raiding the vaults of ma & pa {& my favourite place in our home}…

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it’s virtually a given that whenever i venture back home my suitcase is going to be heavier on the return journey than it was going out…

after many years of travelling the globe i consider myself quite the accomplished packer…

i’ve learnt to be a little more realistic about what i’m actually going to wear on holidays & resolved to simply make do with less of everything else {toiletries, etc}…

but when it comes to paring back on my travel finds: well that can be another story entirely…

because shops & markets aside, i’ve tapped into a fantastic source of vintage homeware finds that never, never fails to impress: it’s called the vaults of ma & pa…

raiding the cupboards & back rooms of our parents’ houses have yielded some of my favourite ever homeware finds to date…

& not only do these pieces bring individuality & quirk to our home, but they’re positively laden with memories of moments that can never be replicated {& moments that were, until the unearthing of some of these pieces, forever consigned to history}…

my latest haul yielded this…

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that cheeky chap is none other than my boyfriend as a rambunctious two year old immortalised in bronze by his very talented cousin…

& i love it {all 11.5 kgs of it}!

i’ve coveted it for such a long time & since it had been relegated to a back room at his parents’ house i thought now was as good a time as any to ask if they’d mind my relieving them of it…

not only is it such a tactile, beautiful piece of art, but it represents a piece of my boyfriend’s history {a perspective sadly lacking in our home}…

other trips home have been equally fruitful: a painting by my mum, a second by my brother, some groovy old coffee jars repurposed as vases & some beautiful decorative ceramic plaques {seen below} mounted on wooden bases…

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these were salvaged from my dad’s childhood silver cross pram & gifted to me by my mum after he passed {though my dad never did display them in his home, i do so with immense pride}…

for the most part, a lot of these vintage pieces now hang out in what has quickly become my favourite place in our home: the dining nook

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it’s a pretty modest set-up {& given we rent, we’re a little limited in what we can change}, but the impact of this room has been elevated by the recent acquisition of a glossy, slimline console table which provides a good-sized, prominent spot for me to display many of my favourite pieces {alongside some much-needed storage}…

filled with vintage finds that are, in turn, filled with memories, this nook makes me smile every time i happen upon it: without fail…

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6 thoughts on “raiding the vaults of ma & pa {& my favourite place in our home}…

  1. the bronze piece is amazing. what a lovely thing to have in your home. your dining nook is beautiful. stylish yet warm and engaging. so lovely sue x

  2. I love the bust of your beau! What a wonderful piece to be able to include in your home. That dining nook is really fantastic, Sue. It looks just like the rendering you made a long time ago as to where you wanted the room to go! It looks great. I love the baskets underneath, I think that’s such a great touch. I might have to steal a page from your design handbook here!

    • thank you erin! it’s amazing what a difference a few pictures & travel treasures can make… a space which use to be barren & dull is now like the focus of the whole living area! and apart from the console it pretty much cost nothing… 99% pieces from elsewhere in the home (or other people’s homes!)… steal away, steal away!

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