Monday, August 23, 2010

Making History in the Master Bedroom

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Ha! I knew that headline would get your attention! Don't worry...this is a G-rated post! :) This post is not really about making history as it is about preserving and honoring history in creating your home. Let me explain...

As the fall approaches, we've added some new accessories in the master bedroom. By new, I don't mean brand spanking new. You know that's not how we usually roll 'round these parts! What I really mean by "new" is that we've added some "new-to-us" vintage finds in the master bedroom. You saw the gorgeous 7-foot gold goddess of a mirror, didn't you? Well, let me show you a couple more goodies.


I completely adore this "Union Congregational Church" sign. What caught my eye first was its shape. They just don't make stuff like this anymore! Then look at the typography...in graphic black...and those swirls...in grey. Be still my sign-loving heart! And the arrow saying 2 blocks? Stop it now! Then when you see it up close, it has a perfectly chippy and crazed texture.


That's enough reasons to love it right? Wait! It gets even better. Well, if you're a sign lover like me, it gets better. This baby is two-sided! {angels singing from the heavens} (Ha! Pun intended, people!) Yes, this baby is identically yummy on the other side. And a two-sided is sign is twice as nice in my book! While it would be cool to hang it where both sides could be seen, it was telling me it wanted to live here for right now.


"What's that?" you ask? What? That small box on the table over there? It's a gorgeous flea market find of a vintage medical sterilizer box. And it has brass, people! Aged brass. One of my favorites finishes evah! That red cross, the letters on the glass, the three shelves...this is why I love a flea market or occasional sale! You can't find this stuff at a department store!!


If you haven't guessed by now, I'm slightly passionate about finding great pieces of like these. I feel like I am capturing, respecting, and preserving the quality, craftsmanship, and history of the past. Can you imagine these on a burn pile or in a landfill? It would make me so sad! Each of us has the ability to find, salvage, and make beautiful those pieces that inspire us in some way.

Have you "made history" or at least captured history by showcasing a vintage or antique piece in your home? I'm guessing you have! And I'm guessing you have lots of favorite pieces with history and a story to tell. Go on...tell us about one!

32 comments:

  1. Oh! I love signs... you got me! I'm in love! ;)

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  2. Your sign is absolutely stunning. What a great find. I also love your box. It is wonderful. I love old things like that. They just make my day. Your room is gorgeous. Hugs, Marty

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  3. I love to show off my "old stuff". Mainly from my parents, grandparents and an aunt. My latest peice that I would like to make a display around is an old metal "fire" box that was my dad's where he kept his important papers in (probably before safety deposit boxes - not sure). Anyway it is unique. I have an old hutch I'm hoping to gussy up when the weather turns a little less humid here in FL and I would like to display that box, some old toys and some old tools of my dads. My inspiration peice for redoing this hutch was actually my dad's old folding measuring stick.

    Just love your bedroom and I think your church sign could be flipped occasionally depending on your mood. Love it!

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  4. ~*~*Goodness gracious!!! I LOVE LOVE LOVE your vintage church sign~*~That is such a fun piece!~*~And that sterilizer is just precious..great finds!!!Blessings, Rachel~*~*~*

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  5. I love this stuff, especially that sign! beautiful room.

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  6. That sign is gorgeous!! And two-sided!?? Even better!!! I love the box as well, very vintage! I am really excited because we are going to my first flea market this weekend and I hope that I can find things like that to 'make history' anywhere in my house!!

    Your bedroom is so beautiful by the way!!!

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  7. That sterilizer is the kind of find that gets my heart pumping!! Love the sign too, they're both fabulous! Theresa

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  8. Your bedroom is beautiful! I love it that Theresa said "gets my heart pumping"! Your mirror did that for me! Still thinking about that beautiful piece! I'm going to find me one of those one of these days! I just know it!

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  9. Love the signs and the sterilizer cabinet is just so cute!! You did a great job with these girl :)

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  10. Only 9 whispers? Those finds deserve a major shout! I LOVE THEM!!!
    You did grab my attention btw with the title up there..yikes!

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  11. That church sign is super awesome, what a great find!

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  12. My sweetie has his grandmother's kitchen knives.....old ones.....with bone handles....and he didn't know what to do with them.....so we had them framed and they are on the wall.....right up there with all the so called "art"....which I think they really are anyway....smiles.

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  13. Wow, that sterrilizer cabinet is awesome!!! Why can't we have flea market sales like that where we live? You got some really great finds! I love your master bedroom, it is really tranquil looking!

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  14. Wow, fantastic! Both of them. The little box is just so different, I love that. And the sign, well, I love everything you mentioned about it!

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  15. Haha...love your post title!! And your sign. I INSISTED my dad save an old Fairbanks measuring beam/grain scale from a building he was tearing down...it sits in my kitchen and I love it!

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  16. Your sign is fantastic and love the box! I also love to decorate with old things that have a history. Most of my friends and family don't get why I would want some of the things I drag home. Blogging is great because there are so many of you out there that like the same things.
    Hugs, Sherry

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  17. You find the best things. If I didn't love my house and living near my family, I'd be your neighbor because sooner or later, you're going to run out of room, right? Okay, maybe not. But love the sign, love the history. It'd look amazing in my home too. ;)

    Have a great week!

    Roe

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  18. I love that sign... love it.. love love!!

    I just posted about an antique chandelier I found at my grandmother's and what I did with it

    come over and take a peek!!

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  19. Where oh where would I start! As a compulsive collector of vintage and antique pieces the house and garages are over crowded...I think I'm a hoarder...but don't tell anyone. My blog was supposed to be about these pieces and maybe one day it will be!!!!!

    Love the bedroom, it's becoming more beautiful with every post!

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  20. I always love the pieces you find! You must have some amazing flea markets in your area! And I guess it is only fitting that you have a 'union congregation' above your bed, it is the church bit that really gives it a quirk in your bedroom.
    Love that little cupboard too!, now why do I never find things like that....

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  21. I love old signs as well! That Congregational Church sign has the best shape to it. It reminds me of signs in the little village where I lived as a girl.

    It still makes me grin to see it over a bed, but I love it anyway.

    You have such a great eye for the perfect vintage find!

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  22. Preach on Sister Woman...love that sign.
    Remind me to show you my "Patient Parking Only" sign!
    Debbie

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  23. Hi...That sign is great, love the place you hung it too! But that mirror, I LUV THAT! Great job!

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  24. Such fun finds, love your bedroom, make some history!!!!

    Margo

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  25. Haha! Loved this post...and loved your beautiful finds. You could not have picked a better spot for that sign. To answer your question, I'm very fond of vintage and just refinished an 1880s varnish crate...posted it last week. That's my new favorite showcase piece. And, you should have seen the concerned look on my step-father's face when I yanked an old worm sifter out of his garage last week with the utmost glee! Big ideas for that bad boy.

    Jami

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  26. What a great bedroom... and I love the additon of the sign. You have such a chhic style!
    Yvonne

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  27. Girl, you have created heaven in your bedroom with that church sign! ;)

    Malisa

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  28. Love the sign! Would never have thought of hanging it over the bed! The sterilizer is such a great piece too. Really enjoyed your blog!

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  29. What a beautiful room! I love your "new" sign!

    Enjoy!
    Cathy

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  30. I LOVE that sign too! And, you and I have the same Ralph Lauren euro-shams. Too fun!

    Great find! Perfect placement in your home too!

    Bravo!

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  31. I LOVE your bed and bedding. It's so serene and peaceful, yet elegant!

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  32. How cool is that church sign!!! My home church is Lake Helen Congregational Church!!
    I'm enjoying your blog!!

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