In Part 1 I wrote about a few of my favorite things when it comes to decorating & design including: reclaimed wood, subway tile & glass coffee mugs. The list continues today with a few more of my favorite things…
There is just no better way to brighten up a room than with fresh flowers. The options are endless…they can come from your favorite flower shop, farmers market, grocery store or in your own backyard. As much as I would like to, I do not always have fresh flowers in my house due to the cost, but I consider it a treat when I do. Houseplants are another great option for providing some color, freshness and texture without having to worry about cut flowers that inevitably wilt and die.
Word of caution: please always be conscientious if you decide to pick your own fresh flowers & avoid protected areas/species/your neighbor’s garden.
Edison style light bulbs (with clear class and exposed filament) seem to be increasing in popularity at a steady pace. I love the fact that something as simple as a light bulb can have so much character and warmth. Depending on the size required, Edison bulbs could be a quick and easy update to your existing lighting fixtures. There are even a multitude of light fixtures that are designed specifically to showcase these little treasures.
Some may call it a mild obsession, I consider it a fascination…I have several mercury glass pieces in my home and I am always drawn to the displays any home décor stores. I love the way that the light of a candle can dance right through it. Mercury glass is versatile enough to be incorporated into both vintage and modern design styles. The photo above shows what I would consider to be the classic mercury glass with a silver tone, but it can be found in a variety of colors such as gold, red and more. There is just something so whimsical and timeless about mercury glass that I don’t think I will ever grow tired of.
Black & White
I truly do appreciate the beautiful light and colors that photographers and painters can capture, and I do not want to discount that it any way. But for me, I usually prefer black & white photos and paintings. This applies to everything from family photos to nature paintings for me. If you have two of the exact same photo side by side (one in color and one in B&W) and I am given the choice, I will almost always pick the black & white. Maybe this is because I like the aspect that black & white can add to décor without distracting from it, or maybe it is just a weird quirk of mine. Either way, I think black and white photographs and paintings can be easily incorporated into any décor.
What are some of your favorite things?