Sweat drips down my....okay okay I'll stop.
So I've been seeing a lot of plates as decor on walls. (Can something be a trend if its been around for a long time? Not sure.)
And you know what? This plates on walls trend is like McDonalds. Wait for it...Wait for it.....
I'm Lovin' it.
Okay okay sorry sorry. Thats a Pete Holmes joke and its just too hard to resist. And if you don't get it then me and Pete both appologize for your appalling lack of a sense of humor.
Okay back to the plate trend. Lets talk about it. After all what else is there to do? (like a million things, but I'm a millennial so I'm supposed to have a blog so help me out here and lets get on with this damn plates on walls discussion.)
Lets start with the Hotel Daniel in Paris. I went there over the summer and had tea one afternoon with my lovely Maman (who else?) it was a delightful way to spend an afternoon and the chinoiserie decor is unbelievably gorgeous. Here is a wall of plates they have:
The 1st dibs decor blog, The Study, did a profile of an Australian designer named Greg Natale. Turns out I had been crushing on his designs for a while without knowing, and then for his portrait they have him standing in a living room he designed with a panelled background and Fornasetti plates filling it up. Um hello?!!! Am I not obsessed with Fornasetti? Love it, love it. Turns out, its a project he did called Croydon house and the entire house features Fornasetti throughout.
In my living room, I have Fornasetti plates on the wall. They were a gift for my birthday, purchased by surprise in Paris at L'Elaireur (thank you Mummy!!!) I used the plates on either side of the window. I designed and painted faux paneling on either side of the window to give the plates an architectural home. Each plate also got a friend, a giraffe head from White Fax Taxidermy to further heighten the symmetry. The Fornasetti plates themselves are a perfect addition to the black and white graphic quality the living room is sporting. Plates are a fun addition to the room as wall decor, they are more unexpected than a traditional pairing of lets say two paintings or two prints.
Lets end by looking at a super dope, that right dope as f*ck (too scared to actually write it) version of plates on walls by the New York designer Ghislaine Vignas. This woman is so fricken freaken cool, like I don't even know. Its insane. In fact, its so insane, I can't even completely identify what she's done here. Is that a photo of plates on a wall put on a wall, which would be so crazy tongue in cheek awesome? Or are these actual plates and some of them have been cut to make it rectangular? What is going on here?!!! Who cares, its looks so awesome!!! The woman is sick!
What do I love about plates on a wall? They add interest. They add texture. Plates on a wall are unexpected. Plates should be on your table, instead plates are on the walls. And all these bitches crawl. Okay sorry, but you have to admit, though vulgar in sentiment it is a rather catchy tune. (see Sandra Bullock, The Proposal if you are still in doubt.)