Becca Gaines is an interior designer living in Collierville, TN. She's a longtime customer of Bella Vita, and is currently helping Brent and I design the living spaces of our home. Below, you will see how Becca used this antique French clock in our home. -Stephanie
One of the most striking curiosities in the Singley home stood watch over a town in the south of France throughout the early 1900s. This grand clock face was removed from a Hotel de Ville (or town hall) and now towers over the Singley living room with a six foot diameter. Perhaps we'll never know which town was graced by this beautiful piece, but it may have been similar to these.
Photo Courtesy Of France Voyage
Photo Courtesy Of Sablet House
Photo Courtesy Of Arles France
On the Singley clock, small areas of corrosion and original painted decorative hands add to the character of such an iconic piece. The well weathered metal still boasts rusty orange and a bold turquoise blue.
Clocks are emotional, weighty symbols of the notion that time is precious. This representation makes an antique clock face intriguing as an interior design element, particularly if it doesn't actually tell time.
When it comes to decorating with a piece like this, I'm frequently asked what time the stationary hands should be set to.
Here are three ways to set the stationary hands on your clock:
1. Like hanging a horse shoe with the ends pointing up, superstition dictates that the hands of a clock hold good luck when positioned in an upward "V".
2. My personal favorite (because it's such a simple way to personalize a space) is to position the hands to a specific time that is meaningful to the family. This could be the minute a bride and groom kissed at the alter, the time a baby was born, or the moment that final exam was completed and grad school was over.
3. As the clock symbolizes the passage of time, a clock that stands still can represent those precious moments that one would want time to stand still. This could be the time of night when a parent rocks a baby to sleep, when a family has dinner together, or any moment cherished by those in the home.
From the beginning of time, humans have been obsessed with, well, time. We complain when time moves too slow, we lament when time moves too fast, we struggle to be on time, to manage time, or to make the most of time. Time is money and experiences and grace and love. Time is to be remembered, redeemed, and cherished, whether it's the time we spend to how we represent time through artful decor.