Thursday, November 18, 2010

Time Worn Elements

Perhaps one of my favorite decorating styles incorporates time worn elements... sepia tones... perfectly adored imperfections... aged fabrics with muted tones, frayed edges and the sumptuous feel of the quality of things that last and are truly timeless.  Tarnished Silver... old Feed or Grain Sack materials, French linens and heavy old Velvets... ornate etched old Mirrors that now have interesting patterns and wear in the looking glass... opulent Gesso frames that still retain their elegance in spite of  the mishaps of time that cause pieces to chip or be missing... Bohemian Chandeliers with Crystal and Glass Beaded excess or Vintage Italian Tole... old Clock Faces... old Down/Feather Pillows with Ticking Fabric covers... damaged pieces that were so beloved there was an attempt at repair, however feeble...Vintage Suitcases... heavy old Cast Iron Garden Art and Urns... bawdy Victorian fringed Lampshades, even if they're in tatters... old Dress Forms...  Antique furniture made of exotic Woods and patinas that only Father Time can create... old Piano Shawls... rusty Metal accents... Vintage Baskets of Wicker and Wire... Antique Persian Rugs... funky old Hats... old Books with the signs of wear that shows they've been well read and loved... and old Sepia tinted photos.   Yes, these types of time worn elements are among some of my very favorite things and the ambiance they create makes me feel comfortable, comforted and make a room look as if it evolved over time and tells a story... of all the lives the pieces have touched over the years... and of a History and perhaps even a legacy...  Dawn... The Bohemian

*All photos taken at "NOT TOO SHABBY" in Phoenix, Arizona* 


  1. What a wonderful place to spend the day! Just a beautiful shop with many lovely items. Thank you for sharing.

  2. Thank you for taking me on this wonderful shopping spree. I really like the mix of treasures they have here. Great place to spend the day.

  3. This is definitely the type of shop I would be visiting on a regular basis! Love finding vintage what-nots to accessorize my own eclectic decor. Thanks for sharing. :-) Visiting from Debra's party.
    ~ Sue

  4. Wow Dawn,
    Wish I lived close because I could pile up a bunch of those treauses into my car! Love your style. Did you ever read Timeless Treasures? Author is Lauren Powell. She got me started on the road to where-ever...LOL but your pictures remind me of her book very much. Love the eccletic look of it all. Lisa


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