Tuesday, January 25, 2011

The Find: Clearly Accessorized

Yesterday, I talked about how a single color can unify a vignette. Quite the opposite can also true. In The Find: The Housing Works Book of Decorating With Thrift Shop Treasures, Flea Market Object, and Vintage Details, we also discuss how the lack of a hue can emphasize cohesiveness among what at first glance might appear disharmonious in shape or size.

I took this photo at the farm house of a friend who lives in New Jersey. She gathered all her clear glass decanters, varied them by height and displayed them atop her pink fireplace mantle for a focal point that when the sun hits them just right is as shimmery as the Manhattan skyline.

Always Frugal, Always Fabulous,

The Elegant Thrifter


  1. D'ya suppose you could get her tips for cleaning those decanters??? I have a few that I'd love to use like that - just not sure the best way to clean 'em up.

  2. Grouping certainly adds to the impact as well. I would buy decanters if I actually drank wine...ehhh. This is still a great collection.

    Mr. Goodwill Hunting

  3. Here's my cleaning tip...and many of you may cringe...I would put them all in the dishwasher unless they are super-precious or very old. I would remove any plastic or cork stoppers, and then just put them on a gentle wash. If that sounds disturbing, then, I would just wash them in dish soap, using a bottle brush to get the insides clean. You don't need to clean the insides ofte if they remain closed. And then just dust with a Swiffer-type wipe. Now if you had windows full of them, that's a different story!

  4. Love the way that looks... beautiful... simple... LOVE IT!


  5. Thanks for the cleaning tip. I have 3-4 bottles very similar to a few of those and just wasn't sure how to give them their initial cleaning.

  6. I find glass cleans beautifully just with very hot water and regular washing up liquid plus lots of rinsing, again with hot water.



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