Growing up, I already appreciated the beauty of silver.

My mom and I lived with my grandparents in their home in Europe, and grandmama had beautiful silver.

 

 

 

The most precious silver she had {in my child’s eyes at least} was the silver tea pot that sat on her large tea table. Imagine how thrilled I was when I inherited her pot when she passed away.

 

{ It should not have been a surprise, I let her know at a very young age I really, really, really loved it! }

 

 

 

 I love that I learned how to use and decorate with silver from her.

 

I adore a beautiful display of silver. You know the ones, set “just so” on a shelf behind glass doors. And there is nothing wrong with that!

 

 

 

But I’ll be honest, I just love to see antique and vintage silver used, many of these pieces have survived over 100 years, and they want to live a little!

 

They want to feel like they are part of the beautiful h o m e you live in.

And mix a little with the every day pieces.

 

 

Silver is stunning, especially when it’s used as part of your home’s decor.

 

 

Adding just a touch of silver brings elegance and sophistication to a room.

It doesn’t matter if they are silver heirlooms you inherited, or heirlooms you bought

{hopefully from FrenchGardenHouse! } for the generations after you –

 

 

 

Try to find everyday uses for your silver so their beauty, history and stories are part of your home.

Here are a few of my favorite ways to add silver to our everyday life and interior.

 

 

 

EVERYDAY DECORATING IDEAS FOR ANTIQUE SILVER

1. GROUP TOGETHER AS A COLLECTION.

 

If you have several silver pieces, show them off as a group. A collection of silver objects makes a much bigger statement than little pieces put here and there.

 

A group of silver objects together are a show stopper!

 

 

On my vanity in our bedroom, I used to have two silver clothes brushes, which did look very nice.

 

Now, though, “after” I decided to display and use some more of my silver vanity jars all together.

I think it has more of a “wow” factor.

At least I think so every time I walk into this room!

 

 

 

2. USE FOR FLOWERS.

 

Antique teapots, trophies and “containers” in silver make beautiful vases.

They are way more decorative and eye-catching when filled with flowers.

I use silver baskets, trophies, ice buckets, even hotel compotes.

 

Silver baskets are a natural for cradling flowers and greens.

You can either put a small glass container in the center, or use those water “picks” from the florist filled with water for each stem.

 

 

 

This large Hotel Silver Champagne Bucket looks amazing all by itself, but really kicks up her heels when filled with beautiful flowers!

 

 

Used to serve pastries at Hotel Baldwin, this hotel silver compote likes a little floral covering once in awhile for special occasions!

3. GRACIOUS SERVING.

Nothing elevates the style of a drinks tray like silver.  Silver always adds a touch of elegance.

 

You might remember my silver tray with drinks for holiday parties right by our front door?

 

That little gleam of silver catches all the holiday lights, and signals that it’s a festive occasion!

 

A second tray perched on an antique French chair holds the champagne coupes, since I have a really really small entry foyer.

 

 

 

4. DISPLAY A SMALL COLLECTION.

 

A small collection of miniature sterling objects makes a statement when grouped on a tray.

 

These salt cellars are having a fun time on an antique mirrored tray, I added “faux” snow for whimsy…displayed like this on the buffet, it invites each of my guests to choose one to take back to the table.

 

 

For a more casual setting, how about sprinkling some salt on an antique French plate and setting a few of your most favorite salt cellars on top with a spoon?

 

 

Of course silver trays make short work of making any collection look grander than it is.

 

These miniature French Limoges boxes look a treat on this silver tray, don’t they?

 

 

 

I hope I’ve made a case for silver. Use it. Display it. LOVE it!

 

If you’ve got your antique sterling and silver plate pieces stashed somewhere or on display behind glass, now’s the time to take it out.

 

Figure out how you can use it as part of your everyday decor so that you can enjoy its beauty and history on the daily.

 

 

 

I just added some of the most beautiful silver from our last European Buying Trip to the shop.

 

It joins some of my very favorite American silver – together they are ready to decorate your holiday home and tables!

 

 

Each is perfect for this season, and every season after that.

 

If you still want to receive it before Christmas, this is the last shipping week that the elves can get it shipped to you before the holidays!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

{just one of two of these stellar sterling cuffs left for you to hint for!}

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SHOP SILVER

 

I hope you are enjoying decorating your home for the holidays. Not just with special “decorations”, but also with the things you love and use, such as silver!