Displaying Unusual Objects in Your Home

Ever since we moved in together, my boyfriend has been trying to convince me that his ice axe should be displayed on a wall in our apartment. My first reaction was — not a chance. However, I've slowly broken down to his pleas, and here's why…So much of what we see in the world of interiors fits into a mold, and frankly it can get a bit boring at times. While I'm not promoting displaying random stuff just because it looks cool, I think that embracing your inner quirkiness might not be such a bad idea.

The image of the skull above is from Amanda and Lincoln's house tour. Their daughters got a kick out of this miniature skull and so they decided to make a home for it in their living room, allowing the girls to fawn over it whenever they wanted. It appears totally random and funky but happens to be the perfect fit for this family.

The recent New York Times article on propping opened a great discussion on what we should be displaying in our homes. One of our readers summed up her opinion well with this comment:

Too often, the majority of the accessories and "props" are simply there to fill up a space or to go with the theme (ugh) of the room. It is much more pleasing to see a room that is accessorized by things you've collected yourself and that really does reflect the people that actually live in the space. -Jamie02

In terms of the ice axe, I came around to the idea when I realized how much it means to him. The axe is pretty much his other love — it's saved his life on multiple occasions and is affectionately referred to as Little Bear. I can't say no to that.

What sort of funky finds do you have out in your home?

(Image: Amanda and Lincoln's Eclectic Modern Home | Kathryn Wiens)

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