Friday, March 25, 2011

Imperfections vs. Patina ~



When I first started decorating, I wanted everything to be perfect....

A perfect coffee table with no scratches, a perfect frame with no chipped edges, no distressed paint, no tattered edges, no staining...and certainly no rust!!

I only wanted perfection....

I look around me now and see that things have changed... 
Really changed!!

Somewhere down my decorating path

I started seeing imperfections as "patina"...

Here's a sampling of the patina from my family room... All these photos show vintage items that have the original patina that comes from years of use.... All authentic patina!!


Lovely lady garden statue that graces my family room,,,

She doesn't need any botox...
I think her weathered appearance is priceless...


Years and years of outdoor elements 
creates perfection
at least in my eyes.
Her paint looks chippy but is not flaky...

When bringing garden items in, if the paint is flaking off, you can get spray paint called "Clear Coat" which will preserve surface and keep the paint intact... Be sure to get "flat" not gloss!


Old wood table
probably Italian...



Scratched and worn from years of use...


It only gets better with time...


This concrete piece is an old column topper...

It is wonderfully decayed and while Restoration Hardware is now reproducing them,  you just can't beat the real thing!

I purchased this from my good friend Jennifer 
years and years ago...

You can see this in my mast photo which Jennifer took when she photographed my home for Cottage of the Month back in August 2010. CLICK HERE FOR A TOUR


I have lots of different sized candles on top that were all purchased at Target. I love their unscented candles and they are long lasting and cheap!


When I was a young bride, 
I would have never displayed dripping candles 
or thought wax fragments were pretty... 
but now...
PERFECTION...


These tattered book edges show history 
that they have been loved and well read... 

With all our electronic devices 
(Kindles, Nooks, iPad, Sony Reader)
I fear that books will be a thing of the past...

Please stop ripping the covers off of your books!


An old oil painting with some bumps and bruises...


and scratches....
only adds to it's charm!


Old brown transferware.... 
YUM!!!!


The staining and crazing may turn some collectors away...
but not me...

The more the better !!


I love using old chamber pots as plant containers...
Buy a topiary and slip it in...

when you water your plant, 
the saucer is already built right in!


Mine happens to have a big hairline crack...
oh well...

It doesn't show!


Wicker baskets at my house are not perfect
broken wicker is completely acceptable at my house...


My old door turned into a floor mirror...



Lots of chippy paint
but lots of character...


Rusty crusty hinges make it extra special
at least in my opinion!


Old pickle jar with glass bubbles and a crooked neck
sits on an antique floral plant holder...


Vintage tole with original paint is my favorite...


Another garden element...


This concrete dove is so sweet...


A chippy metal tole basket made into a lamp....


Tarnished silver holding a succulent...


This antique wicker table has loads of distressing 
which has happened naturally over time..


And a stained oak top is full of water marks 
and even has some cigarette burns (not mine!)


An old brass knob has a warm mellow patina from time...



A naturally rusted old bird cage...


Lots of rust and patina on this piece... 
I love to collect antique cages of all sizes 
and did a post on them that you can read HERE


This old chandelier was purchased for $20 
at my favorite Wednesday Flea Market


Very chippy and dirty
I did very little cleanup to it.

I like the dirt
who knew?

I added the vintage bulb covers which I found at a little thrift store. The bulb cover pack looked like it had never been used. I was really lucky this chandy only needed three bulb covers because the pack was missing one!


This is a 100+ pound metal pediment that I purchased to hang over my kitchen sink. It turned into quite a production to hang it. It was so heavy it required two men just to hold it up. A big wood support had to be bolted into the wall studs and then this pediment was bolted into the wood support. I didn't end up putting it over the sink... why? Well, I have been known to move things around (just a little) and once this pediment was up, there was no moving it. Ever. I wasn't sure about the kitchen location... so I had to pick a safer spot. It now is mounted on the wall over my family room hutch. It's hung at a height to make it looks as though it's propped on top but I assure you that in Earthquake country this thing is bolted! You can click the following photo to enlarge...




An authentic grain sack made into a pillow...
This beauty is from 3 Fine Grains


Years of real use 
makes this grain sack stained and worn 
but full of rich history....


I have some Restoration Hardware imitation pillows
but nothing compares to the real thing...


What do you know....
my old crate became another magazine holder...
I need a 12 step program for my magazine addiction!


