Friday, September 30, 2011

How Faux Will You Go?

Seems that many of our personal likes and dislikes can be traced to what was in fashion as we grew up.

I had an older flea market friend in the 1970's who couldn't believe I collected Roseville pottery (it was still quite affordable then).
Seems he remembered it scattered on tables in his family's home and his memories of it made him quite immune to the beauty of a piece like this.....

Instead of Roseville I grew up with artificial flowers.
In the early 1960's it was quite common to have arrangements of plastic flowers and wax fruit scattered throughout the house - on sideboards, coffee tables and in out-of-the-way dark spots that were not suitable for plants.

Although much of this decorating trend has since been rejected as just plain tacky, I'll always have a place in my heart and home for those vintage plastic grape clusters.....

At an estate sale quite some time ago I found a wonderful assortment of them in mouth-watering colors, and I knew I was hooked.
Drop them in some vintage wicker, surround with art pottery and candles, and Voila! - Vintage Faux!

I'm off to...
Home Sweet Home
Feathered Nest Friday
Show and Tell Friday
Show Off Your Cottage Monday

Have you reclaimed some special home decor memories of your own?


  1. Hi, from Etsy bloggers team! I recreated some knitted dish towels my grandmother had in her kitchen that I remember as a little girl. Hers were crocheted, but I'm a knitter, so I knitted them.

  2. Totally understand why you'd want to recreate them.
    So many of the wonderful memories, habits and items I have come from weekends spent with my Old World grandmother...

  3. Your faux grapes are such deep lovely colors...just perfect for a vintage vignette!

  4. The Roseville is very pretty. For me, it would be antique kitchen tools - old irons, beaters, but I rarely collected them because of our small home. I'm glad I stopped by from EBT and now I am following you.

  5. Sandy:
    Understand the appeal of antique kitchen tools. I have just started baking again and, since we do not have a food processor, I use an old wire pastry blender to cut butter into flour. The sage green paint on its wooden handle is mostly chipped away, but it fits in my hand so well, and is really comfortable to use.
    Happy you left a comment!

  6. I love Roseville pottery, but have yet to buy a piece. Of course, I come on board when it's expensive! I collect way too many home decor memories! Seriously.

  7. KarenB:
    I agree - the collecting thing is way too easy...
    I've been working on the "Edit" function lately.
    Way harder than it sounds!
    Thanks for leaving a comment...

  8. They are pretty and never sour! Nice collection!
    Thank you for linking it up to Home Sweet Home!

  9. Gorgeous!!! Thanks for linking up at Feathered Nest Friday!

  10. I grew up with Frankoma pottery and never liked it. I see it now in antique stores and still think, meh. I, too, grew up with plastic fruit, and secretly still like it. It's funny how some of those childhood tastes never leave us! Glad I found you on the Etsy Promote Your Blog in a Small World team!

  11. Chickens, angel trumpets and now Roseville pottery!

    We always made an Easter/spring bouquet in the "blue freesia" vase every year when growing up in northern Calif. I eventually bought one for myself on eBay since it's the best vase EVER. And I inherited two small pieces from my husband's grandparents--I just liked them and only later realized they were Roseville. Guess I've never blogged about my Roseville cuties--yet!

  12. OK, I LOVE THE GRAPES!!!!!
    Love them!


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