I've been a collector of vintage and antiques for as long as I can remember. I'm pretty sure it is in my DNA. My mom had me at her hip scouring fields of fleas from the time I could understand what "Look but don't touch" means. Growing up we always lived in houses with plenty of room for all our finds. After college I moved out West where I moved into my first small space. It was a 550 sq ft apartment. I had to downsize significantly and it never really felt right to me. After we moved back to the East Coast several years ago we moved into a space that's about 800 sq ft, practically a mansion! I still wish I had more space, but I will say that small spaces have helped me develop my design style.
Everything in my space has been deliberately chosen. There is no room for extraneous pieces that don't mean something to me. I have also come up with ways to use ornamental pieces and create spaces to decorate where there were none. This post is specifically about repurposing and my line of hanging planters. I began my obsession with enamelware a few years ago. I had no idea what possible use there was for the 4" bowls I found (aside from the very rare dinner party and need for bowls full of nuts etc) and then a lightbulb went on. I love plants, I have limited counter space, I also love these brightly colored bowls, why not up-cycle them into hanging planters! And the Oslo planter was born from a 4" vintage Emalox Norway bowl. The colors look so lovely together that I like to display them in groupings, but all one size bowl was missing something so I started making the Bergen planter from 5" bowls and the Halden planter from the saucer like 6" bowls.
I have since started making hanging planters from damaged Cathrineholm bowls hoping to give them new life once they are beyond a collectible state. I also use the fabulous Celebration Norway bowls. I am happy to be selling Oslo, Bergen and Halden on Bezar.com, Scoutmob.com and Etsy. The Cathrineholm and Celebration Norway planters are currently only available on Etsy.