Text and photos by Meda Kessler
From ice buckets to small bowls, from teapots to footed trays, these pieces of silver are serving up a bit of glamour in adding sparkle and shine throughout your home. A champagne bucket makes a lovely container for a bounty of blooms, from a mass of hydrangeas to a loose arrangement of foraged evergreen branches.
Put the gravy boat to use as candy dish, and turn the sugar bowl into a bud vase. If you’re skipping the holiday party this year, pile the punch bowl with colorful ornaments or maybe pinecones for a rustic contrast to the polished metal. Also, don’t be afraid to embrace a little tarnish — a little patina creates a more bohemian look than the highly polished pieces.
Looking to add to your collection? Antique shops are a wonderful source. Carter Bowden, owner of his eponymous shop in Fort Worth (4704 Bryce Ave.), typically has a varied selection at different price points. We lightened his inventory for a few days for this photo shoot (note that many pieces already are home with their new owners). Check with your favorite emporium for other treasures.