Usually when I’m out treasure hunting, I know why something catches my eye – qualities like worn wood, rusty metal, chippy paint, etc. But every once in a while, I spot something that speaks to me and I can’t quite make sense of why.
Last fall while browsing the local flea market, I dug a pair of little horse and rider prints from the bottom of a box and could not put them down. The frames were not exactly my style, the prints themselves were not exactly my style, but I wanted to bring them home nonetheless.
“I have no idea why I really like these, but I do.” I told Jordan. Maybe it was the miniature size, or the simplicity, or the colonial feel, I really couldn’t tell you, not even now.
He peeked over my shoulder and responded with something like, “I have no idea why either.” and continued on walking away from the booth.
That was probably my cue to put them down and keep on moving, but instead I stayed behind and negotiated with the vendor. Five dollars later, that quirky little pair of horse and rider prints was all mine.
I wasn’t really sure what to do with them right away, but eventually decided to update them just a bit by painting the frames with a charcoal gray chalk paint. I distressed them a little too, just to allow some of the old frame to peek through, and then hung them in the dining room. Every room needs a little quirk, right?
I still find them a bit odd, and I still don’t know why I like them, but I do kind of love them hanging in here.
Fill your house with things you love – whether they make sense or not – and it will become your home. That’s my take on it, anyway.
You may have also noticed a little change with the table and chairs in the dining room. I removed the table leaf over the weekend and changed the position of the chairs.
So what do you think of these quirky little prints? They’re actually kind of cute with the charcoal painted frames, right?