My passion, after my family of course, is Treasure Hunting. The simple beauty of things from by-gone eras have always spoken to me. Whether these treasures are found at a flea market, fine antique store, estate sale, thrift shop, or in the family attic, surprises abound.
As an interior designer, I believe it is vital to balance your decor by including found and family treasures. Surrounding yourself with things you love should always be the goal, from there you will find your true style.
As I shop, I may have a client in mind or I may want to resell at our french flea market or in my shop. I am lucky to have several outlets for my treasures including my own home! I plan to share my searching, hunting, travels, and treasures with you and encourage you to enjoy adding your treasures to your home.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Antique Silver Cruet Caddy Bright Idea

I was on the hunt for a silver cruet caddy to hold a beautiful set of early etched glass condiment bottles that belonged to my business partner's family. I was successful in finding a lovely victorian quadruple plate caddy at a flea market. That same weekend, while searching an online auction site, I found another caddy that was even more perfect than the first. This left my flea market caddy without bottles. 
So, I began to imagine new uses for this charming old piece, it was just too sweet to pack away for someday. I considered many possibilities, some not very pretty and some just silly before I came across this charming marriage of old and new.
By adding 5 small clear glass votive cups into the spots designed to hold the oil, vinegar, salt, pepper and mustard bottles, I have been able to breath new life into this old silver caddy.
Turning it from a piece into a center piece.
To soften the look and keep decorative accents away from the flames, I added a single lime branch, woven into a tight wreath, surrounding the caddy base. Just perfect!
This is just another example of one of my favorite things... reinventing antique accessories to make a true treasure for your home. Happy Hunting!

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