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Diane Speakman 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.