The art of displaying collectibles
I recently had the pleasure of spending a week in Tennessee as a guest at my friend Christy's home. It was wonderful to re-connect with a dear friend and do touristy things. It was extra wonderful because my friend is an avid and knowledgeable collector of the most interesting objets d'art. She has an eye for spotting vintage finds on her excursions to estate sales and antique markets. Vintage jewelry and purses, vases and ceramics, art and old photographs, she has a rich yet modest collections of them all.
Some collectors squirrel away their items out of sight. Others love to collect but lack the impulse or energy to organize and thoughtfully arrange their collections. So instead they become clutter on a shelf. My friend organizes and arranges her collections in ways that inject her home with personality, emotions and stories.
If you want to display your treasures then you need places from and on which to display them. Mantels are popular spots.
I love how she arranges pairs of items to form a small group on her mantel. None of the pieces are necessarily related to the other. Yet suddenly they are. I also love the repetition of pairs. Look in the mirror and you see another pair of objects reflected. Cool!
Most of the furniture, like this glass window display cabinet, was purchased at estate sales, which are very popular in Tennessee.
Some items are gathered together in big groupings. Others stand alone or in smaller groups:
Her collections span time and culture too:
The most interesting description I read about the impact curated collectibles have in a room is that it creates motion in stillness. As if the pieces are socializing with each other and with the room itself. Made me think about Disney movies and talking candlesticks, teapots and brooms!
Thanks Christy, for sharing your wonderful home and for allowing me to photograph your unique collection of treasures.