Using Keys in Decor – Trend Alert

Skeleton keys. 


I’ve been seeing them used in jewelry, to latch purses, and so on.

purse    keybook

And, of course, when it comes to home décor, you can’t miss seeing them at places like Pottery Barn and Restoration Hardware.  Pottery Barn sells a set of 7 vintage keys for $19.  One framed key at RH was recently selling for $199! 

I’m going to be getting my hands on some old skeleton keys soon via a generous donor, which I will post about once I get them up. So, to figure out what I want to do with them, I have been noting how others are using them in home décor these days.  What a great way to juxtapose old and new!

jar    keysframe

Image(402)    Image(403)


 yhlkey   Vintage Keys, Set of 7

Now to decide just how I will display my keys in my home. 

If you like skeleton keys, too, there is good news – in May I will be hosting a giveaway on my blog for such keys!  So, stay tuned.

Today is the last day to enter the Nice RAKC giveaway.  Drawing is tonight at 8pm PST.  Don’t miss out!



  1. The Vazquez Family

    LOVE skeleton keys! I can't wait to see what you do with them…there are so many good ideas :)

  2. ohyouprettythings

    I love the keys!! Super easy to decorate with! :] Great blog! I love it! :]

  3. Carol@TheDesignPages

    I'm completely on board with this trend. I would prefer to find old ones as opposed to the replicas but they're sure not easy to find. Can't wait to see what you whip up.

  4. elizabeth@themustardceiling

    Love skeleton keys. I haven't used them in my home yet…but maybe I'll win your next giveaway :). Have a terrific week.

  5. Still lusting after one of the Tiffany key necklaces…sigh. :)

    And thanks for your totally awesome/sweet comment….it's always nice to hear that someone enjoys Odi et Amo and even that it kick started a design obsession….mine was kick started by Elements of Style 3 years ago and it hasn't let up since!

  6. tale of many cities

    i made a necklace about a year ago, with several different sizes of skeleton keys, and a heart lock.. who knew i was on trend at the time! :)

  7. A Vintage Vine

    Thanks for including my picture in your post!….As you can tell, I love keys in decor. Great job on this post!…You always give us such great design hints/ideas!!

  8. Sarah @ living with mold illness

    Love the skeleton keys!!!

  9. one time I saw a cool post where they used a shadow box from hob lob and put a copy of all the keys to their homes (apt, condos, where ever they have lived)….kinda cool and sentimental huh?

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