Souvenir plates and color inspiration

Once upon a time Luray had a big porch lined with dozens of souvenir plates. They got taken down last year for never ending house renovations. I sure hope they aren’t gone forever, Luray, cause I found this for you!


And L@@K!!!! (Remember when people wrote that in every heading on eBay? Ugh.) It’s from Luray Caverns!


I love the muted colors on these old souvenir plates, and especially love the way this one just pops on mahogany. The soft greens, browns, taupes and greys remind me of the woods in Maine. Yes, I know this is a souvenir from a cave in Virginia, but I can picture decorating a cabin in these colors.

Better yet, I can create an instant color palette for my imaginary retreat. I just uploaded the photo into CCS Drive Image Palette and got this:


Light, medium or dark? Or select your own colors from the complete set of samples. How cool is that?

My fictional cabin would have the full range from stone to moss, from walnut to balsam and fall maple leaf. I might even toss in a few accents of lavender that the magic color selector omitted. Now I can almost hear a crackling fire and smell a big pot of soup simmering on the stove. A pumpkin pie is in the oven. It’s almost dinner time. All I need is an oversized squashy leather chair, a pot of Constant Comment tea and a really good book while I wait for my pretend meal in my pretend house. My mind has left Luray’s front porch lined with souvenir plates and totally gone on vacation!

What object inspires a color palette for you?

4 Comments on “Souvenir plates and color inspiration”

  1. luray says:

    Oh, thank you, Janeray! I have dozens of souvenir plates, but not a single one yet from Luray Caverns, so that is a pretty special one, and I love its autumn palette. The two vintage cars are a delightful bit of oddballness, no?

    • janeray says:

      Yes, the cars are bizarre! They couldn’t come up with anything else from the area? I wonder if the Luray Singing Tower is still there. You’ll have to make a pilgrimage and sing after the climb to the top. 🙂

  2. luray says:

    Oh, and you forgot the stuffed moose head with antlers over the mantel in your fictional cabin. 🙂