Do you have anything in your home that you just truly enjoy walking by everyday? I have several of these things, and I'd like to share a few with you now.
The first one is a garage sale find. It looks like a high-end boutique item, but it is much better. An original oil painting bought off the streets in Paris from the artist by a couple on their honeymoon over 30 years ago. It was rolled up in their closet for so long, they decided it was time to get rid of it. That's where I came in, handed them $5 and walked away feeling elated and a bit like a thief. The framing was done by a friend who needed her greenhouse taken care of while she was away. So in exchange for my services, she framed my wonderful painting. I love it's texture, colors, content, everything. I could decorate an entire room around this painting.
The next piece is an antique replica, very French country. It's near the dining room table and holds my favorite napkin rings and napkins. There is also a milk glass pitcher, adorable hedgehog salt and pepper shakers, old owl trivets, and a few other knick knacky things that I like to use on my table. The two gourds you see there were grown by little sister last fall, and they are just too adorable to send to the compost. I wonder how long they'll last?
This piece of furniture sits underneath the above one and was built by a retired gentleman in the area. He used reclaimed barn wood and ceiling tiles. He said this might be one of the last pieces he would be able to create that incorporates the tiles, as they are getting harder and harder to find. Not only were his prices beyond reasonable, but the craftsmanship was excellent. Even the hardware is old, but everything opens and closes smoothly and of course, it compliments the piece so much more naturally than reproduction pieces would. It currently houses vases, cake plates and some cake decorating supplies. The drawer is lined with an assortment of teas.
To the left, I have a little ladder holding a few of my favorite table linens. I may eventually change things up and repurpose the ladder, but for now, I really love that display.
We don't have a large, fancy or unique home, but by filling it with only things that we enjoy, and not settling for less, we have created a very comforting haven for ourselves