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Sunday, November 23, 2014

The Aesthete's Alphabet - Z is for Zinc

I started my Alphabet series in January this year. I can't believe that's it taken me almost a whole year to get through it. It has mostly been fun, but there were days when I wondered why I started it! As all bloggers know, sometimes it is easy to come up with new material and other times, it feels like pulling teeth! One of the things that always puts me back on track is when I get comments from readers like these: 

Hi Sharon,
I just love your blog...all the beautiful images. Sometimes when I need inspiration I scroll back through your lovely posts and my spirit lifts.
Thank you for all the gorgeousness you dish up to us!

OH MY GOSH!!!!! You have made me LOVE yellow again......I think the "sunflower era" of several years ago, which I initially loved, and then grew very tired of when is was so overused..... made me steer clear.....but...with your have breathed new life and sophistication into this golden shade....I'm going for a "walk" through my home to see where I might use it!!.......Thank You......

This "yellow" post made me happy. I loved the rooms you've selected (as always) and the subtle use of the color still had a huge effect on each room where you only see a few accents of the color. What a fun year it has been with your alphabet series. Z? That will be interesting, but I trust you have some great ideas.

And the comment that gave me the idea for today's post...

What about ZINC, as in the beautiful ZINC pitchers and pots I love so much for your last alphabet post? Thank you for your wonderful blog! I have so enjoyed the alphabet. I really enjoyed the yellow decor. I recently painted my living room a beautiful grey and I put a yellow hutch in the room. Beautiful contrast of colors. Thank you for so much inspiration!

I am so appreciative of all your comments and emails! Without these it would feel like each post I publish is just going into a big black hole!

On to today's post....zinc. It isn't really a material that springs to mind when thinking about interiors. It's origins date back as far back as the 13th century, and it is still used extensively in industry. When used in homes, it has tended to be very much for utilitarian purposes, until more recently when its popularity has emerged in decorating trends such as vintage, shabby chic, Belgian and industrial inspired decor. It has a down to earth, honest appeal, devoid of bling and ostentation, which is why it appeals to me. 

It can be used for a multitude of purposes....table tops for example....

.... cupboard, shelves and desks....




....on your patio... the garden...

...and finally, zinc for Christmas. Yes please!

And that, my dear friends, concludes The Aesthete's Alphabet. I hope you have enjoyed it. I will be back soon with something new.

Till next time

Sharon x

Images: 1. Atelier de Campagne, 2 & 3 Decorpad, 4., 5. Elle Decor, 6.Decor Steals, 7-9, Restoration Hardware, 10. Eclectic Pause, 11., 12. Restoration Hardware, 13. Kate's Creative Space, 14. Pinterest 15. Susan Cohan gardens, 16. Farmhouse Musings, 17. Deborah Silver, 18. Tone on Tone, 19. Hydrangea Hill Cottage, 20. Tumblr, 21. Decorpad, 22. A Happy Habitat, 23. Plum Sienna, 24. Pinterest, 25. Cote De Texas, 26. Decorpad 27. Zabello Design, 28. Decorpad, 29. Eloquence, 30. Atelier de Campagne, 31 Pinterest, 32. Restoration Hardware, 33. Trove Trading, 34, Sophie Conran, 35 - 40. Pinterest.


  1. I love the patina of zinc. We had a round zinc and iron table on our last patio. I miss it! Lovely post.

  2. Oooh, I just love all the lovely zinc! Great round up!

  3. Wow. So fabulous. Thanks so much for this series - it has been a pleasure, reading each and every one!

  4. Thank you for a thoroughly enjoyable and inspiring series.

  5. I'm sorry that there aren't more letters in the alphabet......
    Hugs, thanks for all you do to make life more beautiful.

  6. I have enjoyed this series so much. Your blog is one that I frequently go back to the very beginning, enjoying every image again and again. Thanks for all you do!

  7. Wow! Beautiful job with Zinc. Love this post. I have so enjoyed this alphabet and look forward to seeing what you will dazzle us with next. I think I will have to get a zinc bucket to put my Christmas tree in!