Art Applied to Everyday Life

I’ve never liked sitting through concerts. I get antsy, fidgety, and bored.  Neither do I particularly like going through, say, a photography exhibit.  I enjoy a few pictures, but then I get distracted.  Art, just as art, is only mildly interesting. Interesting, but only for so long.

Everyday Art: Antique "Broken Leaf" door hardware set by Lockwood, c. 1880's. Image courtesy Preservation Station.

When I was in college, I took a course entitled “Art Applied to Everyday Life.” And that is exactly the way art should be.  Enjoy Mozart while you clean your living room; hang a copy of a fabulous painting on your wall. Splurge on an antique doorknob with a lion’s head (okay, so maybe our slender pocketbook will make us settle instead for a pretty glass doorknob).  Serve your cookies on an unusual antique platter from the flea market instead of a plastic container. No one lives in a museum; rather, it’s when art is applied to everyday life that we really have a chance to enjoy it.

So tomorrow (today?), for your Sunday dinner, I challenge you to keep your church clothes on, use at least one pretty serving dish to present the food attractively, and put some relaxing music on.  Even if, like me, you’re just having leftovers.

About Charity

I have an inexcusable number of cookbooks (and like to experiment with them), have worked in architectural antiques, and have been sewing most of my life. I recently graduated with a Ph.D. in Apparel, Merchandising, & Design from Iowa State University. Doing household things (except for cleaning!) and hunting for antiques are my favorite pastimes.
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