Old antique pictures...


With old wavy glass
and sun drenched mats...


and chippy frames!!


There is a special story about this picture...  

You know when you are at the flea market and you are debating about buying something? Well, that was me with this picture. But I didn't buy it and I regretted it so.... I just couldn't get it out of my mind. Any flea market junkie can tell you a story about the "one that got away".. That night I called my friend, Cheryl, and I was telling her about the picture I didn't buy and how it was haunting me. I described it to her and she told me "I bought that picture today at the flea market, I have it right here".  Problem was, she wasn't ready to part with it...just yet... but Cheryl's an antique dealer so I knew that eventually she would be selling it... and she did... to me... and I love that picture!! It is my VERY FAVORITE of all my antiques in my entire house!!

Okay, this post is getting long so let's wrap it up...

So, as you can see there is a lot of chippy, worn, battered, peeling, rusty, weathered patina going on in just one room. I generally find that it works really well with smaller pieces and accessories. Most of my big furniture items, such as the hutch, coffee table, couch and chair are not antiques so the balance {for me} is just right. I'm not sure I would be comfortable having everything shabby and worn.  I like to mix old and new...

How about you? 
When you look at a vintage item

do you see 

PATINA 

or do you see 

IMPERFECTIONS??

Do you love rust or hate it?

Does chippy paint make your heart sing? 

Do you ever look at an item and think 

"That's not patina, that's just junk?"

Tell me !!

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77 comments:

White Ironstone Cottage said...

Beautiful post
I love the feel of the vintage patina, the time worn and well LOVED things that make a house a real home
xo
Pam

Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia said...

I just love looking at pictures of your house. Funny how before kids everything for me was perfect. Now with three boys If I can buy the piece already distressed and scratched all the better :)
Hope you have a great weekend!
XO
Kristin

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Hi Marcy! I love patina and some ditressing. A little rust never bothers me. I don't think I would want every single item in my home to be overly distressed though. Thanks so much for joining the party.
Hugs,
Sherry

Red Door Home said...

I see patina and not imperfections. Love all the beautiful items you featured. There truly is nothing like the real thing.

Lou Cinda @ Tattered Hydrangeas said...

Beautiful Marcy!! I LOVE patina and rust and weathered....I always think about the stories these pieces could tell!

I mix old and new too!

Just GORGEOUS!

Lou Cinda :)

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Beautiful post girl..and I love all things that have age to them..Give me an antique any day..I have a house full of this great stuff..Hope you have a great day on your piece of Calif. my friend..Hugs and smiles Gloria

Mary C. said...

Thanks for sharing!

Martina said...

Hi Marcy, I just love your beautiful home!! I too love things that are distressed, rusty , and chippy and love to add pieces like that through out my home too. You have so many beautiful pieces I would love to shop your home!! Have a great weekend, Martina

SHERRY HART said...

YOU are so right with that....I want original and old now for sure!

thecrankyqueen said...

You did a great job on the writing and pics for this blog! Kuddos for u! I love all your rusty, dingy, peely, chippy, etc...I do have a funny story about my youngest friend who started junking with us (there is about 6 in our group)...we were in an antique store one cold Feb day and she said out loud to 2 of us (in the presence of the shop owner) "I don't know if it's antique or just old and ugly!" We hooted and now our group wants to make t-shirts with that saying. thanx for sharing & come on over to my blog to see some vintage Easter decorations...tiff

Red Gate Farm said...

It's fortunate when one comes to love a little patina! With a husband and son that are none too careful as well as three dogs, patina, chippy, scratched, banged up, battered... etc. is what it's all about :) And after looking at that grain sack pillow I'm upset I passed up a sack the other day!

~Chris

Marigene said...

Marcy, you have a wonderful collection of patina! There is so much more character to something old with a patina than something new and shiny. I am happy when someone passes over the patina and goes for the shiny! I guess that is why I shop the thrift/second hand stores and shy away from the anchors at the mall.
Have a great weekend!

Cozy Little House said...

I love things that have been "loved already till they show some wear." Now the biggies like PB and such have figured out our love of this. You and me both on the magazines! Yep, years ago I wouldn't have wanted anything "chippy!"
Brenda

salmagundi said...

Great examples of authentic patina. I'm still working on my 'perfection' problem, but I'm getting there!! Sally

Susan said...

I adore your imperfections that are perfections!

