What is it about the past that makes us feel at home? Do things with a history provide us with a sense of place? As we’re prepping for our new house, I keep finding myself going back to an article I read in Southern Living a few months ago. It was written by the former editor about redesigning his home. “Take care to put an antique in every room of your home,” he says. Granted, I’m sure he had access to a wealth of antique finds with his job title. His antiques ranged from a gorgeous round French marble-topped gueridon table (see below) to mirrors and small gilded accents.
Lord knows what that costs.
Adam and I both love things with character – and oftentimes those things are old. Some of my favorite old things that I look forward to incorporating into our home:
- Antique maps of Yellowstone and the Grand Canyon – National Parks that are near and dear to our hearts.
- An old furniture cart that we’ve re-purposed as a coffee table.
- A gorgeous vase from Adam’s grandparents’ house that goes with most any color.
- Two gorgeous blue lamps that my mom and I found in an Asheboro store earlier this year – just need to find the right shades to set them off!
- An antique window that a friend repainted and distressed – it displayed photos at our wedding and hung in our bedroom at the condo!
- A bar cart that my parents found in a dumpster at the beach – yes, a dumpster. This is going to be a project for a future post…
- A church bench that my parents purchased from the church after a remodel – we’re going to use this in our breakfast area, but it definitely needs a little paint, sanding and a cushion. Another project for a fun future post!
A few things that I’d love to (eventually) find:
Pretty plates to hang on an entryway wall or in a bedroom:
Some sort of brass piece – love these little giraffes!
I’m sure there are other cool things out there – I’m just not the best antiquer. We’ve got a lot of awesome stuff already that we can incorporate, and I’m excited to bring our character to our new place! :) Chalk paint and YouTube tutorials, here I come…