To get to my family room, you have to walk through the dining room or kitchen. There is a short wall in the dining room that’s part of the walkway. Years ago I found an old painted shelf at a flea market that fits perfectly between the two windows. Over the years I’ve hung a collection of blue plates and a reprint of a painting by Raoul Duffy (Interior with Open Window, 1928). Think Matisse.
I was particularly excited when I recently found an oversized clock at a home store. It was in the clearance aisle because the hands were bent. It’s a reproduction of a French clock from Galerie du Gaston, 1885. I love it because the Galerie was at 798 Boulevard Raspail. That’s the same street where we stayed the last time I was in Paris in a beautiful old apartment.
The broken battery pack and damaged hands were easy enough to replace. The vintage look fits perfectly in my home. It measures 29” and fills up the entire space. It’s big, bold and dramatic. Anything smaller would have just been too wimpy.
Five old cereal bowls with fluted sides are lined up on the shelf. I could add more stuff (and do at Christmas), but the simplicity of the three elements: clock, bowls and shelf is perfect.
PS I still love the Duffy print. It’s hanging on the opposite wall.