I've been writing quite a bit about love this week, but also earlier in the month about objects in the home - 'still lifes'. The two subjects come together here and I've been thinking about how we value things. A recent visit to the V&A, that vast repository of objects, 2,241,718 at the last count, (I wonder how long that took to do) had me pondering the stories behind them. There's a story behind this old candlestick, but I'll save that for another day..
As I've done a lot of decluttering over the last few years (part of simplifying my life) I now find that I've pared down my objects to the ones which really mean something to me, so in a way they are more valuable to me than ever.
I still have quite a lot of things, which I have not counted I have to say. The surfaces might be quite sparsely adorned, but the cupboards are pretty stuffed!
The thing is I don't have my treasures all out at once. I try to do as the Japanese traditionally did, and have certain things for certain seasons. This keeps my eye fresh and allows me to change things often, without extra expense (shopping in my own cupboards where there are only things I love!)
Do you only have things you love around your home?