The goal was to line the walls of the stairway with antique mirrors. I have approximately two of those, so something else had to fill in and it needed to be something I already had (read: free). When I saw this and this, I realized I could add to the wall grouping AND solve a storage issue! Mama sent some of her silver serving pieces home with me a few years ago and we'd received some for wedding gifts (so it's all vintage!).
Adding to the mix are three barrel rings from a half barrel my parents gave us about thirty years ago. That barrel was a great place to contain ivy, until a few years ago when the wood was just about gone from rot (although Kate and I did salvage some of it for projects!). I couldn't bear to throw those rings out so they've been 'weathering' outside. I brought them in, cleaned them up, and love their patina.
|heading up the stairs|