Decorating Inside the Box
Dawn is the first to admit she never met a cubby, compartment or vintage box she didn’t like.“i honestly can’t explain what attracts me to them,” she says.“i will get in a mood and decide I must have at least 10 of something.” Despite what one might assume, it’s definitely not their usefulness as storage spots that explains Dawn’s penchant for collecting drawered boxes, she notes.“i never put anything in them,” she admits, with a rueful laugh.“if I did, I’d never remember where things were.” She sees them instead as pieces with great decorative potential—and offers the following tips to help you integrate them into your own home:
Keep lower collectibles, such as stacked boxes, from looking bottom heavy by balancing them with other collectibles positioned near the ceiling. Dawn was lucky enough to find the wood sign to the left of the fireplace— once used in a local restaurant—in the garage when they bought the house.
Liven up rooms that feature an abundance of wood and brick elements with unusual accents and antiques, such as a large cabinet with cubbies and furniture with a pleasing pattern, as Dawn did in her great room. Dawn surmises that the oversize cabinet was once used in a country store.“it took four guys to bring it into the house,” she recalls.
Look beyond dings and dents for an item’s inherent appeal, and don’t pass by pieces that need a little repair. The prices are often better and the imperfections can be fixed easily. Dawn recommends old-fashioned mineral oil for reviving wood pieces.
Combine several pieces with compatible finishes to bring about a cohesive look.“i love putting items with the same hue together. It almost makes a new piece of furniture,” Dawn says. Stacking also draws the eye up to show off higher items hung on walls.the stacked items beneath the mantel put the spotlight on Dawn’s salvaged window over the great room fireplace.