A well curated collection of a beloved item can add an interesting and meaningful twist to any setting. From antique glass jars to expensive art, if displayed in a thoughtful way, a collection can add depth, personality and a bit of history to a space. Andy Warhol collected cookie jars and Tom Hanks collects vintage typewriters. Personally, I collect old photos, I love the candid and telling facial expressions and poses of a pre-digital world where an imperfect photo can be deleted upon first view are fascinating.
Vintage photos from my collection:
Small eclectic collection of paintings and desk accessories on Walter Gropius’s desk. Image from “Handcrafted Modern” by Leslie Williamson:
Highly textural and unexpected collection of turtle shells in a bedroom by Anita Calero add a unique twist to a simple bedroom:
A mixed collection of ceramics and glass grouped by color and style in an interior by Richard Ostell mixes a different materials in a cohesive but eclectic way:
Tips to avoid collections looking cluttered:
1. Edit collections often.
2. Celebrate collections by displaying them rather than storing them (this will help with the editing).
3. Display larger collections in a somewhat cohesive way by color, style or subject.