Now that my book project is coming to a close, I’m preparing to move out of my parents’ house and into my own apartment. Hooray for transitioning to a paying job! My desk is currently covered in kitchen supplies that I’ve slowly been collecting in preparation for the big move, and I couldn’t resist capturing these shiny trinkets in the warm morning light that literally electrifies the orangey-salmon walls of my room.
I’ve never been one for matching, and I’m also a big proponent of finding second hand objects that still have a lot of use left, as opposed to buying cheap new things that I’m either going to tire of and replace or break one day. It’s the magic of thrift and antique shops. We continue to produce so much STUFF, but if you are willing to look hard enough, chances are you will find that what you are looking for already exists, better made and far more fabulous than anything ikea can manufacture.
I’ve decided that my flatware is going to be a mish-mash of antique silver plate services, and so far I’ve found these 6 tea spoons. By far, the best place to go for antique silver in RI is Benefit Street Antiques in Providence, which is (confusingly) now on Wickenden street. Marion, the owner, assembles collections of spoons, forks and knives where she can, but also sells one-offs at very reasonable prices. I paid about $4 for each spoon. In addition to being one of the sweetest and most friendly antique store owners I’ve ever encountered, she has an exquisite eye for antiques that range from furniture and linens to silver and china, and she focuses on 18th and 19th century pieces.
On an entirely different aesthetic tangent, the candlesticks are mid-century modern Danish design. I found these at a new antique store in Littleton, NH called Just L. The two owners, Lance and Greg, have a great sense of funky and fun modern, and mix in knick knack antiques with useful things like furniture, lamps, mixing bowls and sets of glassware in their shop, which is idyllically located in the old grist mill building right on the Ammonoosuc River. Greg brings his experience working as the former creative director of Garnet Hill to the business, and Lance is an incredible wealth of information when it comes to mid century design. If you ever make it up to that region, be sure to stop in, and leave plenty of time to chat because they are incredibly outgoing and interesting to talk to.
Lately I’ve been really intrigued by modern aesthetics, and I envision my apartment as a blend between my old-world Newport upbringing, the 18th century house I will be living in and my new love of things like goose neck lamps, barcelona chairs, sheepskin and cacti. Despite the vast range of design influence among these spoons and candlesticks, I think they work very well together, and I’m taking it as a good sign that my apartment period mash-up plans will work as well!
PS- beneath the glass top of my desk I created a backdrop of old scholarly articles and journals. One day in college, while dumpster diving in the bins between the List Art Center and the John Hay library, Gillian and I discovered about 500 of these old published papers which the Hay was getting rid of. Who knows why they were being thrown out, maybe they had been digitalized, or maybe their content had been rendered completely obsolete. I carried a stack about 2 feet high home with me that night!