I Love the Details of Vintage Cast offs & New

December 3rd, 2008 in member junk     
MimiToria Gretchen Schaumann, contributor
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Details:  a dried hydrangea, a vintage strand of faux pearls and an awesome vintage bird piece of jewelry
I love the uniqueness of vintage skeleton keys, and the fact that they can be very ornate or quite simple.  I design jewelry with them, use them to embelish a cabinet lock, use on altered art projects such as tags, add to a Christmas tree, gift, or just laying in a silver dish with a grouping of them.
I love this glass hand I found and initially used for a jewelry display piece, but have since brought it into our kitchen as a home decor accent with this old ball of string.  The ecru string adds texture and just the right amount of contrast to the hand.
Tarnished silver is one of my favorites for decorating and I love vintage millinery flowers as well.  The combination to me is divine.  Details!
Just a peak of the detailing of this fabulous Victorian end table that was found in the dumpster when we were first married.  Just love the detailing on this piece that was thrown away by someone else.
This fabulous carving is on an old sewing machine cabinet that I white washed years ago and use to store my papers and supplies for my buiness near my vintage farm house table white washed desk.
One of my favorites!  A photo of my Mom and Dad when they were first engaged attached to a vintage paper weight.  This rests on our coffee table where I see it daily.  My Mom is since deceased and my Dad is 85 years old.  They were married for 50 years.  Wow!
My Mom as a young girl in her scarf.  She was a beautiful lady and I blew up a small photo to this size and than hi-lited her head to be the focus, by using a wide black mat and black frame and printed the photo in black n white to keep distractions at w minimum.  I love this photo, as she looks so happy.
This vintage jar has a clock face molded into the glass part of it.  I just love this jar and its rusty lid that is stuck on.  Details!
This box is extra special, as it not only is a great place for display, but it has a secret hiding compartment inside of it.  How detailed is that?  Notice the cool carved edges on this piece.
Leopard print with black fringe detailing on my desk chair I found in the dumpster years ago.
Vintage picture frames are one of my favorite things and the detailing they have on them is awesome.  Here a few glitter sprinkle stars elevate this frame to have a Holiday Spirit.
Details:  a dried hydrangea, a vintage strand of faux pearls and an awesome vintage bird piece of jewelry

Details:  a dried hydrangea, a vintage strand of faux pearls and an awesome vintage bird piece of jewelry

Did you ever notice how sometimes you go somewhere and you see so many fun and interesting details.  I have been noticing things with "wide open eyes" lately, and this is what I'm discovering at my own home.  I hope you enjoy these photos that are taken of treasures through out my home.

Pattern or design used: My own design
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Comments (10)

byabpryor writes: I just love your eye for details.. I actually was at your blog (before reading this entry) and went all the way back to your first post. As I browsed backwards I just couldn't get enough....

It's sunny, cool & the kids are at Nana's, the hubby is sleep..... a perfect labor day morning! Thanks!

Ang Posted: 9:21 am on September 7th
irishrovr writes: Gretchen, These pieces are wonderful!

http://ruralwisconsin.blogspot.com/ Posted: 11:15 am on July 23rd
MimiToria writes: You guys are too nice. Thanks for all nice comments you made. I've just really been opening my eyes up to the detailing that is in our everyday lives and how it can really make a difference in our decorating styles. I do have to be careful, as I can tend to add too much and end up with a cluttered look, but I'm working on trying to do better much to the encouragement of my husband and daughter. They like things spare, I like things cozy and detailed.
It just amazes me all the special details in the vintage finds we all tend to love.
Gretchen Posted: 10:08 pm on December 3rd
piecesofthepast writes: I've been thinking of putting some old keys as ornaments on my tree this year...when I get put it up! You guys all seem to be decked out and ready for Christmas. I'm running behind! I love all of your ideas--great as usual! Posted: 9:30 pm on December 3rd
Junk_Sophisticate writes: Hi Gretchen,

I love this post and all the fantastic photos. The main one could be a postcard.

I too love the details in vintage frames. Was the one shown painted that way when you bought it or did you do that yourself? I have a very detailed dark wood frame I purchased over the summer and have contemplated painting it. Looking for ideas on how best to do it. I love yours!

Candy Posted: 9:18 pm on December 3rd
suewhitney writes: Gretchen,

Wow, this is a beautiful post! Thanks so much for appreciating and sharing all of these wonderful details. You just won't find this type of details in new items. I really enjoyed looking at these images!

Be well,

Posted: 8:54 pm on December 3rd
fellowjunker writes: What a beautiful look into all the detail in your home Gretchen. The pictures are so very precious!!!
xojanis Posted: 8:43 pm on December 3rd
CottageElements writes: Gretchen, you so right about those little details that can really make a piece. You have some wonderful items. And how special are the things that are passed down to us. I think we need to teach our children that. Lovely, just lovely.

Lani Posted: 7:22 pm on December 3rd
AtticusFinch writes: Funny...my Mom had that same scarf (and on date-night with Daddy, purple velvet hot pants). What a treasured find on the table. Posted: 4:57 pm on December 3rd
junkermidge writes: Thank you, thank you, thank you for your post. I tend to approach projects from an "idea" perspective and often neglect the details. This, and other recent great posts reminds me of how right you are. It's something I hope to work on more. Thanks for pointing me in the right direction. (And that picture of your mom IS really great.)
Midge Posted: 3:15 pm on December 3rd
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