Yes, I’ve gone and bought two more cheese domes, bringing my grand total to three. As I mentioned in my Friday Finds – Needlepoint and Cheese Dome post a few weeks ago, I love the Victorian glass domed displays, but real display domes are expensive. I think the next best thing is the humble cheese dome. Picked up in thrift stores, these give the look that I want, without the price tag.
Here’s the two new acquisitions. Cheap and cheerful as you can see. I never use the plates, so they go straight back to the thrift store, it’s just the domes I’m after. After a good wash, they are ready for use.
Here’s all three being put to use as a slightly more interesting fruit bowl. The grapes and apples are sitting in thrifted glass plates.
Here’s a display of jewellery, given the Victorian touch. I needed a bit of height for the bottle holding the bangles, so I hunted around in my cupboard and found a large glass vase. Turned upside down it makes the perfect makeshift dome. There’s a tiny thrift store plate holding brooches, and the whole display is contained within a gold picture frame, also a thrift store find. It’s rare that I buy something new these days.
This magnificent book is called “Etcetera ETC. Creating Beautiful Interiors With The Things You Love” by stylist Sibella Court. It was a gift from my lovely children for Mother’s Day. If I could crawl into the pages of the book and live, I would. The gorgeous photographs in this book are the inspiration for my next display.
The Victorians displayed among other things, butterflies and taxidermy birds in their domes. Here, a piece of wrapping paper replicating a vintage butterfly poster, and a birds nest, are a nod to the Victorians, without quite as much death! A quirky reindeer statue, artist’s hand model, fabric flower hair clip, and small apothecary bottles complete the look. Sometimes you just need to be a bit silly. Decorating shouldn’t be serious, keep it fun.