Sunday, January 2, 2011

New Year, New Day, Old Loves

and now I have decided to go back to old things :))

I think I have mentioned before that I had an antique store in California for years... and hubby and I bought the home I grew up in and we lived there for over 20 years... for me it was an additional 20 years :)) ... it was totally Victorian shabby chic... anyway when we moved to Idaho, I sold a lot and put a lot in storage. I decided for the first time in my life that I wanted new things. We had a house built and I bought the main furniture new. I still had a few old pieces that I just could not give up but I thought I could mix them with the new and come up with my "style" At first I just felt like I was living in a hotel. Then slowly I starting putting things on the walls and trying to make things look like "normal" people.... Well I am not "normal" people and I just have not been comfortable.

Over the past year or so my art has been drawn back to my love of all things old... only rusty and worn rather than the white and pink of shabby chic of my past. I found that when I was working on my art pieces that I was happy. My love for rusty and worn started to drift into the other rooms and it made me happy :D So this year instead of fixing the place up, I am going to be wearing things out, rusting things up, adding my art to the rest of the house. I think the best description of the style I love is "Tarnished Treasures" So if this interests you, click "Decor or Tarnished Treasures" on the "Quick Links" on the right hand sidebar. I will link the few projects that I did last year and as soon as my new camera arrives I am going to start snapping pictures around the house and giving you a run down on the how too's

12 comments:

The Gossamer Tearoom said...

Happy New Year to you, Inka!
Good for you! I have begun to see that people keep old things and buy things at antique stores for a reason! There is something so much more interesting to something with a sense of history! We moved into my parents house in Maine this year, which is a very sweet 1920's bungalow with faded rose wallpaper on the walls and French doors leading to the livingroom! Living here has influenced my style and in turn, I have added back to the decor with some vintage-inspired art projects! It's fun, isn't it? Best of luck to you!

Wishing you a new year full of happiness and creativity!

Betty

Paper Paradise said...

Can't beat the old style! Looking forward to seeing your transformations taking place. Sue x

Sarah said...

I love the feeling of contentment that being surrounded by old things brings. I'll be watching for your pictures and secretly coveting your antiquey stuff!
Happy New Year, Inka!

Jan said...

Happy New Year and I can't wait to see some of your projects!

Carolyn said...

Good for you Inka; doing what you love so much. As we think about resolutions for the new year, we all need to make changes to make our lives more enjoyable and I think you have found your unique solution. I'm eager to follow you along throughout the year for new projects; old ones updated to meet your style and view the techniques you share.

HAPPY NEW YEAR, my dear friend.

Carolyn

Netty said...

Happy New Year Inka. Am so looking forward to seeing your creations again. Annette x

Ann said...

what a great idea! Live with what you love! My home is full of so many different "styles" ! nothing matches but I'm surrounded with stuff I love!! Happy 2011 !!!

1CardCreator said...

I cant wait to see what you post! I love your taste in art, I;m sure I will love your decorating too. Happy New Year! ~Diane

FILIGREE MOON said...

Happy new year! So sorry about your camera...but a new one on the way must be somewhat cheery. Looking forward to see what you come up with next! ~ Angela

Michele said...

old things are wodnerful. embrace all your loves, young and old! thanks for this wonderful post. happy new year. xo

craftattack said...

Lovely photo, and I can understand your wish to keep and use your lovely old things!

Lynn Stevens said...

You have such a unique style! I love all your vintage pieces with your art too and can't wait to see more!