Tammy said...

I love it ALL! and can't imagine ever buying something for my home that doens't have rust, chippy paint or a crack! Your home is beautiful...one can see that you love it very much!
The door made into a mirror is my favorite!
Happy Weekend!
Tammy :-)
JUNK WILD

Rustic and White said...

Absolutley gorgeous pics and home. I too see patina...as your other followers have mentioned that with all the living we do in our lives imperfections are natural. I love to look at all these items and wonder about the history they could tell if they could talk. I am loving decorating my house with these types of items that my husband and I purchanse through auctions, flea markets and garage sales. Like you said the big items are new and the rest are worn and well loved.
Cheers!
Carrie

Sarah said...

Beautiful room and beautiful post. I, too, appreciate the patina of time. ~ Sarah

Sue said...

I think we have very similar style. I have nice "new" furniture but lots of chippy accents, rusted stuff and old unpolished silver pieces. Just in a new home and trying to make it all work in a more modern home is fun! We are getting there!

Deserae said...

You have so many beautiful treasures with patina! I always love seeing your home....it is gorgeous :o) Have a great weekend!
~Des

Faded Charm said...

So I think you already know that I'm a rust lovin' girl. I do believe my chalkboard would look fabulous in your wonderful home, but not sure that I'll ever part with this one. I love to find people who I have so much in common with and I loved this post about all your imperfections....which to me are "Perfect":)

Have a wonderful weekend.

Kathleen

oh yvonne said...

Great post! Fun to read! I love all those decorator terms ou use.... Patina! Chippy! Happy words, beautiful home.

Jane said...

If it's rusty, chippy, dirty, worn....I love it!! You have some beautiful pieces in your gorgeous home!!
Jane

Suzanne@Meridian Road said...

I love rust, grunge and chippy paint! And I could look at your photos all day!

sarah atmyyellowhouse said...

I could look at picutres of your home all day...you have the most amazing mix of wondeful things! I love anything worn, rusty and chippy. I feel more comfortable around them and I love that they have a past. Right off the shelf at a big store is not for me.
You have some beautiful old things!!! I agree, stop tearing off the covers of the books! :)

Polly said...

Your home is lovely and filled with so many wonderful treasures! I like to mix new and old together throughout my house. Years of use give things such a story!

Pamela Gordon said...

I love all the elements in your home - it is very beautiful and I think you have some great 'treasures' there. Treasures that are special to the owner, that have history, that are well loved, used and worn. I'm with you on that. I have a lot of 'old treasures' in my home too and don't mind showing them off. Some of my friends think I'm a little 'off' because I like old things. LOL It's me! And I love it. Have a great weekend! Blessings, Pamela

High Street Cottage said...

Marcy, that column topper was what drew me to your blog, the tour at Jennifer's. I just love your home. Now for patinas, well, I have always loved old things. I remember looking at items at yard sales and thrift shops and a friend or even my husband would say..."it's got scratches, or chips" etc. And I would say "it's called country charm". Because to me, it added so much to each and every piece. I don't think it's been said better than in your post here. Well done, my dear. xxx tami

Marguerite said...

Thank you for this wonderful post. We are definitely collectors in this house and seem to see patina in everything! Unfortunately some of these items seem to sit and gather dust while I try to figure out what to do with them. Your ideas are wonderful and now I know my old gardening magazines will have a perfect home in one of the old apple crates that have been waiting to be put to use.

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Oh I just LOVE your patina!! I don't see any imperfections there at all!! :)While I have some reproductions, and of course not everything is old and antique in my house- If something looks too perfect and pristine and pretty... it just doesn't have the same character, warmth and feeling. I love patina on everything- the chippier the better and plus, when things are looking distressed at sales, you can usually negotiate a bit more because others see the items as flawed... insanity! Your house is gorgeous! Thanks for sharing at FNF! :)

Ruthie said...

Hi Marcy.
Loved your post. As always.
Hey, I notice you have healthy ivies. Mine, every month or so, get infested with spider mites. Any secrets to keeping me from running out every two months and buying new ones? I've heard of spraying them with soap and water. Just wondering what you do.
Thanks,
Ruthie

Olive Cooper said...

Oh my goodness, I love this post. Mine and Joe's manta is "we embrace imperfection" and we truly must living one half the time in a pre-civil war house that is tumbling down. We love old things with history and crazing. I would never tear a cover from a book...I shudder.

