The Decorating Way, Way Back Decorating With What You Love

Going back several years ago to houses of the past and the decorating way way back decorating with what you love stories they tell.


Dave the Builder and I have always been big on including family mementos in our decor. We strongly believe decorating house and home with items you love makes a house a home.


Photos of our former house(s) never fail to tug at my heartstrings.


Originally we purchased this house as an investment property, but it made financial and logistical sense (and cents) to just move into the property while we were in all-out renovation mode of our present home.

These photos were taken early 2000 when family and close friends gathered back at our home after my maternal grandmother’s funeral service.

My grandmother, a self-made woman and antiques dealer extraordinaire, taught me the world of antiques. I see her everyday when I glance at the many items given to us by her and proudly displayed throughout our home.


Decorative accents servings as anchors of the fireplace mantel consisted of two of my most treasured treasures. Placed proudly was a vintage rose bowl- an anniversary gift from Dave the Builder.

Spotted it in a friend’s antiques store, I commented to Dave how I wished I could find one similar to it in our treasure-hunting rounds. As soon as I opened the anniversary gift and saw the rose bowl I knew its new home would be on the fireplace mantel.

Of course, this was before my graceful handling resulted in its chip and crack demise.


On the other end of the mantel was the Hull Magnolia ewer that originally belonged to Dave the Builder’s paternal grandmother.


In Dave’s bachelor days he used the ewer as a doorstop; a doorstop!

Dearest Dave,

This is an exquisite, mint condition piece of American pottery.  Please visit your local home improvement store for all your doorstop needs.

Your forever decorista,


Classic American antique pieces fit the period, style, and design of the house.


Color palette choices included Sherwin Williams Mint Condition and Fired Brick.



Photos cast an altogether different color.


Sherwin-Williams Fired Brick carried on to the first color draft of our dining room in our present home.

Proper lighting plays a pivotal role in realizing true color reads.


Trends of late have ushered us towards painted furniture, neutrals as color, and new traditional modern furnishings.


They say you can’t go back, but you can remain true to your personal interior design and decor style without apology or comparison. It’s called decorating with what you love.


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