The Norwegian lifestyle is laid back and low-maintenance, preferring a more natural approach. There’s no need for stain when the sealed wood weathers to a lovely silver-gray patina over time. And cottage guests love stepping out onto their own private deck in the mornings with coffee.
One way to bring the Heirloom trend into your space? Patina. Objects with a beautifully aged, timeworn element achieved by designer Julia Buckingham with this oversized vessel and table, bring an air of integrity and elegance to your home.
Reel in an unruly garden hose in this Patina Copper Hose Pot from Frontgate.com. The hand-applied patina finish gives this copper pot an aged look. Its weather worn appearance blends with any outdoor decor.
Hedge maple is a versatile tree. Use it alone as a pretty shade tree, or arrange plants side by side to form a hedge. First Editions Jade Patina hedge maple (Acer campestre ‘Baillee’) has an unusual leaf form that’s eye-catching. Jade Patina withstands pruning well and tolerates dry soils and salt, which makes it a good choice for planting beside roads or driveways. Fall color is a yellow shade. Trees grow 20 to 35 feet tall and wide. Hardy in Zones 5-7.
Designer and architect Ili Hidalgo-Nilsson with Terracotta Design Build in Atlanta found five brackets stacked up at a little store on the side of the road. They were pieces of houses that had demolished, but she loved the gray-blue patina and their scale. "Even if you have a brand new home, accessorizing with found objects is a great way to impart texture and character and charm without spending an arm and leg," she says.
Colorful and woven accessories bring a global feel to the kitchen, while the patina on the island adds a rustic vibe. The blue mosaic tile backsplash coordinates with the patina on the island surface while adding a refreshing look.
Objects of varied materials and patina, plus groupings of staggered heights, lend depth to this dining room shelf. The blue background sets off the arrangement with just enough color to attract the eye, yet not so much that it overwhelms the collection.