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A Quick Way to Love Valentine’s Day

February 14, 2014

Happy Valentine’s Day SST readers! Today is Wilson’s least favorite day of the year. As another edition in the chronicles called Wilson and Anna Have Very Slighty Different Tastes,” Valentine’s Day is one of my most FAVORITE holidays, fourth only to Christmas, Thanksgiving and July 4th. I so love Valentine’s Day — the flowers, the chocolates, and, most importantly, the cards. I love cards, and I keep almost every one I receive because they are so special to me. Wilson’s rebuttal to my card worshipping? Valentine’s Day is a day that Hallmark created to make money and that he doesn’t need an excuse to tell me he loves me on just one day, he tells me that everyday. While this may be true, you still have to give me flowers and a card, sorry I’m not sorry. Hurry along to the grocery store.

The only thing that I don’t love on Valentine’s Day is the widely used combination of pink and red, which is a major faux pas in my opinion to pair together unless you are doing some uber-cool colorblocking. Not everyone hates pink and red together though — my grandmother sees no problem with the pairing and often wears them together much to my own mother’s chagrin — Grammy’s defense? “It’s in the same family…” Love my Grammy. But I digress…

It is truly astonishing to me the amount of hate a day designated to love receives. People actually despise Valentine’s Day. For those of you hatin’ on Valentine’s Day, relax. I have just the thing to make you feel better.


Wipe those questions marks off of your faces, people. Hanging plates on walls is an amazing thing and will most certainly alleviate any pain you may carry from the weight of Valentine’s Day. Let me tell you of the wonder and majesty that is created from hanging plates on walls.

First of all, hanging an arrangement of plates on any wall is an extremely budget-friendly way to decorate your home and cover those bare walls. My obsession with plate decorating is almost paramount to my love of Valentine’s Day. 


I found these great blue plates from — yes again — Sleepy Poet here in Charlotte. I swear I’m not getting paid by them, but maybe I should look into that… Old plates like these frequent many an antique store, but make sure you do not overpay for them. The ones on the top and bottom were $13 and the one in the middle was $15. Art work for just $41? Amazing! Are you beginning to feel better about Valentine’s Day yet?


Reason #2 why hanging plates on walls is so thrilling — it serves as an unexpected pop of color to any space. This fantastic royal blue adds color to the room without stealing the show.




This bookshelf in our little living room and is a source of much anxiety and paranoia for me. I cannot sit in this room for long without hypothetically rearranging every shelf in my head. Anywho, I recently rearranged one of the shelves to display my favorite piece of china — no sense in keeping it in a drawer when it a great decorating tool. I’m not suggesting that you buy a piece of china to decorate with — hello credit card debt! — but if you do have china, why not put it to work as a bookshelf beauty? While this plate isn’t actually hung on a wall, it is perfectly propped up so just hush.


George, Laura, J.K. Rowling and the Jones Family. A match made in bookshelf heaven. 


This built-in china cabinet was the original one in our home before we renovated it. The shelves are a little too shallow to display all of our china plates, but again my favorite piece makes an appearance in this room alongside a beautiful aqua Vietri plate that I found for $30. I promise, only $30! Reason #3 plate decorating is so delightful — it cultivates the perfectly curated look to any room.




Love the detail.


This is the wall above our bed in the bedroom, also adorned with plates from Sleepy Poet for $8 each. The colors in this room are muted neutrals — all the better to relax with — and these plates provide the perfect accent to my starburst mirror. More photos to come once the bedroom is finished.


Reason #4 hanging plates on walls is so spectacular — they give a gallery wall an instant updated look.


So simple yet so perfect. Reason #5 hanging plates is such a wonderful thing to do — It makes me so happy.

See how extremely fulfilling hanging plates on walls can be? It is truly an amazing thing and is a reliable resource to make you happy on any day, especially Valentine’s Day.

And if hanging plates didn’t make you feel better — which I don’t know why the hell not, but that’s fine — then perhaps this video of Wilson and our friend Travis urban snowboarding/skiing in our backyard will.

Wilson Shredding Pow

Like I said the other day — the possibilities are endless on a snowy day in the South.

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  • Reply Grace Cote February 14, 2014 at 11:26 am

    Your house is gorgeous and I am so impressed with your finds! The fact that you can pick out these gems as sleepy poet is beyond me. I get too caught up in the creepy old lady things like sherry glasses and fur coats… anyway, I love your cute blog!

  • Reply Anna February 14, 2014 at 11:57 am

    Thank you so much Grace!! I get super distracted by all the strange stuff in Sleepy Poet too — I found an old bra there the last time… !! Can’t wait to visit your blog, thanks for sharing your link.

  • Reply VIETRI February 17, 2014 at 2:31 pm

    As you can imagine, we at VIETRI are big believers in using plates as art! We’re so glad one of our pieces found its way into your decor. It’s a fabulous burst of color on that shelf!

  • Reply Anna February 18, 2014 at 9:47 am

    Thank you so much! That plate is one of my favorites… Thank you for stopping by!

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