In a former life

Ahhh, i have fallen in love in junk! With a limited budget I’m forced to get a little creative and i’m loving the challenge. I never imagined i would become so obsessed with secondhand things, but not only am i seeing the beauty in recycled pieces, but I’m actually preferring them to new. New things seem so cold to me now. I love the warmth and character found in older objects. Hopefully this new attitude will apply to myself as I get older!!

This old piece was an aquarium stand in its former life. I’ve added some vintage sheet music to fill the void where the tank would have sat and i plan on getting a nice thick sheet of glass to cover the top. This will be perfect as a desk in the one of the rooms. A bargain at $70. I should add that my sister Amy gave me the idea for this one…..she is so clever and creative.

I love the colours in these old sheets of musics that i found in a secondhand shop. I’ve put them into frames for preservation.

Now these guys were obviously attached to a deer in a former life. And no, we are not hunters!! The males shed these every 12months after the mating season. Apparently it is rare to find a matching pair unbroken. We bought them from a local shop in Millthorpe and we LOVE them. Not sure what we are going to do with them yet. Maybe hang them above the fireplace or on a wall somewhere. Until we decide they’ll remain a centre piece for our table at home.



  1. July 24, 2012 / 12:49 pm

    LOVE the sheet music in the bottom of the aquarium. That is very creative. Also love the colors and styling of the text/photos on the sheets you framed. Great, inexpensive find!!

    • July 26, 2012 / 12:14 pm

      Thanks Victoria! I’m loving the old sheet music I’m finding. I’ve even started making some paper flowers out of some of it….will post some pictures when they are done .

  2. Amy
    July 26, 2012 / 4:59 am

    The aquarium will look excellent as a desk. I’d love to have a skinny version of that table to put in my hallway for car keys etc etc. Can’t wait to see the whole place set up! 🙂

    • July 26, 2012 / 12:12 pm

      Thanks! I really need to get the glass ordered. We already have another truckload of junkyard treasures waiting to go!

  3. July 31, 2012 / 8:28 am

    i love that you call it junk…in australia that means kinda respectable rubbish! or a boat…and what you have is gorgeous. you certainly have a good eye, and a great styling sensibility.

    • August 1, 2012 / 9:47 am

      Thanks so much for your positive comment. I’m by no means an expert on interior design, but I know what I like…..and hopefully others will like it too. 🙂

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