I love letters in decorating. They are so personal and unique. Not only do they add some personality to the room, they also add dimension and irreverence. A room with some kind of metal or wood letter, whether it be old or new, seems to say “Relax… take a load off.” It doesn’t take itself too seriously. I personally like vintage ones more than the new, but they are actually pretty difficult to find. However, there are a lot of reproduction letters out there that do a great job of giving the look of vintage, without all the hunting!
This Friday I am sharing my love of vintage watches! I have loved these forever. I think I will always love them. It all began when I stole my dad’s old one when I was in college. He had a Longines from the ’50s that he hadn’t worn in years. Since then I have purchased a few more and a couple for my husband as well (which I’ve also been known to steal from time to time!) I love their lines, their faces and the fact that they are not on every other person you see. Some are particularly beautiful, for instance I love old Rolexes and Cartiers (though I have yet to buy either of those!) And yes, some brands are super pricey, but you can still get several brands (Elgin and Longines are two that come to mind) for a decent price at antique stores, flea markets and even on Ebay. Previously, I only gravitated to the men’s (I love the oversize look, and the women’s vintage watches are just too tiny for me). However, I’ve now seen a few of the dressier, slightly larger womens and they are just stunning.
Vintage jewelry is so beautiful and something I have always loved. And though I have a fair amount of vintage chains, some lockets and old watch fobs, only recently did I discover the beauty of Chanel vintage jewelry, in particular. After seeing some in an antique jewelry store in Santa Barbara a couple of years ago, I have been oohing and aahing over photos of my Chanel love on Pinterest ever since. Though I look at both necklaces and bracelets, it is the bracelets that have really captured my heart.
Those of you who know me know I love antiquing. And one of the things I’ve been really wanting for awhile now is a vintage olive bucket. If you’re not familiar with them, they are old metal buckets primarily that were used for gathering olives during the harvest, primarily in Italy and France.