Saturday, August 26, 2017

"Beauty is

in the eye of the beholder."

Variations of this phrase actually date to the 3rd century scribed in Greek, but the person who is credited with the phrase as we know it is an Irish 19th century romantic fiction novelist, Margaret Wolfe Hungerford.  In an 1878 novel Molly Brown there is that line.

What started me on this thought was either the 5th or 6th article I read about the children and grandchildren of the baby boomers who want nothing to do with the "stuff" decorating their childhood homes, stored in attics and basements.  As baby boomers downsize (do not think of my shop!), what to do?  The number of Americans ages 65 and older is projected to more than double, from 46 million to over 98 million by 2060, according to a 2016 report by the nonprofit, Washington, D.C.-based Population Reference Bureau.   And so, where to send those Hummels, Grandma's fine china, Mom's crystal for special occasions.

I was looking at some art that my friend Nancy was posting from her co-op at Capt Scraps Attic .  Look at this print...
How wonderful for not just a beach home but also a child's room.  If you start a child out early with a touch of old, he or she may have that thought in the memory.  You do not have to overwhelm...just a touch...or how about her...
You do not need to decorate in a total antique motif, but just a touch in a hall or on a lone wall.  I think the collecting mania created addictions.  Just one more rolling pin or Beanie Baby (do not lie...bet some of you still have containers in the attic!).  Of course, shows like The Hoarders did not help to scare off the younger generations!  

Suppose you do have a shore home...rather than Boardwalk buys, look at some interesting "water" subject art.  Even this group of three would make a nice motif on a wall, and we are not talking Sotheby prices...


Consider what a vintage piece does to ground a room so to speak.  Again, no need to have 40 pieces of art or pottery...perhaps just 3 will give a sense of history and cause someone to pause and look.

As one article directed at baby boomers says,  "Our grown-up children refuse to be defined by their possessions. Isn’t that a good thing? Didn’t we snub our noses during the 60’s at people for being too attached to material possessions? Our children have become independent adults now, making their own decisions and creating their own lifestyle – not copying ours. Isn’t that what we raised them to do?"

So minimalism is not all bad...collecting has become selecting...and there is nothing wrong with that!

“Priceless things matter not for their value, but because they offer us an enduring reminder of stability and permanence.”  
~Barbara Bradford, Power of a Woman
 

1 comment:

Mona Moore said...

Hi, Susan, The second picture, the girl in the bonnet, is from my booth at Capt. Scrap's. It was given to me by my grandmother when I was a little girl, and it hung in my bedroom all through my childhood. It's been sitting in a closet for a long time, and I thought maybe it was time to find it a new home. But it's been there for a while, and now your column is making me feel really sad that no one wants her. I may have to go pick her up tomorrow and bring her home.

Mona