At the weekend I was talking with a friend about Christmas gifts that we had received. My darling husband bought me the below Dala Horse and tall Brass candlestick whilst we were in Stockholm – thoughtful accessories that he knew I’d love (and coveted).
This poor unsuspecting friend had been given a set of eggcups from an Aunt that are terribly ugly. I did asked what she’s done to deserve it and whether said Aunt had ever visited her home – she’s very stylish. Thankfully my family and friends know better than to buy me knick-knacks or ornaments as they will rarely go on display in my home.
How many of you are guilty of displaying the occasional horrid gift out of fear of hurting someone’s feelings?
It can be difficult to brooch the subject directly as it will surely hurt the givers feelings. It might be better to make an announcement before Birthday’s and Christmas etc. “I don’t need anymore x or y’. Or maybe it’s the heavy-handed hints option, “did you see the wonderful green ring in the shop window, oh it was so lovely”.
Sometimes it’s worth a second look though. That little trinket that at first glance appears tacky could actually inject some humour and irreverence when placed in the right vignette. It’s often how you display the item that makes all the difference. By taking a different view you can celebrate individuality.
Sometimes it really is as simple as staging the item well – with other eclectic items, in a simple box frame, under a cloche or in amongst books in a bookcase.