The Story Behind My Favorite Piece… with Tiffany Leigh Interior Design

Today I’m super excited to have Tiffany from Tiffany Leigh Interior Design guest posting on the blog (for the inspiration behind this series, check out yesterday’s post). Tiffany is an incredibly sweet, stylish, and talented blogger and interior design student, and I love following along as she shares bits of her life and design projects. I’m so happy that she’s here today sharing the story behind her favorite decor item, and what makes it more than just an object to her. Take it away, Tiffany!

Hi everyone! I’m Tiffany from Tiffany Leigh Interior Design and I am so thrilled to be here today participating in Jackie’s new series, based off Nate Berkus’s book “The Things That Matter“.  It’s one of my favourite coffee table books – it really made me change the way I think about personal belongings.
Let’s face it, I collect a lot of things. I’m not quite hoarder status, but I love antique shops and thrift stores and flea markets for the little treasures they hold. Those Staffordshire dogs for example? Got them flea-ing with my best friend Laura after a break up. They are the dog statue version of her and I – two peas in a pod and oh so chic yet a little bit crazy.

But when it comes to items that really have a sentimental value for me, my vintage Bols Ballerina Bottle has special meaning. It belonged to my grandmother, and was once filled with gold flaked liquor. Sometimes I wonder about what she was doing on the evening it was poured.

 When my grandma had a stroke a few years ago, she had to leave her apartment, and this meant getting rid of many of her belongings in an auction. I had been enchanted by the bottle since the first moment I saw it, and my grandma graciously allowed me to take it home with me before it was sold away to someone else.
Every time I wind it up, I think of my Grandma, who is doing well now. Both of my grandmothers are some of the STRONGEST women I know. If you wind up the bottom of the bottle, my tiny ballerina still dances, and music still plays. It is a keepsake I can see myself winding up in the nursery of my future children. Though it has no monetary value (the bottles were mass produced in the 1950s and 60s), it is a priceless treasure to me. Can’t wait to see you at Christmas Grandma!
Thanks so much for having me today! Be sure to stop by Tiffany Leigh Interior Design and say hello!


  1. Lucinda C says: December 17, 2013

    Love the story behind your favorite things.

  2. Holly Kvinge says: December 17, 2013

    I love this! What a darling piece and a wonderful story 🙂

  3. Signe says: December 17, 2013

    This is SO PRETTY. I think you could DIY something similar!

  4. TheLittleBlackDoor says: December 17, 2013

    What a wonderful treasure to have!! Beautiful!

  5. Rebecca {at} Preppy Panache says: December 17, 2013

    It was so great to meet you last night

  6. Alli says: December 17, 2013

    What a wonderful story! Love that The Great Gatsby is one of Coralie Bickford-Smith's designs.

  7. Jackie-York Avenue says: December 17, 2013

    So great to meet you too Rebecca! It was really fun 🙂

  8. Jackie-York Avenue says: December 17, 2013

    I know, I love that Great Gatsby version…I was searching for it for a while but it seems to be sold out everywhere.

  9. Jackie-York Avenue says: December 17, 2013

    So glad you liked it Holly! Tiffany is so great and I loved her story as well 🙂

  10. Tiffany Leigh says: December 17, 2013
  11. Tiffany Leigh says: December 17, 2013

    Thanks so much for having me Jackie! I loved sharing my story with your darling readers. Happy Holidays!

  12. Julia @cuckoo4design says: December 18, 2013

    Loved the story and love Tiffany!

  13. Jackie-York Avenue says: December 18, 2013

    Me too! Thanks for reading Julia 🙂

  14. Jackie-York Avenue says: December 18, 2013

    Happy holidays to you too!

  15. Michele says: January 8, 2014

    I have this same bottle and mine was a gifted hand-me-down from my grandmother before she passed away. One of my favorite possessions.

    1. Jackie {York Avenue} says: January 8, 2014

      That's so wonderful Michele! It's a beautiful heirloom.

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