I'm an easy breezy person and because of that I love having on hand decor to make any kind of decorating easier. Who isn't all about that?
The most popular staple decor piece in my shop is the antique spool. This is definitely a best seller because of the way that I use it in my decorating and it resinates with my customers. This brings me to the history feel of having staple pieces. Thinking about the past life of an item in my home is special. Isn't it cool to think about the person who had this before and how they used it? I like to use it for the purpose of the antique, or in this case of this antique spool riser I like to repurpose from its original purpose and use it to better my decorating. This spool often sells out so if you're looking to add this staple decor pieces to you decorating jump on it! it's smart to get more than one not only for your decorating but it saves you on shipping fitting more in the box for the weight. In case you're new to Crafty Home I refund shipping overages if there are any so feel free to take advantage of the space in the box. I love offering an array of decor for your home so that you can have staple pieces on hand to make your decorating easier.
This book had to go home with me because I loved the local history of this book. I found it out in Lancaster, PA, at an antique shop and I think this is the kind of history I love. I love when they mark a page or write notes inside. It's so cute--I just love it.
History can mean so much from person to person. I absolutely love stumbling on old brochures of places I've been to OR places I want to go. Here's two that I found in Waco, TX. This is Rock City in Chattanooga, TN that I visited in 2013 and Luray Caverns in VA I saw that same year. They are so cool and bring me back to those trips. I believe that history could be old or the history that you're making right now to think of later.
This spool is a great transition into my explanation of risers. What are risers? They are pieces of decor raise decor so that you can layer decor. Think of candle sticks, books, pieces of wood, cupcake stands, and everyone's favorite at Crafty Home: the antique spool. I came up with using this spool as a riser because of the wood tones and perfect, perfect height. Sometimes it hard to find the right riser. Don't be afraid to use a riser in a creative way. I use my wooden candle sticks to hold up books and more. The fun part about decorating is there are no rules. You don't have to use the decor item for the single purpose it has.
I can't stress enough how much easier it will be for you in your decorating if you have risers of any kind. You can mix and match types too.
Another idea for you to have on hand are family heirlooms and antiques. I've always loved to decorate with both of these kinds of pieces. I loved gathered and picked decor. Having special pieces for you to use at anytime in your decorating will make your home meaningful, special, and unique. I like to be different; I like to have unique decor to my home. I always say that my decor is what speaks to my soul and I do what makes me happy. If it happens to be "trendy" that's fine or if it happens to be off the beaten path--that's fine too. I do what I want--in terms of creative freedom--and what makes me and my family happy. I do what I want in the sense of not letting other people tell me what I should have in my home--which is why I love sharing ways that you can do what you want in your own home in your own way! You do YOU and never feel like you have to do something that doesn't speak to your soul. Let your decorating soul SING in your decorating and you'll feel complete and wholesome when you do.
This mason jar pictured blow has a special story. I was at my first craft fair and Alex's parents--Peg & Dave came to visit me and the people next to me had a lot of mason jars that were vintage. He wanted to buy them for me which was so special and sweet at the time and I always knew they were special because he picked them out for me and wanted me to have them. I loved them too and Dave was always head of his time with the farmhouse trend so I love them even more now. We lost him on Thanksgiving 2018 suddenly--his favorite holiday. He was such a special person in my life that along with everyone else effected by the loss, it hurt me really bad too. These jars are always going to be a treasure to me and a sweet memory I can think of.
Now...here's another special part. My dad was clearing out his stuff and found some old stamps that he had and asked if I wanted them. They fit my vibe so I said yes. Always say yes to simple gifts like these. They fit right inside the jar from Alex's dad Dave so now we have something special together from both of our dad's and I couldn't think of anything better to have in my home. This is the kind of heirloom that doesn't need to cost a lot of money, but the memories and special moments are those that can bring you back to a happy time. This is a MUST-HAVE in my home.
I absolutely love home--I'm a homebody. However, I love travel and I always go for a few things while I'm there. First, I look for antique shops. Next, small shops to explore in the area. Lastly, I want to check out the local artists. I love supporting locals home and in travel so I really enjoying finding anything and everything.
When I went to Waco with my Aunt and Mom for some girl time. We went all over the place. Yes, I have a post that goes into detail, but I wanted to share this post card I found that I local artist did. I wanted to support her and her work and I just love this little set up on my shelf in my room. I framed the post card and put it in a little metal drawer that I found--and is my FAVORITE! I love this layering going on here.
Here's a check list of staple decor pieces all together:
- Faux Greenery- my favorites are lambs ear, boxwood, eucalyptus, and cedar.
- Pieces of History- AKA Antiques / Family Heirlooms
- New Decor/ Old Decor
- Odds & Ends from Vacation--Small Shops/Local Artists
I will add to our decor list as time goes on and I come across more pieces I think would make decorating easier! This is just the beginning and is open-ended.
Hey all! I thought that I would update this list to include some more of my favorite things.
I absolutely love terra-cotta pots in my decorating. I really love seasonal decor but in some spaces and spots in my home I love having general decor to style all year long. In spring, summer, and fall I especially love using terra-cotta pots for the color, texture, size, and warmth. Functionally, I already have a lot of these since one hobby of mine is gardening. When it comes to getting a little more detail specific I love these scalloped pots because they add more interest than the plan ones and I think it gives it more of a feminine feel with the softer edges.
I'm adding candles on to this list because they are so special to me. It's kind of funny that Alex and I both love candles. We would always have one burning in our college apartment. My grandma also made candles back in the 70's. I use her vintage candle making supplies to make my own candles now to celebrate her. She was someone I would always look to for decorating. My mom, my aunt, and cousin, and I all love decorating and I owe it to my grandma for that.