Dec­o­rat­ing In­side the Box

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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:

SIGN LAN­GUAGE

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.

WOODN’T YOU?

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.

PER­FECTLY IM­PER­FECT

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.

STACK TIME

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.

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