I’m a collector. I’ll admit, sometimes I’m not terribly practical but instead find myself at an antique market, leisurely strolling about looking for things that strike my fancy. It is this aspect of my personality that led me this week, to styling a sideboard with decorative boxes.
It’s not that I set out to look for boxes and it’s not like I didn’t have any to begin with. But this was one of those rare occasions when I had time to shop and nothing in particular that I needed to find. It was that uniquely blissful circumstance when you arrive at the market and just meander.
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been to the very same market, and others like it, with a specific aim in mind and no extra funds to let serendipity take its course. But this week was different and I delighted in the aimless wandering.
To be honest it didn’t take long. The local market I frequent is quite large with many vendors on two floors and room after room filled with various treasures. I was barely in the door when I happened upon my first score.
Certainly I was influenced by the fact that I had Valentine’s Day on my mind, but there in a dusty corner was an adorable cupid. I started my pile.
Shortly after the cupid is when I became entranced with the boxes. Initially I was thinking of filling them with Valentine’s Day candy, but when I brought them home and started to style a vignette, the tops of the boxes were way to lovely to cover by keeping them open to display sweets.
My decorative box collection was actually started long ago with this delightful piece found in Megeve, France. I have another like it I keep by the entryway to hold our keys when we come in the door.
The first of the new pieces was this sweet little jewelry casket. It’s quite tiny but with wonderful detail. When I first found it, I wasn’t planning on gathering a collection. I just liked the box and added it to my pile.
Next I found this brass box, with pretty little flowers and feminine legs. My first thought was ‘I already found a box I like. I should look for something else.’ But the scale was different than the first and the metal color too. So up it went to my growing pile at the register.
By the time I came to this piece, I was beginning to think about displaying them together in a vignette. Two pieces are not a collection, but once you have three, you have the beginnings of a statement. I loved that all three were different in material, and even in the store I was thinking of a merchandised grouping.
Once I got my wares home, it was time for the real fun… styling the sideboard to complement a romantic meal. Out came my favorite china pieces and a pair of pink champagne flutes. I’m not going to lie… the silver flower vase is new too!
For my romantic setting I bought these gorgeous roses.
The embroidered white napkins are from Fragonard in Paris.
I love the way my new cherub works with the figures on my gilded French box.
It’s not often that I get the opportunity to shop with a blank slate in my mind. It was an absolute treat. Stay tuned for the reveal of some more items I picked up on this trip, coming soon to a post near you…
I will be highlighting some of my other collections from time to time, and illustrating how I use them in my decor. Here you can see some that I’ve already posted: Using Teacups in the Home, Collecting Silver Accessories, and Decorating with Mirrors. Enjoy your next trip to the antique market!
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