Decorating and Display Ideas from Restoration Home

Decorating and Display Ideas from Restoration Home

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Janel Laban
May 2, 2008

The book, Restoration Home, is about decorating with found treasures, recycled objects and mementos from traveling. These types of items can give a room texture, heart and a sense of history, especially when displayed well. Here are some tips on how to incorporate them into your home from the authors:

By Color: "An odd mixture of objects, from delicate pottery to chipped and chunky print blocks to an old cycle helmet, can work wonders together if they are grouped according to color."

By Texture: "The same goes for objects made of similar materials – scraps of driftwood mixed with balls of string and wooden beads make an eye-catching and harmonious display. Rusty-round-the-edges shop signs or ex-marketing display items such as an extra-large shoe last, huge pencil or child-sized spoon and fork give a display an extra twist."

In Groups: "Treasures picked up while travelling in foreign climes, such as ethnic-looking pottery, woven hats, pebbles or shells look great displayed in small gangs, maybe with a group for each holiday if you have the space. If travel is your thing, a mixed-up arrangement of old globes perched on a shelf can help you decide on your next destination. Old maps no longer showing the right routes or long-sent postcards look good patchworked over the door of an ugly fridge, or you could paper an entire wall with them."

In Containers: "Think about what you display your objects in or on. Smaller things, maybe abandoned strips of pearly buttons, tape measures or old needles still in their packets rescued from a closed-down haberdashery, look good housed in old glass jars lined up along a shelf. Give cheap and cheerful objects an elevated museum-like feel by placing them in old glass-fronted medical cabinets, second-hand fish tanks or large glass vases. In this way they become reminiscent of artworks by the American artist Joseph Cornell – whose odd-collaged objects trapped in wooden boxes tell strange tales."

Hung up: "Another way to display your favourite things is to hang them. Use strategically placed hooks looped with fishermen's thread or skinny stainless-steel wire. A lonely old children's shoe, which lost its partner long ago, makes a striking sculptural statement this way. Hang a blank luggage tag from it and leave the viewer to make up the story for himself. Vintage glass beads sparkle when hung from simple hooks, and stay tidy into the bargain. If you've got a beautiful vintage dress, don't hide it away, hang it from a vintage coat hanger or track down an abandoned tailor's dummy, another good way of displaying favorite clothes and keeping your jewellery neat."

Tips and Ideas are excerpted from Mark and Sally Bailey's book, Restoration Home via: Ryland Peters

Photos: Ryland Peters and Baileys

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