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What’s Old Can Be New Again

Stockton Briggle Shows Us One’s Mans Trash Can be Turned into Treasure.

Family treasures, heirlooms from yesterday, great discoveries at a flea market can open the door to decorating bonanzas that will make areas of your home into conversation pieces. One of the greatest places to find things is in Pasadena, Ca. at the famous ROSE BOWL SWAP MEET. Held once a month, I have found fabulous old hand sewn quilts that I throw across the bottom of my bed to bring color and craftsmanship to a modern room. The old makes the new look even newer.

One Sunday I came home with an oil portrait of two young brothers dressed in identical sailor suits. I later discovered that it was painted by a very famous American portrait artist of the 40’s and 50’s. It looks great on a wall painted a very modern putty color from FARROW and BALL paints. Make a trip to their store in a city near you. It is well worth the trip.

Another fun collection is my dessert spoons and forks that are old english silver with no two alike. You can find them with names of the owner on their handles and sometimes a date. It’s fun to eat dessert with a spoon that says “Daisy” 1890. None of them are expensive and just require you keeping our eyes open when you are out antiquing.

There are also several pieces of old California furniture pieces in my home that are signed. Beautiful woods and everything from Mission style to Craftsman. An eclectic mix of stuff can say ” I have my own style.” Your own style can be a key element into making your home unique, elegant, funky or whatever you want it to be. Don’t be afraid to mix and match. Like a good martini, shake it well and enjoy the ride!

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