any unusual article, object of art, etc., valued as a curiosity.
I love me some curios. This is the stuff that makes a house a home. That gives a room a life and a personality. Bits and bobs that are meaningful to the inhabitant immediately make a space feel special, interesting, and lived in. It can be anything, so long as you love it. A feather from that beautiful hike you took. The dusty old piece of art you dug up at the thrift store. Candles burnt down almost to nothingness but they remind you of the night you burned them. These things tell a story and that is infinitely more interesting than generic, mass-produced decor.
That’s not to say every piece you decorate with has to be a found object or an antique. All it really takes is a few key items. And I’m aware that this “knick-knack” look is not to everyone’s taste. It’s true that it’s not as easy to pull off as it looks. You can’t just raid the antiques mall and buy a dozen things that you like and plop them down and expect it to look collected and warm. I really think this is a look that develops slowly over time, as you pick up things that you truly love and rotate them around the house.
A while back I realized that I needed to stop buying curios for a little bit. Too often I was buying things because they were inexpensive and I liked them. I’m at a point now where I want to love everything I bring into my home, not just like. Also I’m running out of surfaces to put these curios on in the first place. Almost all of my fun little objects I’ve picked up are crammed into my IKEA Expedit bookshelf, and the nondeliberate look is not doing it for me. I really need to save up for some better furniture, which is of course the very important foundation on which all the decorative pieces layer on top of.
What do you think? Are you a fan of the curio?