Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Tuesday Inspiration: Patina

Campagne Decoration
"Patina is everything that happens to an object over the course of time...

The nick in the leg of a table, a scratch on a tabletop,

the loss of moisture in the paint,

the crackling of a finish or the glaze in ceramics,

the gentle wear patterns on the edge of a plate.

All these things add up to create a softer look, subtle color changes, a character.

Patina is built from all the effects, natural and man-made that create a true antique."
~Israel Sack

The home above, a barn actually in France, defines the word patina. With it's worn finishes, vintage linens and tapestries, and charm of the homeowner's collected objects d'art, it is my pick for "Tuesday Inspiration," something new I'm trying out as part of a weekly series.

So embrace those nicks, covet those scratches and appreciate those worn vintage fabrics. Realize that nothing stays new forever.
Realize that no one stays young forever either. Another reason why I chose "patina" for today's inspiration. As with furniture that has been properly cared for over time, we also acquire a gentle patina as we age. And there is nothing like another birthday to make me realize that!

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Shortbread and Ginger said...

What beautiful pictures! There is something so much more interesting about pieces which have aged beautifully.

AT HOME BLOG said...

Beautiful charming interiors!

On Crooked Creek said...

Lovely post, dear. I'll be back for another look as once won't be enough! Thank you for the patina post today!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Love all that old worn faded chippy patina.

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

So lovely -- from now on...I'll look at my laugh lines as "patina".

Tammy@Beatrice Banks said...

Beautiful photos! I'm happy that my things are no longer worn out. They are full of patina!

Marlis said...

Love this post.. I never thought of myself as well patined! Thank you for the inspiration today. Beautiful photos..

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Lovely post full of inspiration. hugs ~lynne~

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

I love anything worn and old looking.These are beautiful pictures! Have a great day, Martina

Bonnie said...

Delores....Beautiful pics and I
could (and know you could, too)
move right in and be perfectly
happy. Everything I love.
Thanks for the charming post.

Victoria said...

Wow! You dazzle me! I fall in love more and more with your gorgeous blog..everytime I visit! Thanks for sharing your charming-magical world!

Tammy said...

Delores - love the beautiful pictures and your words on patina!
~ Tammy

Linda in AZ * said...

* THANKS! I N*E*E*D*E*D that lovely description today, Delores!!!
Linda, the "Patina'd Lady" in the desert *

Kathy said...

Stunningly beautiful pictures Delores, love coming here for that ahh moment of the day!

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Pinky at Designs by Pinky said...

we also acquire a gentle patina as we age.....OH...so THAT'S what this is, PATINA!!!!! I am so relieved:):):) I just loved the brick and wood stairs! GORGEOUS!!!! Beautiful post and great idea! XO, Pinky

Upscale Downhome said...

There's nothing like real patina on a real antique. I appreciate all the work we do to make newer pieces distressed to give them that feel but there is nothing like REAL age and REAL history to make you love a piece. Thanks for the pictures!

Kathysue said...

Delores this is such a lovely post and I like the idea of Inspiration Tuesdays!!! Every image had me looking at all the details in each vignette.
I think YOUR Patina is beautiful and refined!!! Like a good wine,xo Kathysue

Sarah said...

Delores, these are gorgeous inspiration photos. Love the idea of your Inspiration Tuesdays. You have exquisite style, and I look forward to each new post. Love the thought of patina in our own lives. ;-)

AICO Furniture said...

Very cool interior designs and settings are posted in this blog.

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