The Guest Room Is HomeGoods Happy

The guest room has been going through a transformation for a while.

Shopping and planning . . . planning and shopping.

I get an idea, then I change my mind.

However, I knew exactly what I wanted to do, in decorating the hutch.

It was just a matter of finding the right items. . . and I did.

Cue the HomeGoods Happy Song!

Guest Room Hutch-Housepitality Designs

Guest Room Hutch-Housepitality Designs

I was on the hunt for blue and white pieces to place in the NQV (Not Quite Vintage) hutch

that I painted. . . .as the background was white and needed bolder colors that would stand out.

I previously purchased the Drexel Heritage Blue and White ceramic lamp at HomeGoods.

Country French Hutch-Housepitality Designs

I went to a couple of import type stores looking for blue and white ceramic pieces.

You would have thought that those were the places to go; however, I did not find anything.

Ralph Lauren Ginger Jar-Housepitality Designs

So across the street I went . . . ran into HomeGoods and I heard the angels sing.

Cue the choir. They had a collection of Ralph Lauren ceramic kitchen items in blue and white.

Guest Room Hutch/Blue and white ceramic-Housepitality Designs

This piece is actually a canister. Looking good behind the metal grate door front.

The plates are by Johnson Brothers . . . also from HomeGoods.

Johnson Brothers covered dish-Housepitality Designs

I also found this cutie of a covered dish by Johnson Brothers, and yes, at HomeGoods.

I guess I now officially have a blue and white ceramic theme going on in the room.

Ralph Lauren Pitcher/plate-Housepitality Designs

Who couldn’t resist getting this great pitcher in the same Ralph Lauren pattern

and the coordinating plate. I love this plate; however, I could only find one out of the three

HomeGoods stores that I went to that day.

Really love the colors and hope to find more eventually.

Vintage book-Housepitality Designs

Brought the vintage book of Japan to the table to add some added color and texture.

Japanese lidded teacup-Housepitality Designs

I then remembered that I have a tea set that I purchased in Japan when I traveled there many years

ago with my mom and brother. Added a little bit of sentiment to the table.

Ralph Lauren Ceramic Blue and White Collection-Housepitalty Designs

Even though I am in the process of making over this room, some of the new things that I placed in

the room has since been alleviated . . . tossed to the curb when I find something better when

shopping the house.

Japanese Postcards-Housepitality Designs

I had forgotten about these postcards that I purchased at a post office in Japan. These postcards are

so colorful and I loved the artwork. They were commemorative cards depicting a celebration.

It was a great souvenir, let alone an inexpensive one! This was hanging in a powder room in a former

house and the mat and frame coordinated with the wallpaper.

Now, about 17 years later, it is the perfect colors and theme for this room.

Guest Room Vintage Hutch-Housepitality Designs

There is still more to do in this room before I call it complete, but then again, no room is completely

done. I still have more do to on this hutch . . . new hardware, more painting and distressing.

I just met with my friend Linda to have her do some trim work on the drapes and to recover a chair

seat and the list goes on.

Sometimes I wish I had a magic wand and I could wave it around the room and everything would be done,

but I would have missed the process, the thrill of the hunt, the fun of decorating . . .

I would have missed the dance!

Have a wonderful day everyone!

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  1. Love the blue and white additions to my room. I can’t wait to see what Linda does. I want to trim my curtains in my bedroom when I can.

  2. Oh, my, Shirley! Your hutch and blues and whites look so pretty! I love that big hutch you’ve painted and the new porcelain pieces are beautiful. I could take a few of those off your tiny hands.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia 😉

  3. I love that hutch and all of your gorgeous new blue treasures. Homegoods always seems to come to the rescue. This room is looking fabulous and those postcards are such a treasure too.

  4. You found so many beautiful treasures! I LOVE the blue and white plate with butterflies and flowers. What a find! I’m on the hunt for blue pieces too. What is the color of the walls in that room? I’m getting ready to paint our bedroom. Is that a gray-blue? I’m always inspired by your blog. Thank you.

  5. The room looks so pretty already. The hutch is perfect with the blue and white pieces. I agree with you that the hunt is so much fun…I wouldn’t want to miss that part.

  6. What beautiful pieces!!! I can’t believe you have room for a huge hutch… my guest rooms are like rabbit hutches…

    Happy Wednesday!!!


  7. Beautiful! I love blue and white. I have a hutch filled…some from Home Goods, some from garage sales, some from estate sales, etc. Running out of room…lol

  8. I love blue and white china and vases…you found some great pieces. Love the framed post cards.

  9. The blue is a beautiful pop of color against the white, great choice. And the wire mesh in the doors is another great detail. It all looks perfect now.

  10. I LOOOOVE the blue and white pieces!! I have been stalking HG also for blue and white pieces. That was so smart it use kitchen pieces!!! You clever girl, you!! The hutch is fabulous in there, that is a neat idea to have it in a guest room! I love the things you have from Japan. I have 2 friends who got transferred to Japan and lived there for 2 years. They used to say it was a good thing I was afraid to fly or I would have gone BROKE buying things:):) Have a great day, Shirley.

  11. Shirley….of course I love your blue and white! Makes me happy. And that canister….oh oh, I want one. Oh how I wish I lived near a Home Goods! I found six RL salad plates with just blue at TJs but they only had six. They had the floral like yours…but I am searching for more of the just plain blue and white. Yes…the thrill of the hunt, and the process…fun!
    Love your hutch too!

  12. Shirley you really scored!! I wish the Home Goods here were closer to me.
    I can see it is worth the trip though! Love it all!

