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Feb 18, 2011

{Keys and Knobs}

  
I've been collecting antique-looking keys and doorknobs for a few years now...hoping that one day I could do something really cool with them. I've just been tucking them away in a trunk, but never knowing how to display them properly.

Then one day I was checking out one of my favorite blogs, Joys of Home, and I saw that Joy had the most gorgeous display of keys and knobs and keyholes!


I fell in love with it and decided it was time to make my own wall display. One of the things I love best about Joy's display is the dark wall color with the light accessories...but, unfortunately that wasn't an option for my space, so I had to go for the opposite look on the light-colored wall of my living room.



They are hung above my stack of trunks. I love old trunks...and the more beat-up they are the more attracted I am to them. I like to imagine what they were once used for and about the lives of their previous owners.

The bottom one was an awesome craigslist find, the middle one was a $5 steal at a consignment shop, and the top one actually belonged to my husband's great uncle, Clay, who fought in WWI...it's one of the few real antiques in my house that has some rich family history and that makes me love it so much more.

So there you have it, my own display of knobs and keys. The strangest things make me really giddy sometimes.

--Tammy

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16 comments:

Kara @ Mine for the Making said...

Gorgeous! Totally my style?

Kara @ Mine for the Making said...

PS- that was supposed to be a period not a question mark :)

The Cottage Chick said...

I love this! You have done a great job of displaying and then the stack of trunks underneath is a perfect addition. Thanks for sharing. I headed over because of Tatertots and Jello's link up.

Denise

Tanya said...

That looks awesome! What a great collection :)

Joy said...

I love your display but I found it hard to take my eyes off that beautiful stack of trunks below it.
What a gorgeous vignette!!!

Joy said...

PS
Thank you for mentioning me and linking to my blog!!

Susan in SC said...

Collecting doorknobs reminds me of Aunt Clara on the old Bewitched episodes. She always carried around a bag full of door knobs that she collected. I really like what you did with your keys and knobs.

Beth said...

That is beautiful! I love it. Thanks for sharing. :D

Tammy said...

i love keys,knobs and trunks,this is agreat collection. I would love it if you shared this at my party on wednesday.

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Lissa (The Wedding Bistro at Bellenza) said...

What a fabulous display you've created!

Michelle@Somedaycrafts said...

THis is gorgeous! I am featuring this at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com. Grab my "featured" button.

alba said...

DH & I love to go on The Aunt Clara hunt she's the one that got me Started on my collection, I love the display you made.
Thankyou.Ann

Modern Wivelyhood said...

This is awesome, I posted it on a few of my favorite tutorials of the week here: http://modernwivelyhood.blogspot.com/2011/02/few-of-my-favorite-tutorials_20.html
Thanks for sharing!

Michelle Life Buy The Beach said...

love your trunks......so much!

Jennifer said...

What a great collection, and I about fell out of my chair when I saw your trunks... they are so cool, and look great with those keys and knobs! I featured you today on my wall art round up :)

http://sunshineandchaucer.blogspot.com/2011/02/wall-decor-round-up.html

~Rosanne said...

Love this! I could see this on my wall, definaly my style.

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