Tattered French Treasures and Favorite Junk

Over the last few years I have greatly thinned out my personal stash of tattered treasures and in general as I get older prefer less clutter. Truth be told though, there are those pieces that I do love enough to hang on to and collectibles that if I see when out and about at a great price....I may still grab for the prop closet and display.


antique french syphons

I was out on Saturday visiting mom, and stopped at a little cottage antique shop along the way home that happened to be open (never usually is!). They are closing their doors later this month and had a few bargains to be found, but these old syphons were the only ones that caught my eye and we affordable. Of course I already have some but could not resist....and you know how I love aqua!

This tattered plate I had spotted in a brocante shop the last time that I was over in France was charming to me because of the old staple repair.

french terre de fer platter

At only 5 Euros it was coming home to the U.S. with me...but packed in a suitcase it sadly broke. I still believed in it's beauty and glued it together and now I find it even more lovely.

antique french platter blue

And at holiday time I love to use it to pile on natural elements that muffle the cracks and are accented by the rich blues.

french antiques for christmas

And then there are these tole rose candle holders, that I found awhile ago covered in white wax and in my design eye are perfectly imperfect.

old white Italian tole candles

And lastly, a large and tall pair of vintage plaster columns that are missing pieces, have cracks and yet wonderful for giving lots of varying height to a room's vignettes.

vintage columns
vintage french columns

Have a wonderful week and watch for more posts coming this week.