26 December 2018
Every home has unique pieces, little treasures you may have collected throughout the years. It may be something that just caught your eye or it may be a piece that has a story or family history. However it ended up in your home you want to be able to display it for you and others to see.
For as long as I can remember I’ve been shopping for interesting finds. My Grandparents would pile me and my brother and our cousins in the back of the truck every Sunday and we would head to the Sackville flea market at the old drive-In. My Grandparents had always had a second-hand shop on their property. They had so many small buildings full of items for sale, you were bound to find a treasure there somewhere. My grandmother would find some of the most unusual pieces and bring them home, fix them up and resell them. I can remember her buying an old mailbox and recreating it into a bird house and selling it. Her taste at times…was very unusual but I would have to say my creativity came from her. She also loved to sew and made beautiful quilts. My grandfather, a carpenter by trade who also created unique wood pieces. The neighborhood would always shop at their house for everything from skates to furniture, they pretty much had it all. So shopping for unique pieces is a bit of a family tradition.
Some of the greatest pieces I have are old pieces, they have so much character. Sometimes the more worn they are the more I like them.
Texture is an important element in styling, you want to have a mix of things like glass, wood, metals, books, etc., things that add interest to the grouping.
In this grouping above, you can see there is wood, brass and amber glass. This makes a great grouping for a bathroom vanity.
The amber pump bottle is new, but the tray, brass candlestick, and brass holder are all vintage pieces. Decor that looks perfect doesn’t always make a space feel comfortable.
You don’t want your guest or company feeling like they can’t relax in your house. That’s why a nice mix of old and new work well together and help create a more relaxed feeling.
Old books on shelves or tables add character to your home and help give small landings for showing off your decor. New books look great too, but old books have that look to them like they’ve been read a million times and you want to still open them up and find out what’s inside. Books in similar colors look nice grouped together. I like neutrally toned books myself. You can put the books different ways to create a different look.
Vintage decor pieces made of brass, copper, and silver often have a beautiful aged patina to them.
Wooden pieces, in my opinion, are a must in styling. Aged or worn wood especially adds such an element of character to a room. I love old wooden bowls, they work in kitchens, dining rooms, and on coffee tables as well. Most wood pieces are versatile and can be used in different areas of your home.