We can hardly resist the feminine and delicate look of a handmade doily. The intricate pattern and ruffled edges can almost instantly bring back a touch of nostalgia,but they can be difficult to incorporate into modern design.
Luckily the artisans on Etsy have modernized the classic doily in ways that you can easily mix in with your current décor and style.
This ceramic doily-imprinted clock from Lurearts (find them on Facebook) is one of a kind. We love the smoky blue shade with green undertones.The best part, though, just might be that there are fond memories embedded in the piece. Shop owner Pam said, "The clocks were inspired by my Grandma. She had a drawer full of handmade doilies she used to put under her African violets. If you look closely, some of the clock patterns show the doily's ragged edges from being put to such good use. My grandma knew the value of creating something by hand, so I thought she would approve!" We love the functionality of the piece as well as the beauty of it. Perhaps the clock itself will become an heirloom in your family.
Consider us obsessed with these doily coasters made from birch wood by Etsy shop Uncommon Handmade (find them on Facebook). The doily itself is commonly used under tea cups or other dishes, making this item the perfect modern take on the traditional doily. Shop owner Jessie said, "We made these engraved wood doily coasters in an effort to make doilies a little more modern and relevant. They're dainty but hardworking—two coats of industrial grade waterborne (environmentally friendly) urethane ensure that they'll stand up to drippy drinks." The shop also makes colorful options, larger versions and even a carved doily clock. You’ll probably want one of each.
Cozy up on your couch or bed with one of these colorful doily-print pillows by Etsy shop owner Chantal Churchill (find her on Facebook). There is no better way to modernize the classic white doily than to give it a fresh pop of bright color. Chantal said this pillow was inspired by a gypsy fair. Of her work in general, she said, "I like to create pieces that can complement any space, add warmth, charm and character." These pillows come in teal, red or purple. They’d be perfect in a little girl’s room or even in your own room as the bright color takes a bit of the femininity out of the typical delicate doily.
Part art, part motivation, this Life is Beautiful print by Etsy shop The Wheatfield by Katie Daisy (find her on Facebook) is the perfect reminder to appreciate each day. The print looks more like an intricately embroidered piece of fabric than a piece of paper. The bright colors and mix of patterns and textures makes this piece the perfect addition to any room. We’d suggest hanging it in your bathroom or somewhere you’ll see it as soon as you start each day. We’re pretty sure those bright colors will give any morning a little boost.
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