Monday, December 3, 2018

How I use Common Antique Mall Treasures In My Decor

So I live in a fairly large, old house.  
If you were to walk through it, there is hardly a single decoration that was bought new.
It's either straight out of the barn, a garage sale, a repurposed dumpster dive, or something given to me - like a painting from my Mom.  And almost everything is vintage!

Today I'm going to shamelessly put in a huge plug for antique stores - particularly our local Parma Antique Mall! :)

I walked through my house last week and snapped some photos of how I decorate with items you will commonly find in an antique mall.

So let's get started!

I love this antique yoke over our back door. 
The wood adds some warmth and rustic-ness!

This antique boot jack is being used as a little wood shelf - so CUTE!
Can anyone guess what the "vase" is?  Dairy farmers will....  ;)
And I remember seeing one of these boot removers in Judy Ganton's booth at the Parma Antique Mall.  Head over to get one for yourself. :)

I love vintage trays!  They are always plentiful in Antique stores and thrift shops.  
How about old books?  They are great in vignettes!

Even Nelson likes old glass jugs.

More old books to add some height...

An antique tin ceiling tile, frames, etc:

Old books, antique pulleys from a barn, mirror, wood bowls and pieces:

I love milk glass vases!  They are always plentiful and easy to find.
They add to a shabby chic look!

Now how many can we spot in this photo?!
Iron grate, old wood, cast iron horse and buggy, match holder, window, lantern....

Wood crates make great book cases (add castors to the bottom to lift them off the ground and for easier moving) and an antique scale - which has been moved to the kitchen since this photo) is shown here as a bookend.

Here's a more recent photo of the kid's library with it's antique iron book ends and vintage globe:

Also on the "Landing Library" - vintage metal wire basket with vintage books. :)

An old aluminum pitcher holds a rose bush, an antique frame propped in the back, and a milk glass vase adorn the top of an old cupboard in my kitchen:

Another angle of the top of the same cupboard - vintage aqua blue fan!  And it works!

A fan I got at the Parma Antique Mall, a vintage tray, and an antique dresser in my guest room:

Vintage bust, frame and print, and hat holder (I think!):

Bronze deer, and an antique Kraft Cream Cheese box stuffed with greenery are on the shelves of an end table in my living room.
Fun fact about the cheese box: My friend Maran bought it for me because not only does she know I love old wood boxes, but I'm obsessed with cream cheese and once bought 70 packages of it at one time because it was on sale!

I looooooove this rooster bell I bought at the Parma Antique Mall
It hangs outside the mudroom door to call the kids in for supper every night.

I love to decorate with vintage suitcases - and I have one just like this aqua blue one in my booth at the Parma Antique Mall right now - unless someone bought it yesterday! :)

Another angle so you can also see the old street sign above the door, and an antique hump back trunk:

I'm including this picture only because of the long white wood piece behind the wreaths and frames.  It's a piece off the back of an old pipe organ, and I have another one which will be in my booth at the Parma Antique Mall so you can get this look too.  It's actually wider and would make a great headboard, or look great hung over a couch with a wreath on it.

Above the kitchen cupboards (YAY for my new shaker cabinet doors!!!!) left to right:
antique egg crate, with white plate and barn pulley, antique toaster, lantern, milk glass vase, register grate, and salvaged chippy wood sign.

I wasn't even going to include this picture of Tobin's wall decor until I saw a boat propeller for sale in the Parma Antique Mall and then I decided should! :)  This one is mounted on reclaimed barn wood.

Old wooden ammo boxes - which actually are for sale in my booth because we have since rearranged Ty's room.  Got road signs in my booth as well.  :)

Well folks, although you can find many more antiques in my house than that, that's all I've got time for today!
Hopefully you've been inspired and will head over to your nearest Antique Mall and give them some business! 

Which reminds me, the Parma Antique Mall's holiday open house is just SIX DAYS AWAY!
December 8th, 2018

 Treats, beverages, and a chance to win a $100 gift card to the Parma Antique Mall. Drawing at 5:30. Shop new items and sales from over 40 dealers! If you are looking for the uniquely perfect gift for someone, this is the place to be.

Thanks for stopping by!!

Click to see a winter wonderland tour of our property:


  1. You are such an inspiration. 💜💜😊

  2. I don't think I have commented before but I love your style! Thank you for sharing all the ideas from your beautiful home.

  3. I just noticed your upright piano. Could you share how you painted it and what color it is? I have a similar piano that needs to be painted. Thanks Kammy!

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