    The Arts by Karena

  13. Shirley,
    You gotta love Home Goods. Always find the best stuff in there. That hutch is gorgeous and I love the blue and whites you have put in it. So beautiful.

  14. You found some beautiful pieces and they look gorgeous in your white hutch!!!!
    Such a beautiful room!!!!!!

  15. love those blue and white Johnson Bros plates. I have the red ones and have been wanting to find some blue and green ones! Home Goods is on the agenda for the weekend! Love this room!

  16. Linda miller says

    Very pretty. I especially like that plate. I have added just a touch of blue in my spring pillows. I think I overdid it in the 90s! I can’t wait to see your finished project. It would not be nearly as rewarding if decorating wasn’t a process. Enjoy the hunt!

  17. You did it again Shirley!Bee-U-ti-full. I am so happy I have found you and your blog for inspiration and direction as we decorate our new home.

  18. Oh, be still my heart! Your blue and white collection is wonderful!! Any guest would feel special getting to stay in a room like that: I love the color of your walls and all your accent pieces. Thank you for sharing this very lovely space. Rosie @ The Magic Hutch

  19. I think you had a shopping angel sitting on your shoulder when you walked into Home Goods to find all your blue and white decor. It looks so fresh and pretty.

  20. It looks lovely, Shirley! I poked into our Home Goods last night where the manager came to greet me, because HE KNOWS ME. I spend a lot of quality time (and money) there! Have a good one!

  21. Beautifully done Shirley. I love blue and white, it’s all perfect! Jo

  22. Shirley,
    I always love blue and white together…its a timeless classic that never goes out of style and no one does it better than Ralph Lauren. Love the way you blended all your new and old treasures together.

    Although we have a HomeGoods store nearby, I always love going into other HG’s stores when we travel. Recently, I found a great reproduction seltzer bottle at HomeGoods and it blends perfect with my vintage seltzer bottles which have become rather pricey.

  23. rattlebridge farm says

    Everything is beautiful, Shirley. The blue and white porcelain is gorgeous in the white cabinet.I’ve got to get myself to Home Goods.

  24. Donnamae says

    It’s looking quite lovely! Loving those special Japanese touches like those postcards! 😉

  25. You know I love your blue and whites. They always look so fresh no matter where they find a home.
    Mary Alice

  26. Shirley I LOVE all the blue and white pieces you added to that pretty hutch…now I want to make a run to Home Goods!!

  27. Loving the blue and white. I really need to visit HomeGoods I haven’t been in a very long time. Soon though…!:-)

  28. I love all the blue and white dishes. I got my friend one of the Ralph Loren pitchers for Christmas as she has quite a collect of the blue and white vases.
    Every time I get rid of something that does go, I regret it, because just as sure as I do, I could have used it in the new decor. Oh well such is life.
    I really like the room, can I put my reservation in now? LOL

    Great job Shirley and you do a terrific of hunting what you need.
    Have a gret weekend coming up and hopefully the weather will be nice and warm.

  29. What a great hutch, Shirley! I love the doors. Your blue and white collection looks great against the white of the hutch. You found some great pieces, too. I don’t know if you have Kroger by you, but they have blue and white willow dishes that I always see on display when I am in there doing my food shopping.

  30. You have been a busy girl! I love your blue and white accessories! You did very well at Home Goods! I wish we had a Home Goods, TJ Maxx or Marshalls! The nearest Home Goods is 40 miles away. 🙁 Your guest bedroom is so pretty and inviting! Any guest would feel pampered to stay in such a lovely room.

  31. You would miss the dance, and we would miss your posts! ‘It’s all about the posts, ’bout the posts, no kidding’.

    I was in HG today and did some damage too. It’s always interesting to see the differences in their stores depending on location…not so great neighborhood = not so great HG. You’re right about thinking the blue and white items would be in an import type of store. Surprised you didn’t find anything, but heck, you did really, really well at HG!

    The postcard souvenir is such a fabulous memento of your trip, not to mention an interesting decorative piece. That’s a win-win in my book. 🙂

  32. What a gorgeous hutch that is Shirley! Blue and whites are a gorgeous combination. Home goods is just plain ole trouble makers since they moved into town. I have gone there a little too many times in the past few months:) Can’t wait to see what you come up with.

  33. I am loving all of the blue and white pieces in your room, Shirley! That look is one of my favorites! Hugs…Debbie

  34. Loving your new blue and white collection! I’d say you hit the mother lode!!

  35. Shirley,
    You have done a beautiful job on your hutch. What kind of paint did you use? Love your blue and white Ralph Lauren items. I have a pillow that matches it! I got it at TJMaxx about a year ago. Would love to find another one. I also have a matching lamp, it is a large one. I love Ralph Lauren!

  36. Blue & white love Shirley! Your hutch is beautiful displaying your pieces and I love the sentiment and beauty of the framed postcards! If you have a Hobby Lobby near you, they have a great selection of blue and white ceramic pieces from time to time 🙂

  37. Blue and white bliss! You’ve styled it beautifully, Shirley. I love that covered dish by Johnson Bros – want it!!! Thank goodness for Homegoods. I’ve been shopping there quite a bit lately. I love the art section. Cheers on this snowy day in DC. xoxo

  38. Jeanette Price says

    I love to visit your blog Shirley. I always know when I come here it’s going to be something beautiful. Your hutch is to die for!! I have to stay out of Home Goods. I swear my money just leaps out of my bad in there..I get into lots of trouble!

  39. Looks beautiful…. Very well coordinated and the color looks fantastic with all that white…

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