Monday, April 22, 2013

Are You a Collector?

Are there special things that you love to see in mass?

I've always had a sentimental side, and it has been difficult for me to throw things away that have had meaning for me, so I understand my clients who have "things" that they just can't get rid of. However, collections can be a challenge to creating a pleasing design.

So I've had fun seeing how other designers have tackled the issue of multiples.

Crystal boxes as a coffee table display are unique and become a great conversation starter!

 A collection of interesting glass bottles and decanters can be incorporated into a vignette. 

 Tole trays are very collectible and their various shapes and colors make them better wall art than serving pieces. 

My mother was a bird lover, so I painted many small bird pictures for her over the years, so they now live in a collection similar to this at my house.  

Maybe you're lucky enough to have a collection of great sunbursts mirrors from the 60's.  Grouped with other round mirrors and frames gives a wall quite a reflection!

Antiques are widely collected, but I love the way these old urns are displayed in their own antique shelving.

Majolica is highly collectible, and it almost requires an antique hutch for display, don't you think?

I would die for a collection of copper pots, but I'd need a kitchen this large to display them.....that'd be ok!

I've always loved transfer ware, and in black and white, in mass, they make a lovley traditional statement. 

How about a modern approach to the botanical?  This looks like a  nature project gone artistic.  Great way to bring something organic into a space. 

Hanging baskets on the wall is not a new thought, but when they are as beautiful as these, it's a great way to show them off!

Since turquoise has become such a popular color again (come back 60's!), globes have also seen a resurgence as a design element.  Their color and shape make them a perfect thing to collect.

Silhouettes were a staple in everyone's decor when I was growing up, but giving them a modern twist like this takes them out of the attic and back on the wall. 

I'd love a collection of silver loving cups!
Using old cutting boards as wall art was a new one for me, but I love it!

Oh, to have so many Hermes scarves that you can frame them as wall art!

I have always loved old weather vanes, but isn't this a fun way to display them?

Who knew the humble tea pot could create such art?  Displayed in a rainbow is pretty genius if you ask me!

Suitcases as a table?  Who knew, but what a great place to show off other collectibles you've gathered!

Most anything can be collected and displayed.  It brings history and family and warmth into your home......But.......
I think I'll draw the line at the duck decoy!


  1. vintage alarm clock and uniquely designed bottles:)

  2. Honestly, I could almost cry while looking at those wonderful and awesome collections. In my own simplest sense, what I love to collect are paintings, flower vases and of course, stationeries of various designs and colors. It’s somehow childish but I’m really fond of stationeries. Thanks a lot for sharing!

    Millie at Professional Doctorate

  3. Your designed house is very sweet and looking good. I liked your design ideas. Interior design ideas only one of the way to create some new.


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