Monday, April 21, 2008

Maybe you are a collector; of odds and ends, of chocolate wrappers full of memories, of little souvenirs from travels and trips. Maybe you have an obsession, with little mint boxes or coasters (you just can't stop picking them from everywhere!!!) or maybe your shoe collection gives Imelda Marcos a run for her money. We are each different and it is important that in our lives and in our homes we have the space for these quirks that make us, us. Here's a post that puts together some pictures that display collections with great panache and become the focal point of a room.
The Saxon Hotel in South Africa houses an amazing collection of artisanal baskets.
The owner of this modern house in Germany has covered an entire wall with an eclectic mixture of mirrors and old portraits. The effect is both informal and exiting, a decorative counterpoint to the otherwise plain while walls.
Knitwear designer Diane de Clerq has framed miniature versions of her knitwear designs to decorate the walls of her office.
In this dining room,Asian wood blocks arranged on the wall have a striking visual effect.
Wooden shovels above the sofas complement the simple wooden table.
In this house in Brussels,architect Agnes Emery has lined all four walls with mirrors, framed and unframed, found in skips and junk shops and they bring in maximum light from outside in.
Antique eel rakes suspended round the window lend a graphic appeal in this American Farmhouse.

And its ok if your collection is not frighteningly large and doesn't cover up the entire wall. You can prop them up like here or you can even group them together on a table or line them up on a pillar or even frame them all together, the options are endless. So bring your gems out and let them see the light of day & let the world see the real you :)
Images from House and Garden March 07 issue.

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