Sunday, May 11

Every Room Needs Something Old

Whenever I look at beautiful spaces, the one thing that always pops out at me is the presence of something old.  No matter how shiny, new, or modern some of the furnishings may be, the thing that gives a room character is the presence of something from a different era.

We have a fantastic salvage yard here in Dallas where I like to go exploring for unique windows, doors, and hardware.  Though we’re not doing any major remodeling these days, I keep my eyes open for something as simple as a vintage window pane.  How very interesting it looks propped up in this simple vignette!

There’s an antique fair that happens in a neighboring city twice a year where the street is shut down to traffic, and vendors come from miles around to sell their wares.  Some of my favorite booths include the ones that specialize in rare prints, collections of colorful imagery from out-of-print periodicals and maps.

Architectural salvage can be used artistically in many ways, you’re only limited by your imagination.  Below, a time worn mantel becomes a focal point in a bedroom space as it plays the role of headboard. 

A bin from an old general store is reinvented as a shoe storage rack and brings more character to an entry or mudroom than a mass produced version would provide. 

On a smaller scale, look for containers originally intended for other purposes such as this chicken feeder which now stores oils, vinegars, salt and pepper and herbs on a kitchen counter.

Old and mismatched mercury glass containers are often available at antique stores and flea markets and make perfect cachepots for low maintenance succulents.

Bring nostalgia to a desktop by tucking old photos inside containers to remind you of favorite people and memories.

I find it’s often the things discarded by others which can be reinvented to suit your needs such as this series of benches painted in fun colors and transformed into unique bookshelves. You never know what prizes a bit of 'dumpster diving' will bring.

What’s your favorite “something old” on display in your home?

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