I often think about the objects I treasure. Most of them are not intrinsically valuable. No one would race into a bidding war for them at an auction, and yet I find myself drawn to them, sometimes because of the memories I associate with them, other times because of a certain beauty I find in them.
Old bottles, like the ones above that I photographed at Portland Architectural Salvage, often speak to me, especially those that have been unearthed after years in the ground and to which the dirt still clings. Silent mysteries, they speak of another time, of places and people and uses that I love to try to imagine. Maybe that's what I value in certain objects: they seem to tell a story. I especially tend to love old keys, ironstone pitchers, wooden bowls, old tools and anything crafted from metal. I also adore vintage photographs and paper goods, bits of string, lace, or other textiles, and mismatched pieces of silver, especially spoons. Of course, those objects are most wonderful when I've received them as a gift from someone I love or when I've discovered them completely by accident, as if by fate.
What do you treasure? What two or three things in your home do you find most beautiful or most beloved? What about them speaks to you most?