Using familiar objects as decorative items is not the only way you can incorporate them into your home; they can also have a more practical use.
During lockdown, we cleaned out our garage (like the rest of the country was doing) and came across some old doors that we’d pulled out of our old kitchen. The doors themselves were nothing special, but the handles I love, they’re unique and detailed.
So we’ve stored these handles in a safe spot and one day, I’ll use them somehow; most likely on a piece of furniture in my new home. Now every time I look at these handles, I’m reminded of a past time, of where we used to live, of happy times.
Here are some other ideas:
- It could be an old piece of furniture handed down from someone dear
- An old vintage vessel that you can use to house a plant or flowers
- A vintage light fixture rewired and refurbished
- A vintage rug
- A trunk or box to store bits n pieces in such as books or rolled-up throws
- Something you could repurpose, like turning an old vase into a table lamp base, Chelsea Lighting would be able to wire this up for you. Or a vintage blanket or fabric you can turn into a cushion etc.
- Something new that evokes a fond memory and has a practical use within your home
So, what objects can you introduce into your home that are part of your story? Not every decorating piece needs to reflect your story, just a few splashes here and there will do. They give your arrangements meaning and depth rather than something shallow that you’ve spotted in a shop.
For more examples of how I’ve incorporated much-loved pieces, visit some of my recent projects here