And I realize that what matters more to me is the story behind the items. I love gathering tidbits that have a past and a story and a memory built into them.
Like a stack of books from my grandmother's home, including books about the Oregon Trail my father read as a boy and my great-grandmother's copy of Little Women. Like the carved thinking man a coworker from Burkina Faso who always started his emails, "My dear," gave me or the handpainted cross a coworker from El Salvador who has the best Latino accent I know gave me. Like the crazy Asian-lady head that sat for years on top of my grandmother's refrigerator which I would gaze up at while eating chocolate chip cookies at the ktichen table. Like the beautiful blue vase of my grandmother's that really is making everything way too blue but but which I can't bear to put in a cupboard. Or like the mirror from Walmart. (OK, not everything has a story.)
All about our house is scattered the detritus of grandparents and great-grandparents and travels and adventures. I love to look at them and feel connected to another time and another place.What is your favorite piece of decor with a story?