This is the final post in our series on how to find inspiration for design. We are drawing inspiration from a design trend we are seeing more of in 2023 — designing with meaningful objects. There has been a slight shift away from minimalism towards a more balanced effort to include elements in our homes that bring us joy and meaning in everyday life.
When I think of meaningful objects, I think of pieces you may not typically include in a modern day redesign. Here are a few examples:
- Milk glass from your grandmother
- Doilies from your mother’s first trip to Europe
- Your family’s wooden rocking chair
- Artwork children have gifted you
- A stamp and art collection from your father
- A handmade quilt
- Antique dishes from your great-grandmother
- Military memorabilia from your father’s funeral service
- Still life oil paintings from your great-uncle
- Décor from your mother’s time abroad
- Cross stitch you made with your aunt and cousins as a child
The question is, how can we incorporate these items in a way that doesn’t look disjointed or awkward with the rest of our home design? Let’s see!
Create a coordinated art wall to display children’s art.
Use simple, clean magnetic strips to hang rotating art in your kitchen or a children’s bedroom.
Display a stamp collection in a sleek, modern frame, to pair with office or living room décor.
Use a vintage still life as inspiration for a shabby chic bedroom, office or powder room. Pair it with rich, bold accent colors surrounded by light wood and creamy neutral walls.
Incorporate milk glass in both functional and beautiful ways! Use it as vessel to hold personal items in the bathroom.
Use the milk glass to add greenery to your home, both as planters and vases.
What beloved items that you hold near and dear do you have tucked away in a closet or in the basement that you can bring into your home to make it a space filled with love, warmth and memories each and every day? Where will you break away from trends to create a space that is truly your own, a space that tells your story?
Guest Blogger: Katya Larsen, Stager, A Home Revival