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brimfield 2011: diy + decorating ideas

by Grace Bonney


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 . . .Β 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 β€” 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.

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