Collections or Clutter?

Pottery, photography books, fiestaware, heirloom sterling, sports memorabilia, or for me, it’s vintage French Aplico bistro pieces.  Everyone is drawn to something that evokes happy memories or feelings.  It’s human nature to want to gather and display these items because their presence bring us joy. It’s also great fun to collect along the way - the thrill of the hunt ! It may be via ebay, consignment stores or just summer time yard sales.  But, where is the line between collections and clutter? 

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How do we successfully display our treasures without looking like an ebay site, a consignment store, or, that we’re in need of a yard sale ourselves?

My design tricks for any décor, any budget, and any collection is that you limit the display locations.  Less is more.  Instead of having your collection spread throughout your home, display them in one or two areas and this will be far more impactful.  A beautiful bookcase (or two!) filled with treasures is far more interesting and serves a statement in the room as opposed to casually placing a piece here, there and everywhere. 

 Photo Source: House Beautiful

Photo Source: House Beautiful

Another tip is when you’re displaying, even though the items are all together, try not to overcrowd.  Let each piece still retain it’s identity so you can appreciate it fully.

 Photo Source: Houzz

Photo Source: Houzz

Lastly, keep one design detail uniform.  For sports memorabilia or photography, keep all frames the same size.  For a display of blue and white porcelain, they may vary in shape and size, but each piece is uniform in color.

These design tips will ensure your prized collection is well displayed to enjoy always.