I’ve been told I have a vivid imagination. Perhaps because I spent most of my childhood reading Grimm’s Fairytales and any other fairy tale stories I could find. I loved visualizing the scene in my head and of course today, use that creativity and “fantasy imagining” in styling weddings and events and creating fantastical displays in my shop!
Perhaps the most joy I get is helping others see their dreams come to life by assisting their visual process when looking at an ordinary piece of furniture or accent décor. Customers often ask me what they can do with a crate or a chest of drawers other than the obvious, and I immediately start sharing my boundless ideas!
This month it seemed appropriate to show how one piece can be used in several different ways to achieve versatility. I selected an antique counter top “pie keeper” that was once used in a café in Eastern Montana that is gorgeous just as a display case. I fell in love with this exceptional case that still has its original wavy glass and is just the right size to place on a small table. Upon seeing it, the ideas started flowing and I knew I had to have it in my shop. The irony is I discovered it in southern Arizona so I was actually bringing it back home to Montana!
One pretty idea is to display some of your favorite jewelry in it; showing your necklaces or bracelets in vintage dishes within the case and it will keep them clean as well as you will be able to see your bling every day. It would be so pretty in your bedroom or walk in closet. Another unique way to use this pie keeper would be to place it on a wheeled cart, fill it with your summertime treats when entertaining, and have it adjacent to your outdoor dining table to serve from. No worrying about insects that might also be tempted to nibble at your potato salad or huckleberry cobbler. And one of my favorite visions for this wonderful pie case would be to use it at a wedding or other very special event, allowing your guests to enjoy it. After the wedding, it could be your shadow box for wedding photos and keepsakes!
I encourage you to dream and have fun when coming up with new ways to use favorite items, and this month I am inviting my readers to submit a photo and brief story of your best inventive idea by posting on my Facebook page. You will be entered into my drawing! I can’t wait to see your creativity!
All the best,
Colette, Shop Girl
Owner, The Shops at Station 8