Wednesday, March 18, 2009

{if three is a crowd...}

...what does that make FOUR???

You all know the cardinal decorating rule "of grouping items in odd numbers?"
Well, sometimes I don't follow the rules, I digress...
{sigh}

The THREE tin tole trays, below, were making a nice statement on my kitchen wall just as they were. I've had them for many years, using them in three houses as we moved.

And then last week I found a fourth one in my favorite antique store, Patsy's of Mullins, SC. It has a little damage, but that blends and isn't very noticeable, ....and I might add, the price was right! {smiles!}

I wondered if maybe I should wait until I found a fifth one, so the number would be "decoratingly correct," but given my track record for misplacing items, I felt it would be safest "stored" on the wall! {LOL!}
I must be feeling quite giddy and silly due to our beautiful spring weather today, but as I was hanging these, the song from Sesame Street popped in my mind.....

One of These Things
(Is Not Like The Others)

One of these things is not like the others,
One of these things just doesn't belong,
Can you tell which thing is not like the other's
By the time I finish my song?...

Song From Sesame Street, by Joe Raposo and Jon Stone





So, have you figured it out???

~Rhonda :)

25 comments:

Amelia said...

Guess the answer is the bottom one - having the fruit in stead of all flowers...but the four of them look great (in my decorating eye) because of the colors and the positioning on the wall. I agree the rule of 3 or 5 ordinarily applies - but rules are made to be tinkered with... My vote "leave all 4 up".

Darlene said...

I know, I know....the bottom one has fruit in the picture where the others are just flowers!!!! I say you can break the rules in decorating....now who made up those rules anyway????? The four of them look great hanging there...you can always add another when you find it.

Vee said...

Hmmm, I was going to say that the top one looks like a plate while the others look like tole trays. Whatever! They all look wonderful grouped together.

Susan said...

Yes the one of fruit is different. I think I'd hang them round, square, round, square shape wise. Aren't you sorry you asked?!!
Susan

Sincerely Yours said...

Hi Rhonda! Who cares about the rules; I think the way you hung them looks better with even number!!! I love tole trays always have especially black ones but I can never find any; all these years and I've never come across one; must be shopping in the wrong States!lol Now, what's gonna happen when you get a 5th one????lol Have a great night - Jeannette

Bevelry said...

Rhonda, rules are made to be broken. They look great just like you hung them, and I love them all.

Michelle said...

I like to break the rules anyway....plus I think your arangement compliments one another beautifully:)

Enjoy the Spring weather!!!

Smilingsal said...

Yep, go buy a 5th.

Judy said...

Oh, first let me thank you for your sweet comment about my dining room....I really am loving it!

Now, about the trays, I guess the bottom cause it's not flowers?!?! I have that same tray, love that turquoise-y (word?) color but they look beautiful, even if they are not odd in number.

Hugs!
Judy

Bellamere Cottage said...

I actually gasped when I opened your page........I'm a tole tray groupie! I LOVE 'em.......yours are lovely. Just one of the many things I collect.....small house.......lots of collections.....hmmmmmm......

Have a wonderful day!

Warm regards,
Spencer

Monogram Queen said...

Breaking the rules is always good in my book!
I REALLY need to get over and poke around Mullins & Marion!

Charli and me said...

I think you put them together just the right way :>) They look beautiful!

Chari said...

Hi Rhonda...

Ooohhhh...I love your new tole tray! It looks lovely added to the others on the wall...but truthfully my friend, I think that if you want to use the odd number rule...it gives you good excuse to just find another pretty tray! hehe!!!

Warmest wishes,
Chari

Deb said...

Hi Rhonda! The fruit! I love them all, heck use four, they all are pretty and I like that the bottom two are larger than the others. That shape works for me! Deb

Mrs. G said...

Fruit and flowers go together like love and marriage.......hum now I'm thinking of the love and marriage song. Your group of for looks great and I'm so with you on storing it on the wall so you don't loose it. I do that all the time.
Hugs,
Sue

Melanie Dorsey said...

My first thought on the differences was the color not the fruit vs flower theme. I like them like you have them.

Becky said...

I think they look great hanging in a group of four. I'm guessing it's fruit and that's the difference.

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

I'm thinking you could just send one to me... for safe keeping!

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

I like this arrangement and with the bottom one being fruit instead of flowers you still sort of have an odd number.:-) Beautiful trays!

Picket said...

Ohhhhh Scooter it is beautiful...love the color and the fruit....girl live with what makes you happy...no matter what number it is! lol

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

What wonderful trays. I think the four of them look great! And the colors in the tray look so pretty with the flower trays. Great job! laurie

Beth at Aunties said...

Rules aren't for random people trying to nest their nests while looking for their Easter decore.:-) LOL
I am random and right brained to the core! I try to follow the rules but I loved your logic of hanging them on the wall, at least they won't get lost until the 5th can be found. They are each beautiful and I think they all go together!
I enjoyed your St Patrick's post:-)

Hugs, beth

Pearl said...

Hi Rhonda... This was a fun post and I loved the lil song! But, I Love your trays even more! As long as you have no fear of the "Decorating Rules Police" knocking on your door, then do whatever tickles your fancy! LOL ... I've always enjoyed your flair for decorating and your tray arrangement is Awesome! I own only one such tray, and it had belonged to my Mom...

Hope all is well in your corner... things are pretty much the same around here... finally enjoying some decent weather... Spring arrives this Friday... YAY!
God bless...

~hugs 'n prayers~

Pearl

ceekay said...

You have no idea how many times we sing - my husband and I - Sesame street songs. The count, and the isn't the same song...how funny!

Nance said...

Hi Rhonda,
I like the group of four and to heck with the decorating rules! ;) They are pleasing to the eye too being bottom heavy. They are surely a keeper, Rhonda!