Jodie said...

I love things with patina and a history. Every scratch tells a story. I often wonder where the piece came from and who owned it before me. Great post! I'll be following from the nest ecletcic.
Jodie

Didi said...

Gorgeous post, gorgeous home...thanks so much for sharing!

Dear Lillie said...

Love looking at all of your photos and I am a patina girl all the way! (Which is a good thing when you have a wild two year old adding to the patina on a daily basis - haha!)

Anonymous said...

This is a good blog. Keep up all the work. I too love blogging and expressing my opinions. Thanks

FRENCH LAUNDRY said...

I love patina, but not too much on every single piece. I debated forever today on a piece that was definitely new, but still cute, because it WASN'T old and chippy. SO, I guess I like it a little rusty and crusty to prove it had a life before. Much more interesting, I think!

Judy

Richard Cottrell said...

Imperfections are what makes Antiques so wonderful. Thanks for sharing. RC and S at My Old Historic House

Debra@Common Ground said...

It IS amazing how maturity brings the acceptance and love of the "imperfect". Thank you for a wonderful post, and for linking up with VIF!
hugs,
Debra

Anonymous said...

Really Gr8 ! Thanks For sharing..

Stephanie said...

Marcy I LOVE, LOVE all of your patina - you already know I adore the tarnished silver and transferware!!

janet said...

Loved the beauty of the imperfections...how do you get drool out of a laptop keyboard????

Beauitful post...thanks for sharing your lovely treasures with us.

Janet xox

http://theemptynest-janet.blogspot.com/

Fishtail Cottage said...

love peeking over here at your blog - adore seeing all you vintage touches throughout your home! xoxo, tracie

Josefa Lunares said...

su casa es adorable tanto con cosas nuevas como con cosas viejas. la adoro.bss josefa.

Cheryl said...

Hi Marcy,
I just stumbled onto your blog and absolutely love it...I've just become your newest Follower and added your blog to my sidebar. I'm another lover of rust and chippy paint...the more, the better!
Can't wait to see what you come up with to post about next...
Cheryl at My Sister's Cottage

yvette said...

I love patina and your home is just beautiful. Every item seems to have it's own beauty and story, and that's what makes a 'home'.Just lovely!yvette@twistedvines

Maddie Kertay said...

Patina baby.... I am all about a piece that has a story.. not to mention that it is a much more relaxing way to live as the mother of a whole heard of children!

Love your home!

Maddie - the D.A.

CIELO said...

A delightful tour! Thanks for participating in Show off Your Cottage Monday and bringing me here!

Cielo

Sue said...

Isn't it funny how our tastes change and we learn to appreciate the vintage patina of antiques and found items? I certainly appreciate the worn look of many items, whereas 20 years ago, I would have sold things off or given them away because they were "flawed." ~ Sue

Handy Man, Crafty Woman said...

Love imperfections! :-) and yes, I love old books, too. I just can't see why anyone would want a Kindle. I just don't get it! I appreciate electronics (I'm typing this on my laptop, lol!), but I want to FEEL paper pages in my hands.

Pam @ Our Adventures in Home Improvement said...

I'm a fan of things with patina. And I love so many of the things you posted here!
My husband made me a dining table about 12 years ago. We wanted it to look kind of beaten up and got a kick out of "adding character" to it everytime we'd nick it up or scratch it. :)

Thanks for sharing.

Pam

Michelle @Shellsshabbyshack said...

I love pieces that look like they have a story to tell. You can't beat the time worn look on old french tables, books and architectural pieces. So much character! You have a beautiful home!
Michelle

Carolyn@SweetChaos said...

Love patina! It adds so much character. Your home is beautiful. Came over from My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia, and I'm your newest follower :)

Pam said...

I'm with you girl! I love the antique stores that have less than perfect antiques in them. The more flawed, rusted and chippy the better. Now, I can't say my husband enjoys my taste, but it's growing on him. And yes, when I was younger I only wanted the nice things.

Cindy said...

Hi,
I have learned to appreciate patina. I love your living room, very interesting and beautiful, filled with well loved items.
Hugs, Cindy

Yvonne@StyleBurb said...

It is so much easier to actually live with things that are not perfect. Imperfections equal character, I think! I love your beautiful collection of antique pieces. I want that grain sack pillow!

