I am so excited to share today's post! As you know, Jason and I have been house-hunting here in Charleston and after months of searching we're finally getting closer to home ownership. More on that to come soon, but in the meantime I have a home decor haul to share.
One of the things Jason and I love most about Charleston is the incredible history around every corner. We love wandering around downtown and discovering street after street of historic homes, and we're so excited to eventually own a piece of that history ourselves.
In preparation, we've been slowly but surely buying some decor pieces that convey this atmosphere and will speak to the historical integrity of an older home. Needless to say, most of our shopping has taken place at antique malls, thrift stores, eBay and etsy because they are all wonderful destinations for unique, historical pieces. While searching these places we look for everything from furniture to cutlery and always gravitate toward pieces that are not only unique, but also tell a story.
Case in point is this beautiful collection of Charles Dickins books that we found buried in Goodwill. These beautifully bound books will make a great addition to any bookshelf.
The great thing about these books besides their age (someone wrote their name and 1910 on the inside cover of one!), is that they're the loveliest shade of red and I can't wait to have a bookshelf (maybe even a built-in) to display them on.
The same day we got the books we popped into a local antique mall and picked up a few old glass bottles - pictured in the top photo. In a variety of sea glass blue and deep amber brown, these glasses will look amazing on a bureau or end table. To up the vintage chic vibe of them, I plan to use them as small vases for a single rose or hydrangea throughout the year.
The next piece that we've collected for the house are these incredible antique prints. If you've seen any number of my Instagram pictures then you know that I have a soft spot for antique prints and these are the perfect addition to my collection.
I'm going to frame these myself in thin gold frames and hang them in either one of the bedrooms or the living room depending on the color palettes we choose. I'm going to handle the framing myself so let me know if you're interested in seeing how I do it and I'll happily share the tutorial.
The last item we've gotten so far is this lovely sideboard with intricate carvings.
We purchased this piece after seeing it advertised on Craigslist and couldn't be happier with it. While it isn't too old (we estimate it's from 1920-30) it still has some lovely details that typically accompany an older piece. Even though the edges are obviously a little worn, we don't mind it and will likely only give it a quick polish to let it shine.