So, you may or may not know that I work at an antique place called The Antique Barn. I started in the back room, painting and sanding, repairing and fixing furniture. I have taught Annie Sloan Paint Workshops there and I have worked behind the counter in customer service.
But, after having to limit my time on my feet when I developed plantar fasciitis (which is slowly getting better), I settled on my favorite roll at The Antique Barn--store fluffer or merchandiser, if you will.
I am not sure that is my official title, but I go in usually once a week at the beginning of the week after busy weekends and I redecorate and change booths. I add in new merchandise and clean and tidy. And I love it. It is fun to get to play and try out new ideas (I have a very supportive boss who gives me free reign).
Many of the ideas and things I do at the antique store can be translated into our homes:
1.) Pair the unexpected. I love putting an old skull or antlers with a fine English antique.
Think opposites--rustic with finer, fancier items. Lace and rusty metal,
Silver with chippy paint primitives.
items does not have to mean building and a major undertaking. I needed a taller side table to put next to a bench. We didn't have anything available that quite fit the bill, so I placed a single drawer on top of a barrel. It works--it gives the height I needed and a place to set things. Look at your things in a new way. We bloggers love to show you projects with all kinds of steps ;), but sometimes the answer is a simple fix.
A tractor steering wheel becomes a makeshift centerpiece when jars and objects of interest are added. Try to look at your things with fresh eyes. What can you use in a new way?
Try new color combinations. Our color combos at the Antique Barn usually come out of necessity because items need a place and may not always be an exact fit. These turquoise shutters on a bright green wall with a blue wall hanging, yellow window frame mirror, and red accents make me smile every time I see it.
Don't worry about what "goes together". Use unusual color choices like this red, turquoise and PINK booth.
We have a lot of crates and benches at the Barn and they are workhorses. I forgot bench pictures, but use them as coffee tables, stacked as shelves, on a table to add height. Crates can be used the same--as small side tables, shelf units, or to add height as I did on the smaller cabinet.
Crates are also a great way to showcase something that you want to highlight in your decor.
I hang chairs, books, doors and window frames on the wall. Old light fixture bases and house numbers
or a variety of old hangers look like art when hung on a wall. Plate hangers work on many items to secure them to the wall. Again--look for the unexpected item to hang on the wall, something that is unique and fun.
When you are out and about, look in your favorite stores for decorating ideas that you can utilize in your own home. Keep your eyes open for junk and other pieces that many would would pass by. Most importantly, PLAY--there are no right or wrong rules. If it makes you smile and makes you happy it is RIGHT!
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