Friday, January 20, 2012


One of the most fun things about collecting vintage items is how to display them. Re-purposing. Here are a few ways I have come up with to do that.
 I found this galvanized container at the market last year. I filled it with a variety of old bottles and fresh flowers. Since I love to have fresh flowers in the barn, finding different ways to show them off  is always exciting for me. It is so relaxing to snip the bottoms and arrange the different colors and shapes of petals.
 I love old cookie cutters. I also think they are pretty to look at when displayed together. So I used a very tall glass container for just that.
 Don't even get me started on tarnished containers:) You know my weakness for them;) When I buy them I usually give them a quick polish and then let them change over to being tarnished. These hold my old utensils. Just love them:)
 Who doesn't enjoy finding architectural pieces? One holds Rosary beads, one holds antique glasses and the other two hold small vintage books.
 I've shown you this before but it's worth another look. An old chicken feeder holds my Sea Onion plants. The way the bright curly tendrils climb up the side of the old crib makes me smile every time I walk by. 
 I keep my favorite vintage photos in a very large ironstone bowl. It is fun to sit on the sofa and go through them imagining what the lives in the photos were like.
 I stuffed this handled basket full of lovely pink and green silk flowers.
And last but not least, an antique bowl filled with mercury glass hearts. I fell in love with this small bowl with all of its crazing.

So, did you get any ideas? How do you display your finds differently?
I love sharing and being inspired by all of you.

One more thing. Thank you for all who commented yesterday about my kitchen. I tried to connect with you to thank you personally but there was a problem with blogger. So, Thank you!!!! I really appreciate when you stop by to browse and to those of you who leave comments:)

'Till next time......................
~Debra XXX


  1. I love to have all my collections out so I can see them too! We are two of a kind...Thanks for sharing yours! :)

  2. Did you say mercury glass hearts....Oh My!!!
    I love all of your special vingettes.


  3. You are fabulously resourceful <3

  4. This gave me numerous ideas! Love every single photo!

  5. I love how you display things and this post gave me some fresh ideas! I love the cookie that a camel on top??!!


  6. OMG!!! I love that chicken feeder Debra!!! You find the best stuff ever!
    I hope you are staying warm and dry.
    hugs from me...

  7. Beautiful Beautiful as always!!!

    Debra! How are you?? Must have another play date soon! :)
    I'm slowly purging back into real life post holidays.

    xox THinkin' aboutcha!

    xo P

  8. You do have a way with displays Debra!
    Planning on fluffing around my nest today before the big game!

  9. You are so good at displaying your items. Just beautiful.

  10. Great ideas! and WOOT! saw your kitchen in the header. It really makes the header with that pop of color.
    Have a great week :D

  11. OK...I'm off to dig my things out of the cabinets and display...what inspiration you've shared.
    And I just finished reading about Iris Apfel (after I posted about her)...more inspiration. Seems life is way too short to BE and DO all I want.
    Blessings ;-)