No, it's not girl's in white dresses with blue satin sashes.
With the high holidays upon us and Thanksgiving around the corner it's a good time to reflect on what we have and be thankful for the little things as well as the big things. These things don't necessarily cost a lot--they are just items I love seeing and using almost every day. Here is a little tour...
I picked up this little jewelry tree on sale at Urban Outfitters years ago. I love how it looks like lace but it's metal and works perfectly to hold earrings and small bracelets.
This clock was an engagment gift over 30 years ago! It was purchased in New York at a small gift shop on the upper east side---too long ago to remember the name. I love the typography and proportions and it now hangs in our kitchen--it's fifth home.
I found this hand painted wood box at a shop in Portland, Maine. I love how it's distressed even though it's not an antique.
Here's a more recent find also from Maine--these stacked stones from Kennebunkport. The organic nature and clean design is what attracted me to them.
A friend told me about these inexpensive old-fashioned roaster pans that are sold at our local hardware store. They look like something your grandmother would have in her kitchen and you know what? She was right! Meats and poultry turn out juicy and golden brown.
It looks like carved wood but this real, giant acorn (from somewhere out west) was found in a junk shop in Connecticut.
I loved the neutral colors of this antique abacus, unlike the colorful toys usually found today.
Much of the artwork hanging in our home are either works from my friend's or my sister's friends (we both went to art school) or antique paintings like these two.
The only thing of real value on my list is my Ebel watch. I bought it when I turned 30 and I've worn it every day since. I love it as much today as I did then!
The decorator Nate Berkus says you should have something in your home that makes you smile. These do the trick.