I think I could take a thousand pictures of decorative items in my home that have been found outdoors, that I made myself or purchased at second-hand or antique stores. The piece of driftwood that sits upon my mantle with a giant whale vertebra at the hearth or the paper flower that is hung above my bed. All unique items that you don’t see in every home. It was hard to decide which items to show you today as I have so many favorites, but alas I have narrowed it down to 20 pictures…haha. Okay, maybe 7.
The first is my driftwood wall. This wall has it all; a painting from the Nanaimo Art Gallery, a sign from a second-hand store and pieces of driftwood found at local beaches. This display will continue to grow and evolve as I add items and I love that!
The next items are in my sons room. One picture is of a large sign I found in someone’s yard and offered to buy on the spot and the other is of a minion wall decal. Little creepy for me, but my son loves it. This sign is large and takes up one wall in his room. Huge impact in a small room.
I found an old hook and pulley at a second-hand store and just knew I could put it to use someplace. And as luck would have it, I won a vintage clothes line from the Salvation Army Thrift Shop Auction and “BAM” there u have it! An outdoor lantern/chandelier holder. The nice thing is you can move your lantern or chandelier up or down depending on your needs. Highly functional and beautiful to boot.
A treasure I brought home from China was a drawer front from an antique dresser. This was the inspiration for a wood bowl that I painted red and distressed, a couple old stools, a Buddha statue from Cambodia and some Chinese shoes with little red straps.
My mother and father-in-law came home from a trip down south where they visited a cotton plantation and they brought back a piece of cotton picked right off the plant. Kids thought it was cool, but mom thought it was super-duper cool. I put the cotton in a shadow box with some nice paper and then grouped it with a hand whittled fork and spoon and a primitive butter spoon.
The last picture I chose was taken in my living room. It is a couple of old steamer trunks stacked so they can be used as a side table, an antique vinegar bottle, a pair of wooden shoe forms and a charcoal nude done by local artist Gerda Hofman.