Things that make you go more than, “hmm”

 

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I love things in a room that are a little bit peculiar or odd or a bit off. Why? They invite inquiry. I’ve written in the past about how your home design should reflect your individual style and taste and how your belongings should tell a story about you, not about where you bought them. Here is a recent example of peculiar items I purchased that tell a story about me.

 

My living room wall sports a huge faux longhorn steer skull above my sofa. It is a calculated focal point featuring an item to which I have a personal connection. I find animal bones fascinating (while many find them creepy). My grandparents, who had a huge influence on me as a designer, had a home in Santa Fe where I spent (and continue to spend) a great deal of time. Bones are considered sacred by both the Hispanic and Native American cultures to honor the spirits of animals. They are also used in ritual dances, along with feather headdresses and costumes. The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe houses many of her paintings of animal skulls and bones. In addition to being arresting in the space, the skull invites a conversation about my personal connection to it, and I get to enjoy people’s reaction to it, good or bad. Yes, I could also tell a story about where I sourced it, but, unless I discovered it in a desert somewhere, that doesn’t make for a particularly interesting story.

 

My pair of horn vases from Jayson Home, bark tray and seed pods from Moss are additional examples of peculiar things in my home that tell a story about me, my husband, our children, and our interests. There are so many stories to tell. What intriguing things do you own that can turn into focal points which invite guests in your home to learn a little about you?

 

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