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I am extremely fortunate to spend part of my summers on Nantucket Island.  As I shop around the amazing design stores downtown, I am constantly inspired by the talented artisans that sell their work in these small boutique shops.

One inspiration that I see constantly, is that anything “old ” or “vintage” can look modern when displayed in a Lucite box.  From nautical signal flags and sea shells, to vintage button collections or any collection for that matter, when framed in this way immediately puts a modern spin on it.

The red, white and blue, patriotic theme is a favorite in Nantucket and I often see old vintage American flags or even fragments of old flags artfully displayed in a oversized lucite box .

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The flag immediately becomes a focal point or anchor in the room and gives the room it’s theme or thread that you can carry into other objects, decorative pillows or coordinating fabric.  In our July Nahant auction we offered a wonderful American flag and folk art  plaque that would be perfect displayed in this manner.

20th Century Folk Art Sign and Flag- Lot # 8677
Kaminski Auctions July 14th Nautical and American Sale

Antique Signal Flag as seen at Nantucket Looms, Nantucket, Massachusetts

You can customize the boxes with background lighting, coordinating wallpaper or colored background to complement your design scheme or collection.  Such as a Chinese snuff  bottle collection displayed with  rice paper as a background in lighted lucite boxes.  A collection displayed in this manner becomes the only art you need in the room .

From Houzz.com

A series of Lucite boxes displaying your vintage collection can make a huge difference within your décor and is a fantastic way to display your collection for maximium visual impact.

by La Fabrika on Houzz.com

Using framed Lucite shadow boxes is also a fantastic way to preserve  your collection. Grouping them  together in this way, gives the collection order and organization.

I cannot emphasize enough how important the ” how ” is when displaying your possessions within a room.  You need to style them just as you would your furniture or paintings.  So the next time you see some fantastic vintage find to add to your collection or as the feature of a new one you are starting, consider displaying it in a lucite box to give it a wonderful  modern spin .

I often walk through our 1850’s barn or auction gallery to get inspiration for a new blog post.  Sadly I noticed  several beautiful old grandfather clocks lined up like forgotten soldiers against the back wall of the barn.  These amazing pieces are elaborately carved of mahogany or other wood, some with intricately handpainted dials or faces and all with wonderful brass pendulum movements.

Though seemingly out of style in todays modern decor, I decided to research the long case clocks or grandfather clocks as they came to be known, to see how they can be used in the way we live today .

Developed around 1670 by an  English clockmaker named William Clement and originally called a long case clock. It is a freestanding clock with a weight driven movement.  Most grandfather clocks sound the time on each hour,  or fraction of an hour  and are known as striking clocks.  The grandfather clock is supposedly named after “My Grandfather’s Clock”, a song written in 1876 by  Henry Clay Work.

From Houzz.com-by Witt Construction
Saratoga Springs, NY

Today most people use their cell phones to tell the time but these wonderful old timepieces can still serve as the focal point of a highly trafficked hallway or foyer.  It is the perfect spot for an antique grandfather clock, as a hallway or foyer  serves as the welcoming point for guests to the rest of the house.  It also sets the tone of the house, and  is the perfect place to display a family heirloom or heirloom you just purchased at auction .

It is also the perfect piece to emphasize a wonderful arched nook or wall recess or just the thing to give a low ceilinged room some height.  It is also just the thing to add architectural interest to a room that has little or  no moldings or architectural features, while at the same time, adding some old world charm to the decor.

Treat a hallway as you would any other room in the house and develop a theme and decorate to that theme. Such as this wonderfully decorated Spanish Colonial entrance way featuring an 1920’s long case clock from Barker Brothers in Los Angeles gracing the Adamson House in Malibu, California.

Late 18th/early 19th century American tall clock, flame maple, broken arch pediment. Lot-#8113 July 14th, 2012

20th Century Peary United States Marine Corps tall clock with mahogany case- Lot# 8184 July14th, 2012

English Stonehouse, Leeds tall clock, mixed woods, mahogany and oak –
Lot #8283- July 14th, 2012

Perhaps one of these forgotten soldiers will find it’s way into your foyer or hallway !