Fine Points

If you’re like me, it’s all in the details when it comes to styling elements.  Whether you’re drawn to contemporary home decor and clothing, vintage, or some combination of the two, it’s often the details that draw you in.  It could be the color, lines, craftsmanship, originality, other aspects of the items that you choose to decorate your home or wear on your body that makes something special and cherishable.

I’m starting a new series today titled, Fine Points, sharing examples of unique finds that I think are just that little bit extra and give my space and wardrobe individuality.  This is something I value.  When ninety percent of what you own is second-hand as in my case, individuality is pretty easy to attain.  I’ve never been interested in copying furnishings from a showroom floor or an outfit straight off a mannequin.  The slow hunt for treasures over time is a much-enjoyed experience and I’ve been doing it for years beginning with rocks and seashells as a kid.

A truly exquisite hand-woven rug.

I bought this last month and the final Brimfield Show of the year.  It’s from the 1920’s.  The seller had bought a trunk from a woman’s estate that contained two rugs and some antique clothing.  These rugs must have lived in this trunk for a very long time to still have such rich and vibrant colors and be void of wear and tear.  She offered to sell me both rugs but the other one was larger and the color palette didn’t quite fit my plans for it.  It’s woven onto burlap and the vivid colors are stunning.  I have it on my sunporch although I’m not sure it will remain there.  I have to find a place where it doesn’t get walked on every day or fade in the sunlight. 

I seem to have acquired a little stash of antique frames.  Occasionally, I find a print or piece of art from a thrift shop and I’ll take it and one of my frames to the frame shop.  I love the detail work on old frames.  Along with a few antique frames that used to belong to my grandmother, I have a couple of art deco and art nouveau ones as well.

My sister and I joke that we buy the same thing over and over.  We become obsessed with a certain type of decor and can’t seem to pass it up even though we have similar items at home.  In other words, a collection.  For me, it’s vintage linen, candlesticks, old church relics, wooden spoons, and cutting boards.  Add to that any kind of vessel that resembles an urn or trophy that I can repurpose.   

I put some drainage in the bottom of this champagne bucket to use as a planter for this waxy plant. 

I intended to use this gold urn as a vase for fresh flowers but sadly I discovered a leak when I got it home so now it holds some crystal flowers and lives next to Ulysses S. Grant. 

This old coffee urn is one of my favorite Goodwill finds of all time.  It cost $10.  It will hold fresh flowers or these of the metal variety. 

Found art is by far my favorite and my walls are covered with original pieces of art that I’ve come across over the years at yard sales, thrift shops, and antique stores.  I saw this original painting at an old dusty architectural salvage place hanging on the back wall.  I had to navigate an obstacle course to get to it but I did.  I paid $25 for it.  I love the rich colors as well as the incredible wood frame it came in.  I particularly like his “angry” eyes.  I can relate.

It was love at first sight when I spotted this Victorian monkey candle holder.  He was definitely coming home with me.  He sits amongst thrifted palm candlesticks in this tiny jungle I made for him. 

What are some of your favorite design elements or details that you look for?

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