Jane@Cottage at the Crossroads said...

It's a bit like people, don't you think? I'm hoping people think my imperfections equate character.

Vintage Home said...

Everything in your home makes my heart go pitter patter!.So I can safely say I love patina!

Sjn said...

I love this post... I have rust in my home too. I think rust makes things more homey and gives it character (as long as it's not rusted through that is!)
I've set old chairs out in my garden to use as flower stands, they're great too, at least for awhile until they've rotted apart. ;-)

Pat said...

I love authentic patina!!

I agree about the old book covers. I don't mind the paper backs with the covers falling apart, but I refuse to rip apart a beautiful old hard cover book. That type of bookbinding art isn't found these days.

Becca said...

Isn't it funny how our decorating styles/definitions evolve? I, too, used to seek perfection in my decorating ... now, I love the patina! *Becca*

The Hopeless Romantic said...

How beautiful, i really enjoyed the post. U have some really beautiful pieces. Seems i remember ur lovely home from "cottage of the month", right? Im still in love with it, was one of my favorites. Have a wonderful day......................Bonnie

Pamela said...

Lovely post!
Everything is so beautiful...love that grain sack pillow!!

Designs By Pinky said...

I am so glad I found you again!!! I love your beautiful home! The balance you have created is perfect! Great story about the painting. I will follow you again....XO, Pinky PS, please consider coming over and following me too!

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

I started out buying "junk" or as some would say, "you want that old piece?", when I was a new bride, almost 42 years ago. People didn't understand my obsession with old, chippy and worn back then but I kept on buying. Pretty soon it wasn't long before people would come into my home and say things like "your home is so cozy and warm and elegant and it's so "YOU". And "where did you find these fabulous pieces?" My Mom could not understand why I loved old farm implements since she grew up on an old farm. But now it's the thing and there are dozens of magazines devoted to it. Sooooo....I guess the whole point of this comment is to say I absolutely adore your home and it's decor! :) And it's nice to meet you. Came by way of Sherry's blog.

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Hi Marcy! I found your blog through Sherry at No Minimalist Here. You have a beautiful home and I love all your patina'd objects! It's funny how our views change over time. I'm sure many years ago I was looking for the same perfection, but I guess I grew to appreciate things for what they were. Which I think we all do.

Emily said...

hi, happened onto your blog page and was delighted. I took the tour of your home and its just lovely. I love your grain sack pillow, perfect for the chair.

~Emily
The French Hutch

LL from KS said...

I just found your blog and love it! I just spent the last hour or so going back and reading your blog from the very beginning. Your home is so cozy and inviting. Your pictures are wonderful! So glad I found you!

Kathy said...

Love the patina- you are simply dripping in it!
Kathy

Kymberly Foster Seabolt said...

I love your blog. Truly. Your style is gorgeous!

I am definitely looking forward to following you for MORE!

Simply Bungalow said...

Your home is beautiful and I couldn't agree more with the love of history and patina. Amazing post.
~Heidi

Shabby Vintage Junk said...

Oh I Love LOVE L-O-V-E your 'patina'....Each & every piece is sheer PERFECTION....!!!

You would need to keep a CLOSE eye on me if I came to visit....Especially if I was carrying a tote....hahahahaha....!

Cheers,
Tamarah :o)

Alabaster Rose Designs said...

Oh my,
Your house is spectacularly beautiful!!! I love all of your chippy treasures, so fabulous!
Wishing you a lovely week.
Sincerely,
Melinda

Alison @ The Polohouse said...

Hi Marcy!
I am giving away a couple little pieces of transferware.
Come by and sign up.
:)
xx
Alison

Gypsy Brocante said...

"chippy, worn, battered, peeling, rusty, weathered patina ... "

I'm right there with ya!!

Gorgeous items!
xo
Jill

Sam @ The Junk House said...

I just found your blog and I'm lovin' it! I can't wait to go back and read your older posts. I love that concrete column topper. I want one! I love old books too. I'll never give up books for a Kindle!

Sam
thejunkhouse.blogspot.com

Junker Newbie Stephanie said...

Not sure why I'm just now seeing this post in my feed but am glad I did! Love it all but my favorite is the door turned mirror!

I've been on a similar path...I used to think everything needed to be brand new and perfect but now I LOVE the imperfections/patina/rust etc.

Thanks for sharing all the lovely photos!

Stephanie