My love of old things started when we lived in a big old house in the Lake District UK many years ago and had  empty rooms to fill and redecorate. 

I started going to auctions and junk shops to collect furniture. Old china plates were purchased to put on walls and to fill nooks and crannies.  The collecting bug had started!

I developed a taste for local auctions and antique shops and many a happy hour was spent bidding for items that caught my eye. 

We could not afford nice paintings so decided plates could be the answer.

A cluster of blue and white can look so stylish.  Nice to have a theme but maybe a mix and match of styles and patterns can be fun.  Some people cover a whole wall in plates, I like small corners or alcoves decorated , now I add one or two next to a painting and the result is good. A bare wall in a bathroom or kitchen can be fun to add a collection.