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Typography and Sign Letters
Typography and Sign Letters
Look around. Letters and graphic symbols are everywhere—vintage signage, letterpress blocks, children’s building blocks, light displays. There bold typographical elements have since become a trendy, decorative element. Prices vary depending on type.Bright Ideas: Personalize an end table display with the family initials or create an artistic vignette with letters and symbols, whether two-dimensional signs arranged on a wall or three-dimensional blocks and letterpresses on an end table.By Rebecca J. Razo Photo by Mark Mendez
Seltzer Bottles
Seltzer Bottles
Seltzer bottles were introduced in the 19th century as a means for dispensing quick spurts of carbonated liquid without having to open and subsequently spoil the carbonation of an entire bottle. Taverns, bars and soda fountains made daily use of seltzer bottles. Still in use today, clear- and colored-glass seltzer bottles are also attractive decorative pieces. Prices range from $28-$75, depending on the piece, manufacturer and age.Bright Ideas: Seltzer bottles from the 1940s and after are safe to use today. Use them in lieu of a standard water pitcher at a dinner party. You can also fill seltzer bottles with colored marbles and use as bookends, or simply create a grouping of bottles filled with fresh flowers or twigs on a coffee table or mantel. You can also use them to replace unattractive plastic watering cans and leave them out next to the houseplants for decoration.By Rebecca J. Razo Photo by Jaimee Itagaki
Bottle Caps
Bottle Caps
Once used to contain the fizz in bottles of soda pop, bottle caps have climbed the ranks to assume a top spot as a cherished collectible. Average price is $1-$2 each.Bright Ideas: Glue small magnets (available at crafts stores) to the inside of the caps; then display them on the refrigerator or a magnetic board. If magnets aren’t your thing, fill the base of a clear-glass bowl or small vase with several dozen bottle caps; then add flowers or candles.By Rebecca J. Razo Photo by Mark Mendez
Flower Frogs
Flower Frogs
Traditionally used to hold flower bouquets in place, flower frogs, which are crafted from metal, wire and glass, come in a variety of unique shapes, sizes and designs, making them desirable collectibles in their own right. Prices range from $15-$75, depending on the piece, manufacturer and age.Bright Ideas: Give your home office a vintage vibe using prong frogs as bases for old photos. Cage frogs work great to hold pencils and pens. Or group a variety of flower frogs filled with fresh-cup sprigs on an end table or along a windowsill.by Rebecca J. Razo Photo by Mark Mendez
Pressed Glass
Pressed Glass
Depression glass, Carnival glass, Georgian glass or Imperial glass— whatever your preference, colorful pressed glass never goes out of style. Prices range from $2-$60, depending on the piece, manufacturer and age.Bright Ideas: Mix and match colors and styles for a fanciful mantel display or table setting, or create a centerpiece of multicolored compotes filled with fresh flowers.by Rebecca J. Razo Photo by Mark Mendez
Skeleton Keys
Skeleton Keys
Keys, whether vintage or reproduction, are a diverse and inexpensive decorative accessory. Average price is $2-$4 each.Bright Ideas: Embellish your window treatments using vintage keys as a tie-back detail. Or in the garden, loop craft wire of varying lengths through the key bows; then hang the keys in groups from a tree or patio awning. Or use the keys as makeshift herb and plant labels by affixing a small piece of wood with craft glue to each bow, adding a label and inserting the key shank into the soil. Indoors, hang a key from each doorknob throughout the house with an ornamental tassel or pretty ribbon.by Rebecca J. Razo Photo by Mark Mendez