I love the sparkle it adds to a room. And I especially love silver in casual spaces. The juxtaposition of an antique tea set in a room with wrinkled white linen, seagrass rugs, and chippy paint.... well, that is perfection to me! It makes all the difference. If I saw them in a very formal or stuffy room, I wouldn't like it as much. I like when it's the only shine or sparkle in the room. The contrast is more effective that way. Kinda like wearing some rhinestones with denim, you know?
|This display has such texture and character from the worn silver and the old baskets|
|Pottery Barn getting in on the act here! This is their version of ironstone and hotel silver on display.|
And though I don't display my silver trays on a wall, I think this is a great idea! Simply stunning!
Some people like to shine it regularly, and I have other friends who only like it tarnished. I'm kind of in the middle. I like the shine it adds to the space, so I tend to shine them up but I do like them when it's been a couple of months so they aren't so shiny. Also, I find if I leave the edges and don't polish there, the patina stays there and keeps them from being overall too bright.
|Used as a planter, this champagne bucket looks so cute on a dining room table.|
|Here Joni Webb of Cote de Texas uses a dome on her dining room table - love this!|
|Pretty here on the kitchen counter. Love it with all the white!|
|A dome is the next thing I want - they are just so expensive. I haven't bit the bullet, but I will!|
|Love these antique silver trophy cups filled with plants - adorable!|
|Bowls used to display artichokes here, but it could be anything!|
|Okay, how cute are these? Mint julep "trophies" used to plant herbs!|
|Antique pedestal bowl (love this!) used to hold soaps|
|And of course, you can always use the silver item as it was originally intended! In this case, to hold champagne!!|
Have a shiny, happy day!!