I find an insane amount of inspiration from paging through the Pottery Barn catalog. I also have a strange fascination with looking into others’ homes as I drive by. (Hey, don’t judge … I know I’m not the only one!) At the end of the day, it comes down to the uniqueness of it all. Regardless, I’ve determined that decorating one’s home and making it your own is a never-ending process. You either get sick of what you have or you never had it from the start.
Well, there’s a lot I’ve never had … even after living in our new home for coming up on THREE years (crazy how time flies). I’ve had my challenges — a major one being defining the style and tone of the house that we (my husband & I) want to portray. When discussing the build of our home with others, we often say we put “country” and “contemporary” in a can, shook it up and poured it out to achieve our current look. Even so, we still both have different opinions on the accents we add. Fortunately, I’ve found success in combining the old, antiquish (if that’s not a word, I’m making it one) with modern touches. It’s worked for us, but in moderation of course. Balance is key. No matter what my excuse — spousal style differences, time, the expense, uncertainty, wanting to do it right the first time, etc., I’m super excited about one of my recent additions.
While this scale filled with green, earthy goodness isn’t utilized for its orginal purpose any more, the look and story behind it all makes it all worth it. (Just a fyi from the very beginning here – I’m obsessed with the color green!) Long story short, this scale has been a part of my husband’s family for decades. Initially, I loved the look of it, but wasn’t sure how to incorporate it into our decor. My husband was persistent and we ended up placing the food scale appropriately near the kitchen. I started out filling it with scented pine cones from the holiday season, but stumbled upon the decorative green vase filler balls that I had stashed away as a happy accident. From that point on, the scale tray has been their permanent residence and I get nothing but complements on it. Maybe next Christmas, I’ll add some festive decor to mix it up.
The lesson here … don’t overlook those little things that you don’t know what to do with – especially if there is some history or a personal story behind it. And don’t be afraid to experiment with the addition of a few random components to make it unique to you. The end result may surprise you as this scale accent did for me.