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Mar

Diamonds may be some girls’ best friends, but for me, nothing beats the beauty and luxury of sparkling silver when it comes to adding style and sophistication to your home décor. Polished to a high luster, silver accents make me weak in the knees. So I use them throughout my home when I entertain, in my everyday decorating and to help organize my office and kitchen. Here are a few tips for striking silver in your own décor:

Invest in a Few Key Pieces

Gallery trays top my list of must-have silver serving pieces because they are as functional as they are beautiful. Place one on your coffee table to collect your TV remote and magazines. Hang a grouping on the wall as art. Use them to corral drink fixings on your bar. In your kitchen, fill one with cooking essentials like flavored oils. Include one on a shelf in your guest bathroom to display toiletries like an apothecary jar filled with cotton balls and embroidered hand towels.

Another essential is an assortment of silver pitchers, teapots and creamers. Fill a pitcher with summer flowers and place it on your kitchen windowsill. Or cluster several flower-filled creamers on a cake plate at the center of your table. I have an old silver spooner, which was once part of an elegant silver tea set, on my desk holding pens and reading glasses.

Since I have a weakness for anything on a pedestal, I’m a big fan of silver compotes, candy dishes and cake plates. Silver compotes make perfect punch bowls for your favorite summer drinks or to display seasonal fruits for a simple centerpiece.

And of course, no formal table would be complete without grand silver candelabras. Top them with tapers, seasonal fruit or leave them empty – it doesn’t matter because these grand dams of the table look sensational whether you dress them up or down.

Pick a Pattern

I don’t want to say I married Dan for his mom’s silver, but my appreciation for him deepened when his mother decided to give me a piece of her amazing grape pattern silver for every gift-giving occasion once Dan and I were married. Mimi’s generosity and great taste in silver gave birth to one of my most cherished collections.

If you’d like to build a collection of silver pieces to show off in your home, start by picking a pattern you love, such as vintage monogrammed silver pieces. You’ll have fun scouting for new pieces whenever you go antiquing.

Or, you can collect a wonderful assortment of mismatched pieces, as I’ve done. I’m not so fussy about the pedigree of the piece—it doesn’t have to be sterling silver or a certain pattern. In fact, some of my favorite pieces are old silver plate with most of the silver layer worn off. I’m more concerned that the pieces have interesting shapes and patterns than with their monetary value.

All that Glitters

You don’t need to limit yourself to silver to add sparkle in your home decor. Open your heart to anything with a bit of cool luster, like mercury glass. This perennial favorite is back in vogue, but now with a fun twist: Brand new pieces sport an aged patina so they look like treasures you’ve inherited from your grandmother.

An interesting trio of mercury glass apothecary jars would make a fetching display on your living room side table or a sleek dining room centerpiece. To add charm and sparkle to your mantel, create a phalanx of mixed mercury glass pieces, like some apothecary jars, candlesticks and compotes. Want to make the look even cooler for summer? Mix in some green topiary.

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9 Responses to “Strike Silver in Your Decorating”

  1. Curtis & Sherrie Says:

    We too love to have a little or a lot of silver in our decorating . But of course the only draw back to using silver is that it does have some maintenence requirements, and I am not a big fan of polishing it…. but am always glad when it is all done and shining brightly …..

  2. Glinda Reynolds Says:

    I too am fond of using silver as a key in decorating my home. After years of searching for pieces to add to my ever growing collection, I have come up with a fool proof way of keeping it from tarnishing. I store it in a rubbermaid container that I have lined with Anti Tarnish fabric that can be purchased by the yard from “Home Trends” a catalog that offers home cleaning items. Once the silver is polished ,just store it away until you are ready to use or display it.

  3. Patti Dame Says:

    I have all of your books and am anxiously awaiting the next. I love your fresh ideas about layering – especially silver. More pictures please!

  4. Alan Says:

    I have all of your books and am anxiously awaiting the next. I love your fresh ideas about layering – especially silver. More pictures please!

  5. Sean Says:

    I too am fond of using silver as a key in decorating my home. After years of searching for pieces to add to my ever growing collection, I have come up with a fool proof way of keeping it from tarnishing. I store it in a rubbermaid container that I have lined with Anti Tarnish fabric that can be purchased by the yard from “Home Trends” a catalog that offers home cleaning items. Once the silver is polished ,just store it away until you are ready to use or display it.

  6. Joe Says:

    I too am fond of using silver as a key in decorating my home. After years of searching for pieces to add to my ever growing collection, I have come up with a fool proof way of keeping it from tarnishing. I store it in a rubbermaid container that I have lined with Anti Tarnish fabric that can be purchased by the yard from “Home Trends” a catolog that offers home cleaning items. Once the silver is polished ,just store it away until you are ready to use or display it.

  7. Grace Says:

    Have always loved my mother’s collection of silver trays and bowls. After years of keeping them wrapped and stored away I decided to display them on stands above my kitchen cabinets for all the family and guest to enjoy. I polish them a couple times a year and make sure not to get the natural oil from my hands on them as I display them, that keeps them from tarnishing! NOW everyone especially me is enjoying the legacy she left for all of us to enjoy! Thank you Momma Katie.

  8. Holly Says:

    I too love touches of silver here and there. I have an antique coffee/tea set that my Mom brought back from Germany when they were stationed there in the 40’s. This particular set is silver over porcelain; absolutely beautiful! A pain to keep polished but oh so worth it!

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