We have a love of art and antiques. It’s a devotion we labor under. Luckily, it’s a shared affliction, which provides some solace.
When it comes to living space there’s no question which fixtures come first in our lives: the antiques rule, and our lifestyle is arranged around them, not the other way around. Visitors can’t help but notice the old saddle (German silver conchos and longhorn studs!) in the living room or the cast iron hearth back hanging above the fireplace.
See, we like to be able to touch our things when we pass by them, reconnecting with their history and origins several times over the course of the day. We use the Pacific Mail Steamship notice board (Yokohama, ca. 1907) to house our umbrellas and family photos and we like to rub the pommel of our highback roping saddle (Martinez, 1890) for luck. It pleases us.
We know full well that not everyone would embrace this approach and, believe us, we get some questioning looks. But this is the way we do it and friends who share our affliction have adopted the approach, too. We just wondered if there was anyone else out there who had added an exterior courtyard for their collection of original bronze sculpture or a gallery to house their modern art.
If you’ve done anything along those lines and care to share with equally demented but appreciative neighbors, send us a picture. We’re interested to see what you came up with.