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Tickie Treasure

photo-4A remarkable part of my home is filled with relics from my family’s past.

The tall white cabinet in my living room filled with my boyfriend’s art supplies, used to house my great grandmother’s jarred and canned goods. My great grandmother had twelve children and a husband (who probably counts as another three children.) To make ends meet she would take in boarders (they had a fairly large house in Endicott, NY.) and sell jars of her pasta sauce and cans of peppers. (I’ve been told this sauce was delicious. No one has been able to recreate it, either. I’m sure she took the secrets with her to the grave.)

My mother’s rocking chair (that she used to rock me to sleep in when I was a baby) takes up real estate in my living room. This piece is a little rickety and more of an obstruction on your way to the bookcase… (no known family history for the bookcase–I think my boyfriend got it off the street when he lived in Brooklyn.)

Other treasures, like a tiny side table, belonged to my grandmother. A few pictures from my grandfather’s childhood… But the pieces I keep closest to my heart are the trinkets, the accessories. The heavy italian gold religious medal that belonged to my grandfather. (I wear this occasionally, it is a perfect rose-gold hue and makes me think of him.) The gold cuff that was probably too small for my grandmother’s wrist, now adorns mine.

I recently rediscovered this leather billfold with my grandfather Felix Julian’s nickname, Tickie, embossed on the exterior. My grandfather had a twin brother named Salvatore…so their nicknames were Tickie and Tore…

It wasn’t just the wallet that made me smile, it was the little treasures inside! They make me feel closer to a grandfather I never met. (He died when my mom was only 17.)

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The contents of his bill-fold are a random collection of things. A picture of him with two brothers from the church, a couple penny stamps (and a couple fake ones,)  a sweet note–perhaps to remind him to enjoy life…

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“We are living in a world of your reality. How fortunate it is for those who can find sanctuary in a world of make believe…”

photo 3Tickie was a Merchant Marine. And I heard he fancied himself a bit of an entertainer. Always putting on skits or elaborate pranks. Perhaps in a different town he could have been a famous actor. He certainly seems like a ham!

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There are also business cards. The addresses,  246 Fifth Avenue is still there but I think 1400 North Street has been redeveloped and possibly a vacant lot now. Maybe the cards give me a little more information about his business dealings…but I think I’ll have to do a bit more digging to figure this mystery out.

Entryway Space | Design Inspiration

It’s no secret that I’m obsessed with the site Design Sponge–especially for their sneak peeks section where readers can get a peek inside other people’s living spaces. The one above is from Alison Feldman and Jeff Berstrom’s Williamsburg, Brooklyn apartment. I especially love the old photos. Recently, I removed some my entryway decor that was hanging from the first year I moved in…11 years ago. When I was 20 I barely understood myself let alone how to create a tasteful environment. Needless to say, there was a plethora of wall-mounted crucifixes, mismatched shaped mirrors and lots of lanterns cluttering the space. I acquired an old panoramic shot of my grandfather from the 1920’s  standing with his twin brother and the entire Endicott, NY Fire Department. It is a priceless piece of family memorabilia and not only am I thrilled to have it–I’m thrilled to see my aesthetic is similar to other fancy shmancy New Yorker’s featured on my favorite site! (Well, sort of. I need to add a few more frames to make the wall look complete–but it’s a start.)

The key for me is not about spending big bucks on famous art to cover the walls, it’s about making a creative space with meaningful pieces. I framed a sketch that my late uncle Tiziano scribbled in my notebook when I was a kid. I cherish it.

We have one of my boyfriend’s pieces hanging in the living room and a cover of Seattle Weekly that he illustrated.

My only suggestion if you want to make the pieces look great is to get them professionally framed. That’s the next step for a few of mine (I mean all of them) when I can afford it. When they’re mounted and framed correctly it makes all the difference. And try to stick to simple frames (preferable wood) and tasteful matting (white or cream)–it’s worth the extra cash and will blend in anywhere.

I will research DIY framing on my fav Design Sponge site and let you know how it turns out…maybe I can fake a fancy framing job at home.