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.
Trends in home design come and go, and sometimes come again! Brass seems to be one of those things. I remember when we first moved into our house and there were several brass light fixtures and they looked so “80’s”, and so, of course, they had to go! Door handles in the last decade looked better if they were chrome or oil-rubbed bronze, not dated brass. Oh, how things have changed! Brass is back and bigger than ever! That’s the thing about trends. I know some people complain about them, and I agree, sometimes it can feel like we are always playing catch up. But I have to say that often when they re-appear, they do feel fresh! When something has been “out” for awhile, it feels new again when it comes back. Lately I have been seeing a ton of brass and/or gold in hardware and lighting and I’m loving it. It often adds much needed warmth to a room, especially if the rest of the room is all neutrals or cool tones.
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.
There are so many things to love about Christmas – from the music, to the lights, to the tree, but I must say, one of my biggest loves, is wreaths. They are such a welcoming sight hanging on a door; there is nothing that sends quite the same message. I love that they are old-fashioned, yet modern at the same time. There are lots of wreaths to love, but the simpler the better for me. If they are adorned with a simple ribbon or a few natural elements, that is beautiful; I just don’t like too much to distract from their simple beauty.
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.