I have always considered myself someone who loved a mostly antique room when it came to decor. I’ve never been into sleek modern looks, metal, plastic, or even leather, no matter how “hot” it got. I have never liked “modern”, most especially mid-century. And that has not changed. I think because I grew up in a house full of mid-century modern furniture, it just doesn’t speak to me. However, I am realizing that I really gravitate to a room that has a piece of something modern or contemporary in style in the room. Whether that be the sofa or just one table, I love the idea of at least one piece of furniture in the room having really clean lines. I think a room full of antiques, and only antiques, can start to look a little fussy. Even, dare I say it, when it’s a room full of French antiques. If one clean-lined piece is added, it adds depth that just isn’t there otherwise. And I really mean one. If there were more, at least for me, that would be too much. I want the the room to still have that antique soul, but with a little edge.
Decorating with numbers is something I have been into for awhile now. I have several different numbers, in different forms, around our house. It all started when I bought an antique demijohn for my husband for our anniversary one year, and because it was our 20th, I wanted to incorporate the year somehow. I found a cute little vintage hotel room badge with the number 92 on it and I hung it on the bottle. That was it! After that, I was off and running. Since then, I’ve added some 3’s (the number of kids we have), 5’s (the number in our family) and several more 92’s. My husband even got me an antique French street sign with a 92 on it for another anniversary. For whatever reason, I love the feeling I get when I look across the room and see one of these! But really, I see a lot of numbers around now; it seems to fit the vintage/farmhouse aesthetic, not to mention the fact that the Pottery Barns and Home Goods of the world sell them in different iterations. I love it when I see my significant numbers used in different little ways around the house, but I also love numbered baskets, or large numbers on a wall in a play room, or a favorite number displayed in a kid’s bedroom. Like letters in decor (you can read my post about that here), they can be used in so many ways and add such charm to a space.
Art is always such a hard thing for me to find. I’m not big on just buying prints at Home Goods or Pier One or the like, so I’m usually looking for real art. And of course, in order to afford real art, I need to buy antique and that is not a hunt that is quick! It’s really a matter of having to wait awhile before the right thing comes along, and in the meantime, living with blank walls.
I have to apologize about not writing very much these last few weeks. Between the holidays and trying to clean out and organize in the New Year, I have gotten a little behind! I haven’t written a Friday Favorites post in awhile, so thought I would start with that today. You may be thinking “Outdoor living? Well, that’s not very seasonally appropriate!” And frankly, you would be right! However, we are contemplating re-doing our backyard and since I would need to get estimates and be ready to go in early spring for it to be ready for this summer, it’s actually the perfect time for me to be looking around at outdoor living spaces.
I recently shared how I’ve been into more of a ‘neutral’ Christmas lately, even swapping out our stockings and leaving some of our brighter ornaments off of the tree this year. Now I want to take that concept a step further and do more of a natural style of wrapping gifts. There are so many beautiful ways to wrap a gift that don’t involve buying wrapping paper at Target or the local Hallmark store! More beautiful, I think. I guess I love the idea of “brown paper packages tied up with string” – both literally and figuratively.
Thank you to everyone who stopped by the first part of my Holiday Home Tour, I really appreciate all of you taking the time to visit! The reason I split my tour into two parts is that the two areas of my house are decorated so differently, they just didn’t seem to belong in the same post.