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Posted 1/27/2013 by angievp in NSBR Board

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Posted: 1/27/2013 11:30:54 AM
Using things that are specific to it?

The older I get, the more I am drawn to Mexican folk art and Spanish-colonial art. I am thinking of starting to collect some pieces.

Do you decorate with things that are specific to your own culture/ethnic group? Do you collect anything like that? If so, what are they?

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Posted: 1/27/2013 12:22:26 PM
I am Jewish and collect Hanukkah Menorahs. I am pretty picky about the style as I have limited space. Collections can really take over!


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Posted: 1/27/2013 12:25:22 PM
I think my culture is really just Canadian. But I don't decorate with canoes and snow shoes and stuff.

I am of British descent so don't feel weird/guilty having a huge Union Jack painted wooden tray up on my wall.

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Posted: 1/27/2013 12:43:20 PM
According to my Ancestry DNA I am 52% Scandanavian and 44% Central European. My ancestor's must have left the old country before 1700 because I can't find any of them in the old records. My decorating style is pretty vanilla -- maybe English, with lots of patterned China, wallpaper and floral fabrics.

If you are looking for inspiration, Mary Emmerling has lots of Western stuff in several of her books. American Country West


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Posted: 1/27/2013 12:47:17 PM
My BFF is half Korean, and she collects some Korean things. She has a shelf in a small curio cabinet with a few dolls and fans and some other things.


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Posted: 1/27/2013 12:53:52 PM
Yes. I have Irish blood in me and I greatly identify with the Irish culture. From music to literature to landscape. My home office is decorated with some Irish art and other cheesy stuff. I also have a Celtic cross hanging over my front door.

My husband is adopted, but has always felt (sounds weird, I know) like he is of Irish descent, so we share a desire to visit the "homeland".

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Posted: 1/27/2013 1:10:14 PM
I'm Italian and Lebanese. I eat!

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Posted: 1/27/2013 1:40:52 PM
We consider out faith our "culture". We have iconography in our home that indicates such.


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Posted: 1/27/2013 1:56:48 PM
I come from a largely Scandinavian heritage, and have lived in Sweden. I have artwork from two of my favorite Swedish artists, Carl Larsson and John Bauer, decorating the walls of my living spaces.

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Posted: 1/27/2013 2:13:07 PM
Neat thread!

I grew up in Arizona with parents who collected native and folk art back when it was affordable and not popular. I have loads of Mexican folk art, Native American pottery, blankets, and baskets. I started collecting clay, wooden, and other types of dolls and figurines. I have a large living room full of it - almost museum-like. It takes awhile to dust, when I do it haha!

I'm pretty picky about quality, though. Ilene is correct; collections can take over.

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Posted: 1/27/2013 2:48:55 PM
Uh, well, I'm drawn to collecting Mexican folk art too. But my heritage is English and Scottish.

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Posted: 1/27/2013 3:05:43 PM
I know I come from Welsh ancestry and don't really know from where else. Not sure what I would collect.


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Posted: 1/27/2013 3:14:25 PM
I have had and decorated with some Mexican art items and pottery. But I have never figured out how to mix Danish with Mexican pieces I have also passed many of my Mexican pieces on to my ds and dil.

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Posted: 1/27/2013 3:19:19 PM
I am Norwegian. I have a few Nyform trolls on my fireplace. They will move up to our lake place this summer. They prefer to live in the woods. They are so damn ugly, but they have charm.



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Posted: 1/27/2013 3:31:27 PM
I am an American mutt with a little bit of everything from Irish to Dutch to African-American to American Indian.

The "ethnic" or "culture-based" decorating to which I am drawn is Mexican and Moroccan.

So, no connection.


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Posted: 1/27/2013 3:32:50 PM
My bloodline is Norwegian and Irish but both sides of my family have been in the US for so long that we are so removed from that part of our backgrounds. However, my husband is British and has only been in the US since college. We have lots of English and UK memorabilia in our home.

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Posted: 1/27/2013 3:35:56 PM
I'm not compelled to collect to anything specific to my culture.

Ellen, I have to say, I googled Nyform Trolls and they are happy looking ugly things. I bet they'll love living in the woods

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Posted: 1/27/2013 5:14:38 PM
Born and grew up in Africa, dh too, and we LOVE African art. Our home reflects that. Every time we go back we pick up amazing pieces and sometimes I'll even buy online if something catches my eye. We buy all our art directly from the artists, prefer not to go through third parties as the artists then don't see much of the money and in Africa, they can use every cent they can get.

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Posted: 1/27/2013 7:41:38 PM
Well I'm Canadian but I live in the States. I have some Canadiana around my home. Mostly Mountie related and flag stuff like magnets etc. I have my red mittens from the 2010 Vancouver Olympics displayed in my hutch! I also have a couple of really nice "coffee table" type books about Canada too.

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Posted: 1/27/2013 7:47:38 PM
I've bought some beresta but generally, I don't collect things just bc they are Polish. Itmakes me feel like I am living in my grandma's house - no thank you!

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Posted: 1/27/2013 7:49:57 PM
I do collect some things that are related (at least in my own mind!) to the culture and history of this area - prairies, pioneer history etc. I do like those items a lot.

I collect handmade brooms, cornhusk dolls, wreaths made of local grasses, etc. I just like that stuff.

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Posted: 1/27/2013 7:56:33 PM
I'm mostly Irish, so beer and whiskey make me feel closer to The Auld Sod!


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Posted: 1/27/2013 7:59:10 PM
I have always collected and enjoyed Mexican folk art. My husband and I both love art of all kinds, however, so our home is sprinkled with an eclectic collection of goodies from our travels around the world. I owned my own home before we got married, and the decor there was far more culture centric than it is now.

My studio/office is solely decorated with Mexican, Spanish and Pre-Columbian art and tchotchkes and I love it. It's one of the happiest rooms I've ever had.

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