Putting together displays of unlikely combinations of items can enhance a room with interesting decorative focal points.
If my decorating choices were pared down to two items they would be an antique and an element from nature. These two items bring intrigue and integrity to a room, reminding us of Victorian days when the world and nature were mysterious and travel was slow and difficult. The Victorians loved to surround themselves with nature inside their living spaces. A transferware tureen or platter displaying antlers, seashells, votives or even a bird's nest can become an intriguing focal point for a table. A silver tray can also be used, not only to display objects, but to bring together smaller pieces. A collection of antique bottles, a deer skull, oyster or mussel shells and beach stones also work well when added to silver trays. Be creative with the things you have and love, along with a few select found natural elements, and you can create your own special statement. - Diane Speakman is owner of Sesame & Lilies in Cannon Beach.
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