Patina Allure

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For most of my life I have avoided “old stuff.” I have usually been more drawn to newer things, and to contemporary decor and architecture. Not ultra-modern, mind you, but leaning decidedly more toward contemporary. However, tastes do change and, over time, I’ve developed more appreciation for quality pieces from the past.  And, recently, I find myself drawn to structures and objects that show their history, items that have a delightful patina.

The Merriam-Webster online dictionary defines patina as follows:

plural pa·ti·nas play \-nəz\ or pa·ti·nae play \-ˌnē, -ˌnī\

  1. a :  a usually green film formed naturally on copper and bronze by long exposure or artificially (as by acids) and often valued aesthetically for its color; b :  a surface appearance of something grown beautiful especially with age or use
  2. :an appearance or aura that is derived from association, habit, or established character
  3. : a superficial covering or exterior

Greune Hall, New Braunfels, Texas

During our recent travels to Florida, Texas, and Louisiana I found myself drawn to photograph buildings and objects that have “the appearance of something grown beautiful, especially with age and/or use.” In other words, I experienced the allure of patina. Old brick, aged wood, faded and peeling paint, chipped plaster, rust, worn edges, dings and scratches, stains, all make an object more interesting and tell a story of years of life and use.


New Orleans, Louisiana



New Orleans, Louisiana



New Orleans, Louisiana



French Quarter, New Orleans, Louisiana



Lockhart, Texas



St. Augustine, Florida



Magnolia Market, Waco, Texas



Magnolia Market, Waco, Texas



Magnolia Market, Waco, Texas



Cocina Wall, St. George Street, St. Augustine, Florida



French Quarter, New Orleans, Louisiana



French Quarter, New Orleans, Louisiana



Fredricksburg, Texas



French Quarter, New Orleans. Louisiana



French Quarter, New Orleans, Louisiana


I envy talented people who are able to skillfully incorporate furnishings and accessories with patina into their home decor. It’s a competency I don’t possess but definitely want to develop. Sometimes old things just look old, tired, worn out. Objects with patina are old but wear their age well. In fact, their beauty and character are enhanced by the age that shows. Decor is more personal and unique when objects with character are integrated and patina certainly lends character.

To this end, I recently ordered a copy of Patina Style, by Steve and Brooke Gianetti, which “gives insight into materials choices, methods and treatments that result in spaces that celebrate the beauty in the old, the imperfect and the slightly worn.” I will share what I learn from the book in future posts.

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Linking up with:

Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop at Peonies and Orange Blossoms

Inspiration Gallery at The Chronicles of Home

Create It Thursday at Lamberts Lately

Simple and Sweet Fridays at Rooted in Thyme

Foodie Friday and Everything Else at Rattlebridge Farm

Dishing It, Digging It at Rustic Refined

Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps on the Porch

The Creative Corner at Pastels & Macarons

The Scoop at Stonegable

Tweak It Tuesday at Cozy Little House

Inspire Me Tuesday at A Stroll Thru Life

Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style

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4 Responses to Patina Allure

  1. Patina, my true love and any building with the kind of texture you have captured in your photos. Great POST!!!


  2. Loved the tour you gave us. The patina’d brick and rust has always been one of my favorites. Loved seeing your beautiful photos! I would love it if you would join our 5 blogger link party that happens every sunday. Beautiful pictures like these deserve to be shared.

    Have a great week!


  3. downtothemoon says:

    I love the old brick and wooden doors in the pics from N.O. I am working on convincing gene that we should eventually update the exterior of the house by giving it a bit of a whitewash or something similar to give the brick some more character. I look forward to seeing how you incorporate “patina” into your style at the dome!


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