Piddlin’ Decor | Antiques that Grow with You

the best thing about finding a truly great antique, is how they will always have a special ability to evolve right along with you! Take this trunk for example. For years, it was the perfect end table in a warm + sunny coffee spot, then it was a moving aide, great for packing things into while between houses. Years later, it served as a dollhouse stand + the year after that an actual dress-up trunk. That’s exactly the journey this one has been on + who knows where it will land next! The adventure doesn’t end when you bring the treasures home; that’s sometimes when the magic is just beginning!

What old things are you repurposing at your home? Maybe you don’t even notice, they’ve been there for so long. Perhaps you just bought something “new to you” but with all the old-time charm or maybe you have a piece that you are making into a good antique with each passing year. Won’t you please share your favorites with us below!?

If you have recently bought something but don’t know where to put it, or maybe that unique thing caught your eye but you hesitated to bring it home– please get in touch with me right now + I can help you find a place for it in your space! Read more about my design business, pencil + ink creative, here.

Happy piddlin’ to you!

Piddlin’ Decor | Powder Room Redux

so often, when the piddlin’ pals head out on a fresh adventure, we find things that speak to us + that is what we bring home. I’m sure you’re thinking, what kind of mumbo-jumbo is that? well… it’s not impulse buying + it’s not buying something to collect, it’s trading money for a good, because you are drawn to it.

early in our relationship, Ryan + I used to always say to each other while reflecting over our recent trips or finds “the best antiques choose you”. This is so true. Just look at this powder room from our tiny townhome from our early days in Charleston. My handy architect had already laid the tile, replaced the sink/cabinet + had even installed beadboard, the only thing amiss to me was the wall color. Funny as it may sound, every time I went into that wash closet, I was thinking about paint colors! Finally I brought home a few samples, + made a move. We painted on Urbane Bronze + loved every second of what followed- why hadn’t we done this sooner?!

As fate would have it, we already had the antiques to polish off the new look as a result of all of our piddlin’ adventures together. After the paint went on, we threw together a basic layout for a gallery wall, using vintage, framed, group photos, mixed with a few new pieces, then added a preserved boxwood wreath to the towel ladder. I still love this room so much, years after moving that I’m thinking it’s time to recreate it in our home here in Georgia.

If you love this as much as us, let us know! I can find a way to add charm to any room/wall of your space too! Get in touch with me today + let’s make your spot feel more exciting, warm, friendly + fun. It would be my honor! Learn more about my design business pencil + ink creative here.

Keep piddlin’ y’all!!

Piddlin’ Surcies | Plaster Wall Hangings

Would you look at these beauties?! I can’t wait to figure out where I’m going to hang these concrete + plaster wall accents. Such charm! A friend gave them to me after I noticed them sitting in her garage. I owe her, right?!

What would you do with these three beauties…

Piddlin’ Decor | Wire Egg Baskets

It’s amazing to me how many wonderful uses there are for antique wire egg baskets, which makes it another essentially great piddlin’ find!

Originally used as the best way to collect eggs from the chicken coop, these baskets are often still used today for the same purpose.  It does seem that smaller, more modern baskets, as sold at Williams Sonoma for example, have taken the place of these rather large carriers.

Many vintage baskets I have seen are typically made of coated wire that gingerly support the eggs while keeping them from rolling around + breaking.  One of our baskets has an inverted bottom to further discourage eggs from taking a spin around an empty basket.

We currently use ours to corral shoes by our entryway which is excellent for teaching our two-year-old that shoes, like her toys, have a place where they belong.  She often can be seen visiting the basket multiple times in a day to “change shoes”.  Other uses around our home include toting diapers + wipes on road trips + providing a spot on our stairs for items to be toted up + put away.

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Take a look at a few more of my favorite creative functions for these baskets below + see more inspiring ideas on my piddlin’ wish list (here).

I particularly love the idea below of using one for apples or perhaps potatoes in a pantry like this one below.  Wouldn’t it be idyllic to have one kept by the back door for collecting freshly picked apples often from your own backyard orchard or something even more simple like chopped firewood? Life seems full of such visions!

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Thanks for stopping by! Have you been piddlin’ lately?  Please do let me know what fun finds you have discovered; leave a comment below!

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Piddlin’ Wish List | This Kitchen

‘pressed while thinking of what we’ll be noshing on for the “Big Game” next Sunday…Go Falcons!

As I began to write this week’s post about wire egg basketsto be continued– I realized I would be remiss to not first discuss this D R E A M of a kitchen gilt with piddlin’ decor:


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Where do I begin?!

