Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Decorating With ... Doorknobs?

I love decorating with found objects, especially if they tell a story.
 
 Lately, I seem to be into doorknobs.
 
This doorknob, still in a tiny wooden section of its "door", started it all. I spotted it at the Liberty Tool Company. I had no particular use for it but it spoke to me somehow...so of course I bought it.

 Last week, a couple more door knobs "spoke to me" at a local antique and consignment shop. I liked the bits of rust and chippy blue paint against the white porcelain of the knobs.
 

So now I have three sets of door knobs...I suppose that means that I've started another collection.
 
What makes something a collection anyway? More than one? Three or more? Grouping things for a purpose? Hmmm...
 

  
I love my doorknobs. When I see them, I wonder what stories they could tell about the houses they adorned and the people who lived in them.



I decided to display my old doorknobs in a little basket on the coffee table.
I'm sure they'll move around the house over time as I add to the collection. For now I like the variety of textures in this grouping: rough wicker, worn leather, shiny porcelain, rust... and chipped blue paint.
 


What's the most unusual thing you decorate with or collect?
 
 
 This post is linked to:
Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style
Tablescape Thursday at Between Naps On the Porch
 

5 comments:

  1. What do I collect? Well I do have 3 white porcelain door knobs that came attached to an old window frame I bought at a yardsale. I seem to have quite a collection of teacups and have realized I also have more ironstone dishes than I thought I did. I don't deliberately go looking for these things though. They just 'happen'. lol Love your doorknob collection. They look wonderful in your basket.

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  2. You are ahead of my by two. When we moved into our 1928 cottage, there was a glass doorknob that had been replaced and was left sitting in a cupboard. I often have it on display with a bunch of other old junk.

    I love each of your doorknobs.

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  3. If doorknobs could talk right!!! I have several glass ones I really enjoy. Sometimes they ride in the back of my small brown metal truck.
    ann

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  4. you have found some great chippy door knobs. The only one I have is glass and I do love it, but I'm afraid to collect anything else...lol...but that doesn't stop me often.

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  5. Hi, Cheryl! I'm visiting from BNOTP. COOL doorknobs! I like to see unusual decorating items put into service! There's a history behind each and every doorknob, whether we're privy to it or not. Just knowing that many hands have turned those knobs - perhaps even some famous or even INfamous people! - lends an air of excitement to the vignette! I remember my grandparents' home had those wonderful glass knobs and leaded glass in the French doors throughout. Oh, how I wish I would have gone through and salvaged all of those beauties!

    Great idea! I don't think I decorate with anything necessarily unusual. I tend to be pretty conservative and blah.

    Thanks for sharing, and have a great weekend!

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