jann Olson said...

Carol, those dishes are so you! Love them!! The splatter design is something I would never have imagined, but it sure is fun. Love your flatware too. I really need to get some. Oh, and that heart bowl is fabulous as well! I have been trying to use will power while helping with that estate, but now and then I can't resist! :) Thanks for sharing with SYC.
hugs,
Jann

Blondie's Journal said...

You are the real deal, Carol. We cave, It's that X chromosome. I love your dishes and I can bet they were a bargain, too. We need to stop the glorification of lean and simple. The heart matters the most.

Jane x

Kirby Carespodi said...

But they are definitely your style! Go for it!

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

Oh my! Those gorgeous plates and bowls would go perfect in my cobalt blue and white kitchen! I will be checking TJ Maxx out! They look gorgeous in your sweet home.

Rhondi said...

The plates and bowls are perfect and I would not have been able to resist either! 2017 is my year to organize and purge, but I'm getting a slow start. Hope you have a great day!

Helen Philipps said...

Collecting things is fine when you do it as stylishly as you do Carol!! I love the new blue and white dishes so much. Your pictures are amazing.
Helen xox

Pam Richardson said...

Carol you did the right thing to purchase the wooden bowl and the dishes. I can only imagine the ways you will find to use them in your beautiful vignettes!

Junkchiccottage said...

LOL Carol. Sometimes we have to break our own rules when we see something we really cannot live without!
These dishes are so you and beautiful. Your table setting looks awesome.
Hugs,
Kris

Linda @ A La Carte said...

I love that wooden bowl but my heart is jumping with joy at the plates and bowls! Oh my, those are perfect for you. You will enjoy those for many years! Hugs!

podso said...

I can totally understand your temptation here. They are lovely, and of course I'm a big fan of blue and white. You will have a lot of fun with these. The bowl you will do a lot with too. These all seem "you!"

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Carol, oh yes, these would have been hard to pass up. They just call your name!! Lovely table setting. Have a great weekend.

Scribbler said...

Self-control is vastly overrated sometimes!😉

Melanie said...

Hey, sometimes you still have to buy some fun things that catch you eye, even if you are downsizing! Love your new bowl and the plates are so cool with the paint splatters. Sadly, Royal Doulton dishes aren't made in England anymore though.

Art @ Home said...

LOVE the bowl, and the dinnerware is so much fun. I wouldn't have had any self control, either! I don't blame you! I hope you can find the companion pieces soon. I'm a bad influence!

Libby Wilkie said...

I am laughing here in my studio!!!! What fabulous plates (and bowls!) and yes, I too would have snapped them up in a nano-second. Look forward to seeing them in lots of your pictures!! Good shopper!

Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

I hope your hubby got the spatter paint plate- being a painter and all. Of course I love all the blue & white mismatched pieces and your coordinating flatware. And your carved heart bowl is going to be fun to fill for every occasion! When you've thought about something that long, it was meant to be.

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

Your new dishes are beautiful, Carol...I love the whole collection...I can see why they came home with you! Love the wonderful heart shaped bowl, too!

Susan said...

When it brings so much pleasure it really can't be considered "stuff".

Sylvia said...

Carol, I've always loved your style. What a fun set of dishes in my favorite combo of white and navy. I love the paint spot one the best. Enjoy it all. Thanks for sharing. Sylvia D.

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Hello Carol!

It's hard, isn't it! What I've been doing myself is decluttering the house of things that are not antique or somewhat vintage, THEN....replacing them with a few MUST-HAVE items. That's the only way I can feed my hunger for charming items....get rid of more than what I bring home! But if you have adequate storage, then bringing out a few things for each season is manageable! LOOKS GREAT!

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

Completely in love with those fun dishes. And is it me or the wooden bowl has a weird heart shape?

Jackie @travelnwrite said...

Oh I am laughing at this one. How many times have I started to 'clean out' announcing no more stuff! And then all it takes is that little niggle in the noggin' that says "you'll regret it if you don't take this/these home!" Loved the post and your new 'stuff'!!

Deb from frugal little bungalow said...

Lovely / ENJOY! :)

20 North Ora said...

How perfect for your home!

Judy

HWIT BLOGG said...

No more stuff! I know! But your new dishes are just beautiful :)
Have a happy weekend,
Titti

At Rivercrest Cottage said...

What a great find, even if you had to break a rule or two!

CatieAn said...

I absolutely LOVE the wooden heart bowl.....I wouldn't have waited. Your blue dishes are wonderful.
So perfect for you and your cottage.

Row homes and Cobblestones said...

Carol I have an saying -when you heart connects, your dollars leave! I think your heart made a beautiful purchase in both the heart wooden bowl and the plates. I too have a weakness for dishes and bowls and your newest finds are stunning.

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

Oh Carol, I would have folded too. They are very pretty and you will get a lot of use from them.

Love the bowl also - looks great.

Are you enjoying the rain - we really got some on Friday and has been raining on and off all weekend. I guess that we will be getting some more this coming week.

Stay dry and have a great week.

Mary

Lynne said...

Carol!

How could you NOT bring those plates and bowls home? The sing "Art & Sand"!

I have made it 51 days without bringing anything new into 34. I am purging, painting and rearranging 34 like a mad woman! We have guests from Idaho,( our new family ), coming to stay for wedding showers and festivities the end of March.

Have a wonderful week!

w/L



Jann Olson said...

Hi Carol, popping in to let you know that you are being featured at SYC.
hugs,
Jann

Rita C. said...

Ooh, Carol, I can totally see why you caved - on both fronts. Both of those items are so YOU, and I love them both. I am purging too, but mine has not been year-long, only each January. This year it's heightened due to the kitchen & bath projects, and I'm really frustrated with myself in how much stuff I have, yet things I see that I can't resist. I would've done the same thing you did on those purchases. They're awesome. Maybe I would've promised myself to purge something else in their place.....maybe.

Down by the sea said...

I can understand how the temptation was just too much! Have you tried the one in one out principle? It helps to decide whether a new item is better than anything else you have at home! Sarah x