My love for antiques started back in college. I have no idea how it happened. I have always loved decorating. I think my inspiration for home décor started when I was young and played The Sims every night. Every. Single. Night. I didn’t care about ‘playing’ the game necessarily. All I wanted to do was build houses and decorate them.
I also had a love for junk (or treasures) that I could buy for little money and turn into something beautiful for my room or my home.
I would often buy something at an antique mall and my parents would say, “What are you going to do with that!?”
Well, honestly, sometimes I didn’t know. I just had a feeling I could create something great.
Today, I am still ‘antiquing’. And folks, my husband, my parents and other family members are joining in the fun.
When you come into our home, it’s full of pieces from the past. Many of them have great stories behind how I found them or where I think they came from. And some of them were passed down to us from our grandparents. We are so thankful for the opportunity to keep some of these old and meaningful things in our family.
Most recently I found this cheese box. Talk about a treasure! Each box says something different. It’s old. It’s falling apart in some places. And it’s awesome.
This beauty is a steamer trunk. Just imagine all of the places this could have traveled! It once was holding our TV or being used as a coffee table, but now it's awaiting a new home (once our renovations are complete). Glorious life it is now living.
I also love to find simple things like old books. They add so much character to our home. And for an added bonus, sometimes there is writing inside from a long, long time ago. History is fascinating sometimes!
And that cute lamp. The lamp was beautifully displayed at Bryn’s grandma’s home. We love having it in our dining room, it’s such a wonderful reminder of the amazing woman she was.
Do you know what this lovely thing is? That’s right, it’s a chicken crate. When you first think about it, it sounds disgusting. I promise you I cleaned it. I also stained it, and put a finish on it. So it’s safe. I hope. This piece has been in many locations in our home, but it currently is being used as decoration. And holding quilts.
Oh and by the way, that picture is filled with tons of other antique finds. Can you guess them all?
(Don't mind the fact that we still don't have trim on our walls. I promise, we are making progress in this renovation.)
I once saw a picture on Instagram of a ton of flour sifters. At that moment I knew I had to find one, but never thought I would. The next time I was at the antique mall I FOUND ONE! It’s so adorable in our extra bedroom. I hope to find more someday.
This is by far my favorite. Isn’t this just the most beautiful teapot you’ve ever seen? Bryn’s grandma used this all the time and it’s still in perfect condition. I love it.
Oh and that scale. Yep, I love that too. I found it a while ago, and the rust is what sold me.
Where do you travel to find good antiques? I’m looking for new places. Anywhere in the USA. You never know when we might be on a road trip and looking to shop for antiques!
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