If you came by for my fall home tour last October, you might have noticed I had my grandpa's flannel shirt hanging in the entry way. Since he died less an a year ago, I am trying to keep his memory alive all throughout our home.
Now, every time I look at this tray, I immediately think of him.
The reason this particular shirt is so special, is because he was wearing it the day my grandmother died. My sister snapped this photo and sent it to me. I was sick with the flu and couldn't go be with him to give him a hug, so it was the only thing I had to hold on to that day. After he passed away two months later, my mother and I were looking over things in my grandparents' bedroom, when we found the shirt.
When it's too painful to have this shirt out, I keep it hung in my closet and sometimes go in just to touch it or linger in the scent to bring him back to me...if only for a moment.
The color and style is perfect for decorating this winter. It adds warmth and texture to the room...and now also nostalgia. I styled it simply with some rustic, bohemian pieces to coordinate with the style of the living room, including a small cactus, lidded basket, deer antler and a candle. It can easily be changed out as my mood does (or as my children see fit! True story: I found a green haired troll inside that little basket the other day).
I am glad for all of the wonderful years worth of memories that I had with both of my grandparents and I am even more relieved to know that neither of them knows pain any longer and that they can be together again. Their legacy will always be alive and I hope to honor their memory every day I am given.
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Rustic Flannel Tray - Dollar General (couldn't locate something similar online)
Wall Color - Glidden "Antique White"
Saddler Leather Sofa - Raymour & Flanigan
Driftwood Bamboo Shades by Home Decorator's Collection - Home Depot
White Faux Sheepskin- Ikea on Amazon
Apache Saddle Blanket - Amazon
Marrakesh Shag Rug - Rugs USA
Tufted Ottoman - HomeGoods (almost identical to this one from Wayfair)
Everything else was likely purchased at thrift stores, antique shops, on Craigslist or are one of a kind finds.
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