Where we find treasure

Image courtesy of Historic District Council

I’m a trash picker. Or rather I should say a “discarded items collector”.

Let me elaborate.

I have the good fortune to live in one of the prettiest neighborhoods in all of Brooklyn. The tree-lined streets, elaborate flowerbeds, miles of endless brownstone all decorate my daily commute. I’ve called Brooklyn my home for almost 9 years. With growth comes change however and with change new neighbors. As the neighborhood began to shift and people started cleaning out their homes to make way for new adventures, they inevitably left a piece of them behind. A piece they simply couldn’t take along for the ride.

It’s not a rare occurrence to be walking home and discover a great painting just sitting atop a pile of discarded recyclables or someone’s once beloved chandelier table lamp just clanging on its side waiting on the sidewalk. In fact, as if acknowledging that one man’s trash truly is another man’s treasure (and because perhaps it is treasure still to both of them) neighbors often leave “free” items separate from the trash inviting passer bys to “give this classic throw pillow a new home…please!”

Liz, Kate and I are building Ellery + Irons not just on the principle that everyone should have access to great design (although that’s a big one for us) but also on the idea that everything has a story.

I’m lucky to live in a place that caters to the sharing of discarded and beloved home treasure, but not everyone is. Antiques bring a story into the home. Where was it before you? Before that even? What part of the story belongs to me? These are the things that make a home unique. Nestled away in the corners of bookshelves or displayed proudly on center table, these pieces quietly collect the space and all the energy in it.

I’m excited to be part of this project and want our customers to feel inspired everyday to bring in or create a story for their home.

Whether you’re collecting or discarding, when you share in the history of something you become part of its story.

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