Friday, February 21, 2014

Lisa and Nikki's Friday Finds!

Snowflake pattern seen with the naked eye!

Hi Friends:

What has inspired and delighted us this week? Here they are - the one-of-a-kind finds and winter sights we loved!
Persian rug pillows! We spotted these at an antiques show and were charmed. Love the texture, patterns and muted colors! 
Isn't the patina on these antique turned wood candle holders just lovely!
We couldn't pass up this 1905 Cyclopedia of Law and Procedure set; the leather bound books have such great character! Why not stack a couple in an office or family room for that comfortable, lived in feel.

The snowpack in our neck of the woods is considerable so we spent a day embracing the winter conditions and went snowshoeing. The vistas were amazing! Can you sense the peaceful hush?
Have a great weekend!

Monday, February 17, 2014

Tole Tray Display!

Walls. We all have at least four of 'em. We can paint them and wallpaper them but sometimes they just need a touch of something extra -something that will provide depth and charm, visual interest and intrigue. 

I love displaying collections on my walls - from silver tray arrangements (click here to see my post "Silver Tray Array") to a grouping of mismatched plates to a gallery wall that displays a myriad of pictures and memorabilia. Displaying our collections is a great way to express who we are.

So here's a new idea to spruce up the space between your four corners - a collection of tole trays displayed as wall art!  

It's so fun scouring markets and antique shows for tole trays. Traditional trays were made from thin metal (typically tin) covered in a black coating (originally a mixture of asphalt and shellac) to keep the trays from rusting. Today, you can still find these beauties in a variety of colors, shapes and sizes.

What makes these trays so spectacular, however, are the colorful designs they feature. Most designs were influenced by folk art and depict floral displays or fruit arrangements in perfect pastels, muted hues and everything in between. Some people collect only fruit designs while others collect only trays with pastel coloring. But most people, however, collect the trays that speak to their heart. 

So have fun scouring, then put your trays on display for all to enjoy. 

Happy collecting!

Friday, February 7, 2014

Lisa and Nikki's Friday Finds!

Happy Friday Friends:

What has inspired and delighted us this week? Here they are - the sights, sounds, tastes and one-of-a-kinds we loved!

We have a crush on this vintage hat rack! It's sturdy enough to hold heavy winter gear, back packs and more!
Vintage leather chairs - yes please! And we'll take an afghan, cup of tea and a good book, too! These were spotted at Jayson Home, one of our favorite stops for unique finds.
When we found this large hammered metal bucket we were sure it was copper. Not so! A little polishing has revealed that it is brass. We love the leaf and vine details in the handles! Wouldn't it make a great container for a large plant or filled with fire wood? 
 About the only thing thriving in our neck of the woods is Tillandsia (air plants). We love this vessel designed especially for these botanic wonders. 
Ginger Molasses Cookies - perfect with a hot cup of coffee or tea. Click the link for Georgia's tutorial on making these spicy, chewy treats!
Valentine's Day is next Friday. With that in mind, we wanted to share the late Eva Cassidy's "Songbird" with you. It is a beautifully sung love song from an immensely talented vocalist and guitarist known for her interpretations of the classics.