But then I run across an inspiration like this (at the local coffee house) and I suddenly want to search for an aqua phone and an old fan.
Isn't that the cutest display eva? When I retire from motherhood (ha!) I think I'll open a coffee shop and create cute little montages like this.
There is a delicate balance between using antiques with discernment and having antiques that scream J.U.N.K! It is important to find things that share a common ground. In the photo above, it is the light aqua color and school day charm.
I've started a collection of enamel pots above my kitchen cabinets. Don't get grossed out, but the pot with the red handle is the pee pot my husband's father used growing up. Yes, it's been washed. I think it's pretty cool. The others have been yard sale and antique store finds.
Speaking of my father-in-law... he found a ladder back chair for me. When I turned it around, I found this gem on the back:
"State College Property 1935" Oh the learning that occurred in that chair!
I love that some antiques have a story that speaks for itself. I recently ran across a quilt that had been lovingly made by a group of women. They each stitched their signature on the squares they had quilted. Oh the conversations that occurred at that quilting bee! Totally regretting not purchasing the quilt, by the way.
The best thing about antiquing is finding something that you know you can use with something you already have. Old and new. It's a beautiful combination.
Check out this idea, again, from the coffee shop: