My house will never look like a Pottery Barn catalog. I've never wanted to own exactly what everyone else does, or be a rigid stylist.
I like items that have a history...that paint a picture. A metal golf trophy from the 1930's...a powerful female image. An advertising plate with a sad looking hound, a cast iron wind up train, a velvet photograph album that belonged to my Grandmother. And books....lots of books.
Old books are one of my favorite display items. The rich colors of the cloth covers, marbled pages, fabulous cover art...not to mention good reads. I don't want to be mainstream.