Tuesday Tidbit: My Architectural Fragment Addiction

Tuesday Tidbit: My Architectural Fragment Addiction

I discovered it young

Some kids collect dolls, toys…I collected mini-alcohol bottles (that story = another time;)!!, candles & fragments from “things”

These “fragments” are from the Plaza Hotel in NYC. I re-purposed them as mirrors heading downstairs to our family rumpus room. Divine. Makes me feel as if I am in NYC about to have tea!


Why I love them (the “thing” fragments that is): They do three things REALLY well

I have these column fragments clustered together in the living room. At different times of the year they serve as candle holders, book ends, stocking hangers or tray holders on a buffet table! Talk about custom life…;)

Am I speaking as if these things have life? Yes, kind of…they do…

Hello fabulous! Lucite AND Architectural Fragment? This from Arteriors Home. OK, I will grant permission to use a Designed and Fabricated Combo just this once ;). And if they aren’t still making this one (2010) then let’s custom fabricate one with pieces from meaningful buildings or homes in your life!

1. Architectural Fragments add unexpected “custom” to a room

Do you recognize this photo? This is in a Client’s Entry hall and is made from Historically Significant Columns we had customized into a table. It greets guests as they enter the front door. I love the “energy” custom fragments bring to a space. They are not flat. They bring the past with them – in a good way.

3. Architectural Fragments reveal things a homeowner likes they may be uncomfortable taking risks on in larger pieces

Not quite ready for Indiana Jones in your living room? Then use a small fragment on a coffee table to hint at something that has meaning for you. This pic from Nyssa in Turkey. Photo linked to credit.

3. Architectural Fragments are affordable sculpture

This is an under-lit lucite sculpture base. One of the things we did was place a rock from the Sea of Galilee onto this for a client – it is magnificent on the bookshelf in their home office, especially at night. The fragment = earth’s architecture has personal significance and enhances their custom life. For them = reminder of what is important.

I am not talking about Pre-Fab Architectural Remnants…the kind you find at major retail outlets

I am talking about the real deal

It can be a piece of column

A piece of molding

A rock….anything!

Do you have any of these in your home? What are you using them for?

At last count? 22. Everything from bookend to makeup mirror holder & beyond”

“Live a custom life. There is only one you.”™

4 thoughts on “Tuesday Tidbit: My Architectural Fragment Addiction

  1. Fun! Do you suppose there are some of these fragments in my garage? Maybe
    that ‘s the motivation I need to tackle that project!

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