brimfield 2011: diy + decorating ideas

While Brimfield is an amazing place to pick up antiques and vintage home decor, it’s also a great place to find decorating and do-it-yourself ideas. One of my favorite things to do while walking around the show is snap pictures of clever booth decorations or upscaled vintage items that I can replicate in my own home. So today I wanted to share some of my favorite ideas that are just waiting to be customized for something fun in your own home. I hope you’ll enjoy these as much as I did; I’m already working on finding a zinc sheet to create a hanging plant wall like the image below. Hooray for old things inspiring new DIY projects . . . xo, grace

There’s more Brimfield coverage here (what we bought), here (recreation trend), here (textiles), here (equestrian trend), here (lighting) and here (leather)

Image above: I’ve always loved framed swimsuits. It would be so adorable to frame tiny children’s suits for a kids room.

Image above: All this giant iron bowl needed to become a great decoration was a pile of sand and some pretty candles. Great for a porch or backyard where you have room to gather around with drinks.

Image above: One of my favorite ideas — a perforated zinc tray turns into a vertical garden unit when you use twine to attach a vase. Would love to replicate this on a much larger scale with a huge wall.

Image above: This DIY idea gives a whole new meaning to the concept of “key chain.” Hundreds of keys were piled on a wire to create this insane rope of keys. This would be incredible done in large scale as a wall decoration.

CLICK HERE for six more great DIY/decor ideas from Brimfield after the jump!

Image above: The Big Daddy’s Antique booth was selling these phenomenal mirrors, which looked like they were made from old pie tins. Even if they weren’t, this is a great DIY idea. All you need is a collection of inexpensive vintage pie tins and some mirrors cut to size. So pretty.

Image above: I love using letters to spell out fun words, especially when it’s one like this that I say all the time.

Image above: I always enjoy pretty planter ideas. When wrapped in burlap, this growing tree finds a home in a huge wire basket.

Image above: Whiskey and alcohol bottles are often delivered in wooden crates with holes to keep the bottles spaced evenly (and to prevent breaking/clanking). Just the neck-hole portion was used here as a wall/backdrop for a booth, and it would be such a fun way to create a room-divider at home. Or maybe even a vertical garden with succulents tucked into the holes.

Image above: School maps are always popular home decor, but we saw a TON of astrological and planet charts this year, rather than traditional country maps. I’d love to see more moon/sun/star charts popping up in people’s homes.

Image above: I’m obsessed with vintage display cases. Obsessed. I’m always hunting for the perfect one that I can use to house my jewelry at home. I’d always thought I would line it with a piece of colorful velvet, but this plaid-lined case is making me re-think my plan. I love how warm and homey this feels when lined with a rich red plaid.

  1. The framed bathing suit is brilliant..although there’s something missing when a piece of art (which this is) that’s meant to be worn on a three-dimension is flattened out. It’s almost as if the life were sucked out of it…Besides, I’d love to trace a pattern off at that suit, maybe even try it on!

  2. jamie says:

    i love your ability to see beauty in even the display cases! i wouldn’t even have noticed it… thank you for sharing all these ideas!

  3. Candi says:

    LOVE LOVE LOVE thos e pie tin mirrors paired with those glass bottles!

  4. meagan says:

    xo meagan

  5. Great ideas! Thanks for the snapshots! Hoping to go to the next one in July!


  6. Sarah says:

    Regarding the large-scale key decoration idea, have you seen Greenwich Locksmith? The outside is decorated with thousands of keys—pretty amazing. There are a ton of photos of it here:

    1. grace says:


      woah! i haven’t seen that! but thanks for the link, that’s incredible.


  7. I think you’re absolutely right about vintage display cases. So amazing and they’ll never ever ever go out of style. You can always mix up what you have displayed as time goes by!
    Also, really need to talk my grandmother into letting me have her vintage tea length wedding gown so I can have it framed and put in my office at home. Thanks for the pic of the bathing suit!

  8. I’ve always wanted a display case, too…for jewelry and my childhood gem collection and other found treasures. It’s so annoying when I see them at antique stores marked “NFS”!

  9. Megan Gery says:

    I love the framed bathing suit, the wall of plants, and the pie-plate mirrors. So adorable and creative!

  10. sv650kd says:

    Actually, I think the wood slats with the angled holes in them are riddling racks.

  11. mc says:

    was just about to post the same link for greenwich keys – it’s unbelievable in person!

  12. Melissa says:

    The key decoration made me think of this sculpture in Prague:

  13. Kate says:

    lovely pics. What camera are you using, Grace?

    1. grace says:


      It’s an iPhone :)



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