Bowls, Bowls, Bowls (and more) from a thrift store
Thrift Stores are similar to a treasure chest.
You have to go through a lot of junk to find something that you love, a treasure to you.
It might not be a treasure to the person beside you, but it is to you!
My friend has a very eclectic, artsy style. She told me that she collected bowls which at first I didn’t think twice about it until she pulled out the first “stack” of bowls! Hmmmm, she had them on a book shelf and they certainly added life, with all kinds of colors and textures that caught your eye. When she set them on the counter I was able to examine the incredible detail in each handmade bowl.
Some of them from a thrift store and many of them were amazing handmade bowls from The John Cooper School Empty Bowls Project, (Feb 22, 2014) support a great cause, eat some great food and get a beautiful handmade bowl! All proceeds will benefit The Interfaith Food Pantry.
Thrift store bowls and handmade John Cooper Empty Bowls Project
All stacked together they create a piece of art. Bowls are certainly a treasure for her!
More bowls stacked on her coffee table books that she has found in thrift stores
more bowls ….
These are actually ash trays but they go along with the bowl theme.
Bowls and coffee table books from thrift stores
What I loved the most about her style, is that she used things that she loved and spoke to her, not just for the sake of the most current trend or color. Weaving in the things she loved and they meant something to her. She certainly has the gift of bringing life to ordinary objects!
This was full of items that are memorable, art from kids, grandpas childhood toy, travels and then knick knacks found at thrift stores.
This bowl showcased things that she loved. There is a World War II airplane that belonged to her father-in-law, a pieced of “art” her son had made and then she has collected things from thrift stores that she found odd and quirky from thrift stores, things that made her smile.
A handmade plate and knick knacks from a thrift store , surround a piece of her son’s art
This painting, found in a thrift store, graces her front door entry.
I left feeling inspired to incorporate the things that make me smile and have special meaning to me. I already have saved one small special toy that belonged to each child, a Star Wars Lego guy my son gave me for Mothers day when he was 3, the odd clay art the kids would bring home and you have to guess what it is, that glass animal my grandma gave me that I can’t bear to throw away, trinkets from our travels around the world and of course shopping at thrift stores I find little things that I don’t know what to do with so I leave them. Now I know what to do when I come across something that is funky, pink or sparkly.
Here is a peak at my friends other collections:
Vintage Handbag Collection to Showcase your Personal Style!
A Jewelry Lovers Dream … Found in Thrift Stores
Here are a few tips on using things that you love with your decorating:
Showcase What You Love
1. Look at your furniture. With a pad in hand, walk from room to room and make two truthful lists: “Love It” and “Wish I Could Replace It.” Catalog everything you can, including art―and be honest. “It’s all based on how things make you feel,” says McCarthy.
2. Gather items you cherish. Check the top of your dresser, your mantel, your bookshelves, then pull special clothes from your closet. “Focus on the items that make you feel beautiful and joyful,” says McCarthy.
3. Think about places you love and why you love them. “Picture your dream home, if you could live anywhere,” says McCarthy. Then think outside of home: “If you were invited to the Oscars, what would you wear?” This moves you beyond the limitations of your lifestyle and budget and into a new realm of creativity.
4. Look for common threads―design, colors, shapes, materials, vibe―among the things you treasure. See which of the styles pictured here your picks most jibe with. You may find yourself attracted to a blend of styles rather than just one; as you delve into the following rooms, note which features appeal to you. This will help you translate your taste into smart decorating choices.