Last weekend, R fashioned a beautiful, rustic table out of reclaimed decking redwood. He intended it for his room but it looked so good that I convinced him that it would look perfect in the living room. I have always wanted a table that I could have a rotating display on- a broad console table-like surface on which I could keep favorite prints and photographs, books, a candle or two. The scarred table and old brick also provided a striking contrast to the otherwise smooth edges of my (suburban) living room. This has become my decorating mantra: mix it up. The old with the new. The glossy and the rough. And use the rooms in your home to tell your story. I had so much fun styling this!
I covered part of it with a vintage red, embroidered tapestry, placed my beloved ikat journal on it and then leaned our favorite pictures...
I wanted it to have a global feel, so in addition to the tapestry from India, I added a papyrus painting from Egypt that had R and my names on it- a 1st wedding anniversary present from my Dad, photographs from our travels and some that I had bought on Etsy, a handmade Christmas ornament that escaped being put away, an old silver tray.. you know, the kind of precious things that every family treasures.
The pictures are unified by their dark frames but I arranged them in a way that I find pleasing- randomly! The end result had that vintage charm that I love. It also brings a certain real world edge to my living room. The light was poor when I took this last picture but I included it anyway to give you an idea of how the entire space looks. What do you think?
All photographs are taken by me.