Copper has been around for thousands of years and used in a variety of applications. Whether used for decoration, a musical instrument, or a purpose such as cookware, copper lends itself to a sense of timelessness simply by being. I am drawn to images with copper in them because they evoke a feeling in me. The vocabulary I would use to describe the feeling includes understated, romantic, and timeless.
These “candlestick” holders came in a pack of 10 from a home improvement center for around $4. I love the simplicity of them and the feeling they help create in the kitchen. I set them up around the holidays and they are still up. It is the feeling that I get from them that I enjoy, so for now they stay!
The tray that sits on our antique butcher block, pictured below, came from the thrift shop, so maybe a couple of dollars was spent on it. I love the shape and its purpose in the space. It is a different use for copper, but one that I truly enjoy.
The Revere Ware copper above was bought by my parents when they were first married in 1971. They have a beautiful collection and that I am lucky enough to have them share with me.
I think that at times people find the idea of thrift shops, garage sales, antiquing, etc. a little discouraging because you never know what and if you will find anything when you visit. That is the point. Your home and the making of it is a process. It is not about visiting the home aisle at some of our favorite “go to” stores and filling our carts to the brim with the latest trend. This type of process you can do any day of the week and in some cases 24/7. I am talking about a different type of process. It’s about making a home and the desired feeling you wish to achieve in it for all who are welcomed. This takes a little more time, but you won’t be tired of it in a month. Why, because you are not choosing ikat or chevon because it is the pattern of the month (or year), but because it says the right thing about you and your home. It is chosen with intention.