This year I am determined to make some real progress in dealing with the mounds of "stuff" that surround us in our home (most of it mine I must confess). Sometimes in quiet moments, I look around whatever room I am in and try to apply my "divide and rule" principle - what would I keep if I were to get rid of two thirds of my possessions? I am acutely aware that having broken our half century a while back and having no children, as we go forward we should strive to become unencumbered by too many belongings. My little vintage French letter rack above finds itself in the winning third. For several years, mr. brocobelle and I contemplated living in France and spent a lot of time there. One hot summer day we pulled over whilst driving and I ran into a little antiques shop in the middle of nowhere and found my treasured china butterfly rack. One to keep.
Bought last year, thinking it would probably not work and happily proving us wrong, my little deco barometer which neatly stands on a shelf or sideboard is another treasure I will keep.
The standard lamp we made out of an antique camera tripod and a vintage pleated silk shade (amazing what you can achieve when you cannibalise a £2 lamp from Asda for its fittings!) will move with us to the retirement flat (not yet, but you know ...)
And while I am still happily working selling my vintage and crafts and developing my vintage needlecrafts, I will hang on to the divine Edwardian hat covered in silk organza blooms above. Although usually stored away in several acres of acid-free tissue, I will try to recreate the blooms soon - watch this space.
What would you keep?