The other day, one of my friends suggested that I post about some of the things in my house that are 'unexpected' or displayed in an unexpected way. I think she was trying to be complimentary, however I consider myself a hoarder, so thinking of how to decorate in an unexpected way sounds foreign to me. I don't know what my 'style' is and I surely don't give a lot of thought to how I decorate. What I do is hunt and gather, find things I really like....then simply "find a place to put them."
Once I find a place, I look at it for a while and if I like it, it stays. If I don't, I just look again and find another place. I find it fun to hunt and gather. A lot of time is never spent wondering if it's 'right'.....I live alone, so if I'm happy with it......all is well and good. And, then again, I'm apt to decide to change things around a week later.
These photos are of one wall in the dining room. I actually do have a dining room, but you'd never know from these photos. It's a collection of things I love, found as I hunt and gather. It has to be put somewhere, so here is where I chose to put it, helped along by two wire racks I found at my favorite flea market. I couldn't resist them. So, they came home with me, I cleaned them and discovered the only place they would fit was "this spot" in the dining room. I liked them so much, that I spent a couple of days gathering things from around the house to fill the racks. Then, as I always do, I have to overload them, hang things on the walls, find a chair or two to fill, etc. It was great FUN and I will still place a thing or two there from time to time. These racks are one of the things that will not be moved around...they simply won't 'go' anywhere else.
So, take a look at these photos. I've probably chosen too many, but I did want you to see ALL of this dining room wall. In my mind, it looks just like something I would do. To you, maybe a bit too much and in the wrong place. Not to worry, though. Here's a quote...(I don't know who said it, but it's me all over!):
"I live in my own little world and it's ok. They know me here."
One of my favorite parts of this vast array of 'stuff.'
If you click on these photos, you can actually see what is on each shelf. Some of you may want to do that. Others won't. All is ok.
And, there it all is. (Sorry about the reflection in the glass).
So many stories here on these shelves. No way I can tell them all, so you can just make up your own stories. Or, if you see something you want to know about...kindly ask me in a comment or email.
No end to the inspiration I find here. These things, their stories, and my imagination can lead me to come up with a good many ideas. So many I will never be able to finish them all. Think about this:
"To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk."
I'm fairly creative, so here is another quote I really like:
"Being creative is not a hobby, it is a way of life."
This little trunk is one of my favorite things. I did the inside of the lid myself, several years ago, using old ledger sheets and paper napkins. Inside is a collection of some of my favorite things.
So, there you are. Most folks probably wouldn't put all this in a dining room. Would you?
I would....as is obvious, but I have no one else here to please, so why not?
I'll show you more of the dining room if you'd care to see it.
BIRD NEST COTTAGE
until next time