It's really inspiring and a little comforting to have old 'things' around the home. Whether they are acquired along the way or inherited from family or friends.
These old terracotta pots are so useful and I only wish I had bought the whole container full from a Vide Grenier we visited in France. Vide Grenier means 'empty attic' and these events are held each year in different villages on different dates. Originally the means of clearing clutter and earning a little extra money, it is now a source for many tourists or second home owners to decorate their houses with authentic French items.
Sounds romantic....but they are also often full of cheap plastic toys and secondhand clothing.
So, I was delighted with this purchase. The pots were originally used to store Toulouse sausages in fat and then sealed. The exterior is a rough, matt finish, but each one has a different glaze on the interior which creates a magical glow when filled with candlelight from a tealight.
And too, my favourite cutlery inherited from my Grandmother. These are intricately engraved peices with carved bone handles and embossed with the initial 'G'. I always say this stands for Grandma, but could be for anyone as they were probably purchased at a post-war sale. Apparently, they are for eating fruit, but, any excuse, I have them on show.
It's the little details that make a house a real 'home'......