Big chunky, silver jewelry is the perfect summer sparkle to pair with that sexy maxi dress, a great tan and some fabulous hot pink lipstick, it’s also a great metal to collect and display at home for summer. Imagine a collection of silver vases grouped on the fireplace mantel or a fabulous mismatched grouping of silver candle sticks on top of the dresser. We are always on the hunt for fabulous silver pieces to use at home and at our client’s homes- we shop eBay, flea markets, garage sales, auctions, vintage shops and our client’s basements for unwanted, overlooked silver treasures.
So go shopping, drop by a antique shop, pull into an estate sale or spend Saturday at a flea market and keep a design-savvy eye peeled for silver. We love mis-matched sets so just start collecting; it’s the colour of the metal itself that will unify the grouping. For us, a proper group is three or more, preferably seven, nine or even fifteen pieces all displayed together. Once you have a group started you can really start to get creative. For example, with your candle stick collection you can use all different colour of candles to modernize and up the design sizzle or how about dipping the bottom thirds and two thirds in high gloss white paint or even a shade of hot pink-to match your lipstick. Now this is starting to get creative!!! Be sure to consider grouping candle bases, bowls, picture frames, urns and vases all in the same group- truly mix it up.
Now start to imagine all the places you could put this collection to work, location can be as creative as how you choose to display your silver collection: let’s consider outside on the patio table, on top of an armour, in the powder room on top of the vanity or behind the toilet, amongst the books in your library, in the foyer or on an open shelf in the kitchen. The great thing about silver is that it will actually help reflect light, similar to the way a mirror would, which of course, adds the ‘bling’ any glamour-seeking room needs. Designers employ metals to add texture and shine.
Here are a couple of ideas that you can incorporate into your ‘silver display’. On the patio deck or on top of the patio table set a large silver punch bowl or wide mouth urn and then coil a thick dock rope inside, fill the bowl with beach sand and then set in a few seashells or fill the silver urn , bowl or tray with succulent plants or Irish moss. Silver bowls could also be filled with glass balls, beach pebbles or concrete or even rope balls. We often plant small cedar topiaries in urns as well for amazing center pieces. An old silver ice bucket especially the insulated kind with a lid is a great storage container that can be left out side filled with your lip balm and sun products.
Vintage brooches and scarf pins can be pinned into the center of pillar candles for a fabulous one of a kind look. For extra ease, warm up the tip of the pin before pushing it into the candle.