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Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Decorating with Vintage Cameras

Once the Christmas decor came down, the top of my dining room hutch, which was filled with poinsettias just a few days ago, was looking mighty empty. It was time to change things up a bit.

I became inspired after seeing this photo in the latest Pottery Barn catalog (I'm really bummed, because you can't really see the top, but trust me, those are cameras).

Rick had a couple of old cameras, and I had some camera equipment that belonged to my grandparents in the 50s, so we thought there was enough to fill up the space above the hutch.

I added some old photographs and an old Disney movie reel (the only thing we purchased - found at Country Roads in Old Towne Orange for $9) and the vignette was complete.

(Clockwise from the left - my grandparents wedding photo from 1949, a baby photo of my dad from 1938, a photo of my dad and my grandmother from 1940, and my parents wedding photo from 1974)

From the left: Kodak movie projector & movie camera from the 50s, stack of film reels with old movies, including family trips to Knott's Berry Farm and Disneyland in the mid-50s, movie reel with old photographs, two vintage cameras that Rick had, and a 1940s vintage camera from Germany on a tripod.

Now, I must give credit where credit is due...the photographs were Rick's idea. Yeah, I think I'll keep him.

The hutch belonged to my grandparents, too. It kind of came with the house. Mostly because it's just too dang big to get rid of. And I kind of like it.

Because of the ceiling fan, and the fact that it was 11:00 at night, made photographing very difficult, but I am so pleased with how it turned out, that I just had to share.

What do you think?


Anonymous said...

That looks AWESOME! I'm jealous of your collection!

Nancy H. said...

Turned out great! Looks just like Pottery Barn!

Kate said...

Great vignette PK!!! It looks better than any PB catalog display!



Adriana said...

I love it!

Noelle said...

I think it looks fabulous!!!

Karissa@Withourbest said...

I love it! It looks great! You're such a good decorator!

Sarah @ Sugar Bananas said...

What a neat collection, Kristin! Old photos are one of my favorites. This looks so nice - and I'm loving your textured chairs.

If that's your grandparent's hutch, I'm sure some of the pictures have been displayed on it before ;)

Thanks for your sweet comment on my really sad post about Katie. It means a lot!

Rachel said...

I love it!! It looks awesome! When I get a house, you have to come to Texas to help me decorate!!


NorCalMom said...

What a great idea! Looks wonderful.

Gwen @ Gwenny Penny said...

It looks fabulous, Kristin! I have some old cameras and an old movie reel displayed on shelves on the wall next to our TV. Great minds think alike:) LOVE the photos clipped to the movie reel.

By the way, LOVE the new blog design!

Kim @ Starshine Chic said...

Looks great. Makes me want to find a bunch of old cameras and movie stuff. Love the addition of the photos.

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME said...

Love it! I love old cameras and have a couple.

Angela said...

Nicely done! I love old cameras!

Robert said...

Wow, looks so amazing! Been thinking about doing something like this in my house; thanks for the inspiration!

Kristy said...

I LOVE vintage cameras. I have about 9 in my collection right now but I would love to have an old movie projector. Anyone who loves cameras is my kind of girl so I'm following you now!

I hope you'll come enter my contest for a Thirty One Tote at

Handy Man, Crafty Woman said...

what a great idea; I just love old photos (I'm a scrapbooker.) Great blog!

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Laurel@ChippingwithCharm said...

Looks and your hubby make a great team :) Visiting from Mi4M...have a great week, Laurel@chippingwithcharm

Katie Olthoff said...

Very cool! The film reels are so trendy right now - I really want one. And I'm just starting to get into photography, so when I saw this, I told hubby to put a vintage camera on my birthday list. :)

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