  • the chalkboard made from an antique mirror + funny enough, similar to ours! // A chalkboard in the kitchen; little makes more sense! //
  • The wire egg crate holding apples // how have I not thought of that?! //
  • the beautifully aged wood walls
  • the unreal jadeite collection… // surely this is the precise color of envy! //
  • the whitewashed original wood panels inside the pantry…

Wouldn’t you just love to see the rest of this home!?  // You can by the way, simply follow the source link above. //

We have a dear family friend whose home is decorated in this way, ceiling to floor, front door to back porch.  Without her as my first piddlin’ muse, I may not even know about this style of living!  You know who you are–JB!  Also, big thanks to mom for introducing us.  There is such an incredible energy I get just walking into + through her home each time I visit…every item of piddlin’ decor just seems speak to me + each piece has been placed with the utmost thought + intention making for a very cozy home, regardless of size.  One of my favorite features in her home is an antique screen door on her pantry as well as the bathroom full of mirrors!  //  “Don’t forget to sign the guest book!”–yes, really. //

This vignette above captures my home’s style perfectly.  What a better way to make old things new, than turning one’s piddlin’ finds into piddlin’ decor that help keep things tidy to boot!?  Swoonworthy!

What do you love most here?  I would so love if you’d tell me how you use your favorite antique around your home!

Speaking of…more to come on egg crates next week, plus it’s almost time for February, which means all things: ❤️💘💕💖😍

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Piddlin’ Decor | Curating + Culling Collections

‘pressed while watching my Seattle Seahawks play the Falcons here in Atlanta–Go ‘Hawks! 

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Turns out moving is tricky for a “collector”…not only did we have many fragile items to pack, but it has made me even more aware of my hoarder tendencies! …I kid, though I as of the New Year I am seriously re-evalutaing which pieces bring me a sense of joy.  I had always heard moving to another state can be a catalyst to fixing this problem + I can see why.  In a matter of two weeks, it has turned from heavy stressor to exhilarating opportunity!

My beau + I always loved traveling to football games when we were dating, engaged + newly-married, so piddlin’ happened on our way home from most road trips we took.  This hobby really took-off after I was describing my love of old things + how I simply had no room in my apartment to add any “new” finds.  All he had to say was “you can fill my house with antiques” + it was off to the races!

Fast-forward a year or so, + it was he who had found so many of the fun things that now furnish + organize our married home including this iron lantern pictured above.  The lantern was found by my husband + given to me the day we were engaged; it serves as an excellent reminder to only keep the items that bring pleasure/joy/happiness to our home.  See the full story of this sentimental antique here.

As each room slowly gets unpacked here, it is encouraging to see each of these “old things” find new purpose or perhaps a new home while I remember their stories.  As each year has its seasons, so too may we all have a time to curate + cull our treasured collections!

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Piddlin’ Decor | Boat Oars

‘pressed while singing “Row row row your boat…” (tongue in cheek)

These are one of my all-time-favorites-buy-whenever-you-see-them kind of piddlin’ finds!

Boat oars or paddles are classic antiques to have around the home + porch…below are a few glimpses of the two we have at our nest (an unmatched pair-which adds to the charm in my opinion) as well as a few fun ideas from around the web!

I have always sat these oars together for some added texture + interest in an otherwise boring corner of my home, but I always dream about how I may end up using these in a myriad of other ways!  lf baby no. 2 is a boy, I can very easily see them in his room from day one to hold curtains, as I have always wanted to use them for this type of DIY:

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…on second thought, these would certainly be handy in case we find ourselves navigating through “Waterworld” this weekend!  I kid–!  Though, we will be hunkering down for a good old fashioned hurricane party this weekend.

This is a culture my husband + I have grown up with for the past three decades so we are highly accustomed to protocols and precautions of being in a hurricane’s path.  This is not to say we are in some way exempt from the dangers and warnings, rather we have been a part of making decisions like these for sometime and know what sort of safety hazards + damage timeline we are preparing to see.  We have family in town–also staying–if things go from bad to worse and we need reinforcements, so don’t anyone worry about us for a second.

So for now, happy decorating!

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Piddlin’ Decor | It’s Gameday

Cheers to you, College Football fan!!

Today is the day we kickoff another season on the gridiron, between the hedges, in the grove or in some other hallowed arena.  Tonight + all through the weekend (unless of course your team has already kicked off in some far corner of the world),  we’ll be cheering, crowing, gloating + perhaps groaning at our teams that represent those assembled + gone before “in the glory days”.

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In honor of all those years we spent studying at our alma mater with our fellow co-eds + walking campus alongside the seemingly super-human student athletes, we will watch in hope + we will cheer to see if that “University of”, “State” or “Tech” College will mystify us with an elusive undefeated season + if not, we’ll keep watching in order to hedge our bets on how our odds fare against that big bad rival sitting at the bottom of our schedules.

The magic + nostalgia of each of those worlds we lived in once upon a time, however brief or long the chapters ran in our lives, give us a special feeling about this day. It feels like Christmas with the shiny new helmets + a sparkling clean record to preserve.

No matter how you choose to celebrate today, this weekend + the months ahead, we cannot ignore the time-honored traditions that make the cheering-good, bad + otherwise- a little more bearable.  I hope to share a few of these with you through the college football season.

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I found this impossibly cute Carolina bobble head in the most unlikely of all places-my brother’s small college town of Newberry, South Carolina.  It remains one of my favorite piddlin’ finds of all time + I will relish the day that I finally have a proper place for him to look over us on Gamedays spent in our sports room!  As for the signed football- it’s not an antique quite yet, but as of this season, it is well on its way!

May the best team win…stay tuned for more fun piddlin’ finds to use at your next tailgate!
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