Starting a vintage collection, of any kind, can be a little difficult. Questions like “How do I integrate this?” or “Where do I put it?” often arise. When I’ve found something that is new, outside of my norm/decor, or just a one-off, I find that I always start it on a bookcase! Integrated into my comfort zone, these new vintage finds live next to my books – old and new – which are always accepting!
I actually re-wired this vintage telephone when I had a land-line; however, now it’s just decor.
Another set of bookshelves holds all of our DVDs and games, but also has one of my favorite displays: my husband’s mother’s vintage Lladro (straight from Spain!), which is grouped with some vintage books about Scotland (hubby’s heritage), a bottle of Perrier-Jouet, a collection of Rudyard Kipling’s stories (printed in the 1920s, when swastikas were a symbol of peace, not Nazi-ism), and other decroative vintage books.
These collections will likely stay on the bookshelves, as I’m not sure if I want to go further with them – I like them as one-offs! However, the candlesticks that I’ve shown in previous posts once started as a bookshelf anomaly, and they’ve made it out to a life on their own!
And, once I had an idea of ways I could display coral (I played around with that piece in the canister for a LONG time), I decided to more predominantly display a piece, along with antique mother-of-pearl opera glasses and other items, atop a silver platter on my dining room table.