Delicate old lace found in Savannah is draped over a distressed dressing screen with linen panels.
This 19th-century lantern once hung in my friend Gabrielle's hallway. Because it didn't emit enough light, she decided to sell it. As David and I live in a rented Paris apartment, there's no easy way to hang the lantern, so I cut the electrical cords.
I added a bird (Christmas ornament) whose tail feathers match the purple crystals. Now the lantern holds a church candle and serves as centerpiece on a library table.
Perhaps someday we'll have a house with a hallway suitable for the lantern, in which case I'll have it rewired (always a good idea with old lighting devices).
This glass scientific display dome - which isn't leaning sideways, but apparently I was when I took the photo - features a 1927 certificate awarded to young Lucien Mathy for successfully completing handwriting exercises.
The dome also holds 19th-century leather button-up boots and a hand-painted bisque jointed doll, as well as a small collage that says "Remember me," by Colette of A Bird in the Hand.
I should sew clothes for the doll, but am not sure what would be appropriate - a sailor suit? Any ideas from you creative types out there? What items have you repurposed or recycled lately?