Why do all of the lifestyle and decor magazines I really like eventually fold? First there was Blueprint, then Cottage Living took a nosedive. Now Domino, one of the few decor magazines out there for those of us who don’t have money to spend on an interior designer, is going bye-bye. *sniff* Then again, you need only look at the Manolo for the Home blogroll to see that there are scads of amazing design and decor blogs out there that will fill the spaces left behind by magazines.
That said, I’ll get on with it. Today’s post is about the things we hoard. Human beings are very much like magpies in that we cannot help but latch on to certain categories of things that we then collect, even when they have no practical value. For example, my father collects coffee mugs from locales people in his social circle have visited. My grandmother collects souvenir spoons from cities and countries around the globe. My sister collects porcelain dolls, and an ex-roommate of mine collected anything made out of jade glass. There’s no limit — people collect everything from thimbles to air sickness bags to hunting decoys.
Once you have a sizable collection of whatever it is that tickles your fancy, however, you need to figure out some way to display it. Country Living has some wonderful (if commonplace) ideas for how you can display your collections.
Colored glass containers like sundae dishes and bowls can be transformed into an indoor herb garden that brightens your home all winter long, and almost anything small and sturdy enough can be stored in a clear glass jar that also serves as a means of displaying the collection you have amassed. Collections that are display-worthy and flat can be hung on the wall, whether you’re partial to antique keys, vintage photographs, or tarot cards. Anything with a tendency to roll away (think buttons, seashells, or porcelain eggs) can be grouped in pretty bowls on coffee tables.
Finally, remember that there is no reason you can’t actually put your collection to use. Those tea towels you love so much may become even more meaningful when serving a purpose in your otherwise purposeful home.