My New Cottagey Plate Wall

Cottage Plate Wall via Cottage Magpie

Cottage Plate Wall via Cottage Magpie

So I mentioned yesterday when I told you about my seriously embarrassing “someday” mudroom, that I got discouraged and started working on other things. This is one of those things! I pulled some things out of a box that had been hanging on the wall in my old office/studio…

It’s so awkward describing this room. It’s my craft room AND my office, and I work from home, so I really do work in here. Just saying it’s my office doesn’t really cover it, and just calling it my “craft room” doesn’t tell the whole story either. Sometimes I call it my “studio” (my husband’s family are all artists, so they all have studios), but I always feel silly saying that out loud. But saying “office / craft room” every time is cumbersome. What can I call it? Workshop? Maybe I’ll call it that from now on.

…my old workshop, and I didn’t have anywhere to put them so I thought I’d just go ahead and hang them up.

So I did that and I hated it. So Mr. Magpie suggested adding a few plates to the mix, and I loved the flowers on the plates. So I ended up taking everything else down and hanging all plates.

Cottage Plate Wall via Cottage Magpie

It kind of blew my plans because I had been thinking of doing a plate wall in the entryway I told you about before. But I’m sure I can figure something else out.

Cottage Plate Wall via Cottage Magpie

I don’t know what I’m going to do with all that other stuff that I took down. It doesn’t really have a home now. Hmmmm….

Well, meanwhile, I really love the plates. They make me happy.

They make me so happy, in fact, that I ended up doing three more projects today and yesterday to go with them! And in the process I have already changed the position of a couple of plates. Confused? I promise it will make sense soon.

Cottage Plate Wall via Cottage Magpie

I was feeling so bad about abandoning (temporary, just temporarily) my mudroom clean out project, but if I hadn’t started that I wouldn’t have found the stuff to hang on the walls. And if I hadn’t been discouraged, I wouldn’t have decided to hang it right then. And then I wouldn’t have realized I hated it and hung plates instead, and then fallen so in love with my plates that I was inspired to do a bunch more projects, one of which has been waiting for several years to be done!

I guess everything works out for a reason, doesn’t it?

What about you? Have you abandoned anything recently only to find that you were more motivated than before?

~Angela :-)

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  1. Hi Angela, your plate wall, is so pretty, and what a terrific way to feature a loved collection!!! My husband and I never finished painting our dining room. We have only lived in our home for a little over two years, and someday I am sure we will get back to it. Thank you as always for the lovely bit of inspiration!!!

    • Thank you, Jillian! I hear you! We have still not made any significant progress on our guest bathroom, and we’ve been working on it for five and a half years!! Oi! I think we might try to make some progress on it this year, though. Thanks for stopping by! ~Angela~

  2. Two things: 1) One can never have too many walls of plates. Seriously. 2) Perhaps Cottage Magpie Headquarters might be an excellent name for your space. Although it is a bit cumbersome. Maybe CMH?

    • Oh, Janelle, I agree! Plates are beautiful, and I really can’t get enough of them. I try to restrain myself for the sake of the other people who live here, but if I had my way… it’d be all plates all the time! :-)

      Also, “Headquarters!” I’m totally going to find a way to drop “HQ” into my next conversation about my office. “Well, I’ll have to check at HQ.” Hee hee hee. Thanks!


  3. I love it! You did a great job!

    • Thank you so much, SJ! I’ve never done one before so I was a bit nervous, and I can’t lie, I put A LOT of holes in the wall. But I like how it turned out. ~Angela~

  4. Linden Townhouse says:

    I love the plate wall-so cheerful! I think that “workshop” is a good word choice!

    • Thank you! I think workshop might actually be good — it’s simple and people will at least know what I am talking about without having to explain it every time. Thanks for the second! ~Angela~

  5. See, now that’s what I’m talkin’ about! It’s not what you didn’t do, but what you did! Your plates are lovely! I’m especially drawn to the one with the wire around it…never seen anything like that!

    Have I mentioned lately that I love your blog?

    • Oh, Dona, you are so sweet!! Thank you. I am blushing. The wire thing is a frame or display holder thing that I found at the Goodwill several years ago. It *seems* to be a plate display device, but I am not sure. That’s how I’m using it, anyway! :-) The plate that I had that fit into it the best seems to be some kind of dip plate — it’s clam shaped with a little indentation for a cup. I’ll have to post more pictures and see if anyone knows what it is! ~Angela~

  6. Those plates are simply gorgeous Angela! They look perfect in their new home!

    • Thank you, Mary! I’m honored that you think so! I have a few more to add as soon as I find some more of the really small plate hangers, but I’m liking it so far. They really inspire me! ~Angela~

  7. Oh Angela,
    I love your plate wall. So beautiful. I just put up my post on my mud/laundry room in my home tour on my blog. Check it out maybe it will inspire you to do your mud room!!!!! I am so glad I did mine because like death and taxes laundry happens so it is nice to have a good space for laundry.

    • Ooooh, Kris! Yes, I am heading over there right now. I know even before checking that I’ll be inspired! We are planning to move the laundry into the mudroom once we get the wall built, so it actually *is* going to be my laundry room, too! Heading over now! ~Angela~

  8. Maybe you could use the French word for workshop, Angela… where would you get more done – in a Workshop or in an “Atelier”?
    I remember seeing something like the wire holder years ago… did have a bowl inset & possibly it was used as a fruit bowl? It does look cool on your wall!

    Annie at the Transplantable Rose

    • Oooh, “atelier” sounds so continental! Love that. Of course, I’ll never actually say that out loud because I would feel like a big faker. But I can say it in my head! :-) I should show more pictures of the wire thing. The one I have has a hanger on the back, so it seems (at least to me) that it’s supposed to be hung up??? I have no idea. I like it, though. Thanks for stopping by, Annie! ~Angela~

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