Sometimes you are lucky enough to inherit family collections. When my cousin Anne lucked into these Toby mugs, she used them to add a bit of whimsy to her kitchen. The long, thin shelf above her range needed a little something, and this phalanx of mugs was just the ticket. Do you have an open space that needs a spark? Consider using it as a stage for a few of your favorite pieces.
You can also work your collections into a display or two in your home. Anne knocked it out of the park when she added one of the Toby mugs to the centerpiece on her kitchen island.
A NOD FOR FOND MEMORIES
Often, collections are born when you travel. You are drawn to unique pieces that reflect the culture or natural beauty of a place, and bring back a memento or two. Marsee loves the beach, so she’s amassed a collection of beautiful shells cleverly stashed in a concrete garden urn at the foot of her piano.
The secret to success is to curate a few beautiful displays that spotlight your treasures, then stop there. Don’t let your collections take over the house.
CREATE A POWERFUL DISPLAY
One of my favorite ways to display collections is to mass a number of items together in one jaw-dropping presentation.
To make a grouping more visually appealing, Jean broke up the mass of silver with a few carefully chosen accents, like old books, artwork and dishware.
Similarly, my friend Cynthia has a collection of blue and white pottery that makes my heart hammer with love every time I see it. She picked a few of her favorites to fill the shelves of a butler’s cart and to craft a lovely centerpiece in her dining room.
This column was adapted from Mary Carol Garrity's blog at www.nellhills.com