Are you curious what this title means? What is smart decor? I am going to talk to you about smart decor shopping, and hunting. What are the pieces of decor that you can find that will stand the test of time? Is there something you have and use, that has been in your arsenal for years and years? I have a few pieces just like that, some are old and some would be considered new. For instance about twenty-five years ago I purchased my first Cloche (long o silent e) or bell jar, from the Spiegel catalog. YIKES Who remembers catalog shopping? Anyway I would consider this a new item because I bought it new. It is still in heavy use around here, and I have since purchased many more new ones, and a couple Vintage ones as well. They are clear glass, and will never go out of style. They were actually once used to pop over a seedling or young plant in your garden, to keep the early morning frost off a delicate plant. Today however the uses are endless, and they work no matter what style I might morph into. These are the type items I am talking about. They are smart decor because you only need to buy them once and use them for many years to comes, and in many ways. I have spent years finding new things to tuck inside, from a real plant to rolled up sheet music. They also work well to cover a charcuterie board filled with meats and cheeses or a pie. Put flameless candles or battery operated fairy lights underneath them to add a warm glow to your space. Truthfully, a table full with nothing underneath is so beautiful on its own. The uses are endless and so they are smart decor. This is just one example, you might find something else you are drawn to.
Another way to look at smart decor is to consider that everyday items you have in your house, behind cupboard doors, and maybe even in your garage. You simply need to look at them in a different way. For instance bowls that could be used as a centerpiece, trays to corral small objects-so they don’t appear to be clutter, or Ball jars to store food in, just to name a few. What about in your garage, basement or shed, these places can be a treasure trove. Lets consider an old rusty metal bucket, it might look like it needs to go to the curb. Can I suggest a light coat of pastel pink chalk paint, not even covering all of the rust, and then fill a ball jar with fresh or faux flowers, set down inside that bucket, and you will have the most beautiful flower arrangement. #shabbychic There are so many things, in that garage, old oil cans, vintage tools, wood crates and boxes, old spindles. You get the picture, you can bring those items into your home and use them as decor. What about repurposing and old Wrought Iron gate or piece of fencing as a focal point on your mantle, or as a trellis in your front yard for a pretty plant to climb.
I use this Vintage Scale, to hold a big crock full of fruits and veggies, and I have even turned the top ledge into a mini shelf to display cute, measuring spoons and cups.
You simply need to train your eye, to recognize the treasures right in front of you. And if you are shopping for something new, think wood, glass, ceramic, pottery, iron, galvanized steel and all things in a neutral color. Additionally, I find focusing on items that are useful like, bowls, vases, platters, trays, and so on , are great for using in multiple ways, which make them Smart Decor.
Anyway……I hope this was helpful advice, I have followed this mindset for many years. Not that I never purchase a statue or cute Nutcracker, but for the most part I try to keep the biggest collection of items I use to be simple, useful, everyday items. I call myself a vessel girl, because anything I can put something else in, and use in more than one way is valuable to me.
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