As you probably know by now, I like to collect old things. I don’t pay much for them or if I can find a good curbside find, like my coffee table here, then I don’t pay anything!! (those are the best old things!) Because my house is small (you can read about that here), I don’t have a ton of storage, so, I try to display much of what I have in little vignettes around my house.
By displaying a lot of my fun, new and old pieces, I found that it sparks conversation when I have guests over.
This end table is one that I found at Restore for a little bit of nothing, and refinished it. You can see that entire transformation HERE. But the vignette on top is one of my favorites.
The sign with the “G” was given to my by a friend several years ago. The lantern was another Restore find, and the little container with the flower on it is actually made of salt, and was brought back from Bolivia from a friend who recently traveled there. The jar with the stones, is a piece that I LOVE. Have you ever read Joshua 4? If you haven’t, or don’t remember it, be sure to read it…then you’ll understand why I have a jar of stones on my side table.
This is the table on the other side of the love seat. Grouping items together adds color, dimension, and sparks interest.
This little vignette is in my living room window. I love to collect old Raggedy Anne dolls and lanterns…you’ll see the theme throughout my displays. The jar is filled with sand from one of our beach vacations. We couldn’t stay at the beach, so we brought a little piece of it home with us to remind us of the memories we made.
Something as simple as adding a book under a planter adds height and color, making a potted plant extra special.
This vignette sits on top of our school bookshelf. The little chalkboard is an old slate I found at a garage sale for $1. The word “purpose” is reminding me many times each day not to waste my time or my kid’s time on menial tasks but to do things with purpose. Once again, I’m using books to add height and color to this display. If you don’t have any old books, but want the look of old, cover any book in a piece of burlap or brown paper.
This old drawer, which I found for $1 at a garage sale, is sitting on my kitchen island. I’ve filled it with an old sifter, grater, and once again, a lantern, Raggedy Anne dolls and an old book. Adding a plant to this vignette gives it life. I’ve put my memory jar here too… this way, I will see it often and remember to add memories to it every day. If you don’t know about my memory jar and our family tradition, you can read about it here.
So, those are a few of the vignettes I have around my house. What do you do around your house to add pops of color, dimension, height, and to spark conversation when guests come around?
I wish I had your artistic eye, but thanks for the tips!