Corralling Collectables

Philip Gorrivan


So often, the first thing I do when redoing a client's home is to gather all the collectables they have amassed and scattered about the house into some kind of a cohesive grouping.  It's so simple, yet it is often not a common practice.  The impact is immediate!  Talk about instant drama!


Dan Carithers via Heirloom Philosophy


Several collections can cohabitate nicely if scale, balance, and restraint are practiced.  Dorothy Draper said, "Repetition is a form of emphasis."  I concur.


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via Inspire bohemia


Collections are interesting things.  They are intimate glimpses into who each of us is.  They speak to what we prize or find interesting, what we are reflecting about ourselves to others.








Using different planes really gives an added punch.  Don't just think in terms of the horizontal surfaces, hang things on the walls in creative ways, wrap them around corners. I once saw a collection of vintage mirrors arranged on a ceiling and it looked great.  Incorporating lighting to highlight the collection gives added visual appeal.



Carolyn Roehm








Even if you are not using like objects, color in this case, is the unifying factor.  Nothing suffers as the  disparate objects all have the bond of malachite ~ it's never black and white; color unifies too!


Kelly Wearstler


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It doesn't matter how unusual the collection is.  As long as it is displayed en masse, it works!


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Vicente Wolf


Beware, however ~ collect with caution.  The minute your friends get wind of a collection, you can expect that cow milk pitcher, porcelain pig, or other tchotchke for your next hostess gift.  Everything in moderation, and keep it together man!

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