Last week went by in a whoooosh because we had family visiting us Wednesday through Sunday. As an added twist, I had been in Thunder Bay (surprise!) prior to that and flew home Tuesday night. With company in town we hit some Ottawa sites, trudging through the snow to go to museums and comedy festivals. I took lots of photos, but not always of what I was supposed to. Tell me, does this happen to you: when other people are hamming it up in front of sculptures and museum displays, are you snapping photos of things that inspire you? My vacation photos are predominantly pictures of weirdly detailed angles (usually ideas for paintings I’d like to create), inspiration for ways I’d like to shape our decor, or just things I find visually intriguing so I can file them away for later ogling. I spend more time seeking out inspiration than I do learning about the subject at hand. Case in point: our trip to the Canadian Aviation and Space Museum in Ottawa.
I’m not sure I can tell you much about the (amazing) aviation museum, but I am feeling awfully inspired to add more touches of weathered, but polished, wood and welded accents to the townhouse. And also maybe some antique crates. Some objets d’art (propellers anyone?). I’m (loosely) seeing bits of early aviation in everything now, like this Gus Modern table.
|Gus Modern Hull Table|
Some of the ideas churning in my head are abstractly inspired by early aviation, but this idea of hanging propellers on a (turquoise!) wall is 100% steal-able:
This table, made from parts of a Jet engine, very literally adds a dose of aviation inspiration to a room.
For something smaller, I love these aeronautical trays.
The props in the museum – crates, old machinery, vintage labeling – in addition to early Canadian logos, were also inspiring.
So yes, I’m basically feeling inspired to add more industrial touches to the townhouse. You know how much we loved welded furniture (like Hubby’s desk, our bedroom furniture and the coveted little table), now to pair it with some warm wood, weathered crates, hints of vintage travel and retro graphics. Something subtle, because I’m not sure I can fit a propeller anywhere.
|Clockwise, photo: 1, 2, 3, 4|
|via My Home Rocks|
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P.S. How many adults out there want an aviation party as cute as this kid’s party???
|Harry’s Vintage Airplane Party|