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For the Collector

For the Collector

What makes a house a home? It is not the quality (or quantity) of perfectly appointed furnishings, nor the price tag of said items. It is not the linked to one's decorating style or housekeeping talents (thank God, I'd be in trouble) and it certainly has nothing to do with geographic location or square footage. All of those things are variables on the decorating grid, but the one and only ingredient that elevates a house to a home are the people that inhabit it. And people come with stuff - stuff they treasure, stuff they are passionate and sentimental about. We're talking about collections. Even the most minimally minded home-owner has at least one (I have more than two dozen). So, let's give those items pride of place because, in the words of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe: “Collectors are happy people”.

In the winter garden of Jacques Garcia's Champ de Bataille, a spectacular collection of iridescent and turquoise-glazed ceramics by Clément Massier lines the wall. The juxtaposition with the red upholstery really makes this collection pop!

A Beautiful Mess blogger Elsie Larson has curated a perfectly happy place in her home in Nashville. For years Larson has collected a colorful assortment of inexpensive vintage glassware from flea markets, thrift stores, Ebay etc. They now all live in her breakfast nook, arranged rainbow-style.

Jadeite’s straightforward, honest shapes and iconic color pretty much embodied the American optimism of the mid-20th century. Martha Stewart has a large enough jadeite collection at her Skylands home, in Maine, to outfit a small chain of diners.

Collecting globes is among the most democratic of all pursuits. Whether your interest lies in the rarest of the rare or in the readily obtainable, from rare and precious status symbols to common schoolroom learning tools, there’s something for everybody. A collection of differently sized globes makes for a wonderful sculptural display, and is a boon for any travel aficionado. Oh, the places you'll go....

What if your collection became artwork? That’s right – it’s time to hang your treasures on the wall. Thinks beyond regular artwork: a beautifully curated collection of plates (and not just your grandmother's decorative plates), tole trays, silver platters, vintage cutting boards... all are prime candidates for an eye-catching wall display.

Nothing is more precious and personal than a gallery wall with family photographs, a daily opportunity to bask in the joyful memories that each image conveys. By choosing a uniform color palette for mattes and frames, the wall becomes an ever-evolving work of art.

“O bliss of the collector, bliss of the man of leisure! Of no one has less been expected and no one has had a greater sense of well-being than... a collector. Ownership is the most intimate relationship one can have to objects. Not that they come alive in him; it is he who comes alive in them.”
― Walter Benjamin

A Look Back

A Look Back