I love objects that are both utilitarian and beautiful, like the stoneware jug pictured above. I think what draws me to these items for use as design elements in my home is the fact that although we use them decoratively today, their intended use was something far different.
The original owners of objects such as old crocks, jugs, baskets, etc. used them to store things, they were a convenience that they likely paid little attention to from day to day.
Yet on some level they must have thought about their form as well as their function, because they are often just as pretty as they are useful.
I have wanted a wire basket for ages, and silly me, I was so busy snapping pictures while I was in Europe that I didn't bring home a single thing for myself...not even a lovely wire basket! I hate the practical side of myself sometimes, the one who thinks, "oh that will be hard to get home, or do you really need that?!" I sometimes kick myself when I return from someplace special for not picking up things that can only be found in those specific places.
Lucky for me the world is now a global marketplace, and reproductions are everywhere. I'm not a big fan of reproductions, and whenever possible I will always go for the real thing, but this time I made an exception.
A few weekends ago when we went to stay with our daughter, I ventured in to a shop on the way home that I've always wanted to pop into. I had tried several times, but I was traveling through at odd hours and was never able to catch them when they were open.
The shop is called Coco Blanca, and as the name implies, it is filled with wonderful tone on tone items in shades of cream and white that make you want to sell everything you have and start over. They were unloading new merchandise the afternoon Mr. Tide and I stopped in, and I could have picked up a few pieces of furniture, glassware, and even jewelry, had I not been in a hurry to get home to dogs. I did however, pick up the wire basket you see in the photos above. I knew it would be a great prop for photo shoots, and when not in front of my camera, I knew it would serve a useful purpose by holding my veggies and fruits. You have to love something that is both beautiful and serves a purpose in your life!
I will definitely be back to Coco Blanca. I have my eye on a piece that might just work for my dining room makeover...yes I'm busy changing things up in that room...stay tuned!