Sunday, February 24, 2013

Decorating with Obelisks

My Mom always started spring cleaning early as if she couldn't wait to bid the winter farewell. As she went through boxes and boxes of stuff in her storage, she found this pair of vintage crystal obelisks probably from since her 20's. She vaguely remembered she bought them back in her 20's, but that's such a distant memory and she has no emotional attachment to them. She took pictures, sent them to me and phoned me to ask if I wanted them. I can't tell you how much I love to be surprised like this by my Mom, and this isn't the first time. It makes me want to go and clean her house! :)

A few days later these beauties are home with me. They are about 10" in height, perfect for a coffee or hall table. They are made of solid Austrian lead crystal and weigh a ton!

I've always wanted to add a pair of quartz or crystal obelisks to my decorative accessories pool, however, they are usually very pricey ranging from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars. I like the stately symmetry, glam and a touch of luxury obelisks add to a space.

You could pair two different sizes together like this:

Or two of the same size like this:

Or group a few different sizes together to maximize the impact like this: I drool over this dining nook. 

Don't you just love these quartz obelisks? A pair of them can easily go for over 10 grands!

Or the most conventional way like this on a hall table.

Eventually I think I will get a pair of natural quartz obelisks (perhaps with Lotto Max?), but for now, I am happy with what I have. If you are interested in learning more about decorating with obelisks, you can check out Obelisk Decorating Blog and Matters of Style blog.

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