What’s old is new again . . . Recycle, repurpose, reuse . . . Old is the new New
Exciting Windows by Kim Lyon is all about this trend. In fact, several years ago we did a few projects based on this theme but one we did recently, prompted us to share with you today.
Lots of us have memorabilia that we just can’t seem to part with. We may have some of our own from our younger years, or our children’s from sports teams, activities, interests and clubs. We may also have items that belonged to dearly departed loved ones who left us with these special items. Maybe you lived in another place for a while and brought meaningful treasures back with you. The norm years ago would be to keep the items in a trunk, display them in a shadow box or just store them in a box in the attic. Currently we are seeking ways to display and use them in our home.
You have more than likely seen the popular t-shirt quilt that repurposes lots of same themed shirts into one comfy cozy bed cover.
But have you ever thought to use them as a window treatment? Why stop with the quilt when you can use additional panels for pillows, and a top treatment?
Varsity letters, patches, and 3D objects can very easily be added to a Cornice board.
One of our clients had us mount her father’s golf club to a cornice board we made for their home office. Now they have a large part of his life in theirs every day.
Recently we worked with designer Megan Holtz from Restored Treasures on window treatments for a bedroom. The young man is an avid hunter and fisherman, currently studying in the forestry and wildlife field. In the photos below you will see a piece of cowhide hanging on the wall behind the bed. We took small pieces of cowhide and inserted them into the grommets detailing the leather cornice boards, unifying the room design.
Previously we used an Obi for window treatments. An obi is a sash used in traditional Japanese dress, part of kimono outfits or a keikogi worn for Japanese martial arts. A man’s will be only about 4 inches wide, but a woman’s can be up to 12 inches wide and 13 feet long. Early on the obi was not as wide as fashion has it today.
It was traditionally tied in the front but with the wider ones of today, side and back knots are the style. The obi doesn’t actually keep the kimono closed -there are undersashes and ribbons used to do that. Often there are stiffeners and ribbons used to keep the obi’s shape and decoration constant. Young ladies that are not married display the fancy colorful brocade obi that may often cost more than the entire outfit by itself. The obis we added to these window treatments create a wonderful statement in the home of their owner.
Into martial arts and have several colored belts you aren’t sure how to display? We think they would make a colorful cornice board for a bedroom or home office. Do you have a boy scout with lots of patches – why not attach them to a cornice board for added texture, color and pattern?
Need more ideas for your memorabilia? – Contact Us today for a free in home consultation to help repurpose some of your family memorabilia – 513-398-5798 or email@example.com