Inexpensive painted trays, which were popular in the 1950s and 1960s and are still made today, can bring a farmhouse motif to a kitchen, breakfast nook or adjacent area. Small silhouettes often are bargain-priced at vintage and antiques shops, or you can make your own by printing silhouette-style clip art and placing it in small wooden frames. Pick three or four types of objects, such as silhouettes, blue-and-white serving platters, trays and resin horns, and arrange them in a composition, says Susan Sully, author of “Past Present: Living with Heirlooms and Antiques."
This lovely bedroom features a platter gallery wall on blue and cream fabric instead of wallpaper. The bold wall pattern is toned down by simple white linens and an understated headboard. Distressed lamps and shabby shic nightstands creates a quirky, country-inspired feel in the space.