Sometimes an obsession is deeply rooted, inspired by an experience (like finding the perfect piece of African mudcloth at a flea market). Other times it’s inspired by a specific need (like finding a replacement for a discontinued item). And then, sometimes, it’s just a picture--one image that you see and just say, that. I want that.
I think I found this shot while looking for pics of gray or black doors:
I bookmarked it immediately, thinking how nice a large tassel would look slung over each of my home’s brass doorknobs, or how cute a tiny tassel would be hung on one of the wee brass keys. (We have put working, old-fashioned mortise locks in every door we’ve replaced or refinished so far.)
I’m always looking for low-effort, high-impact ways to put a little pep in my home’s step, and this fits the bill, doesn't it? I just figured I’d pick up some curtain tiebacks next time I was shopping, shorten them as needed, and be good to go.
Then I saw this chest from Oomph. Oomph.
You can combine any finish with any tassel color, taking the look from traditional to glamorous to quirky.
Of course the fascination spiraled from there. At this point I'm considering changing my name to Lt. Dangle. Here are some of my latest tasseled finds.