5 Tips to Include Collectibles in Your Interiors
Knowing why you have collectibles determines how you would tastefully display them in your home versus turning your living space into a segment on Hoarders, or a sterile museum. Have you ever visited someone and noticed an interesting object, commented on it and then heard the dreaded “Let me show you what else I have”? The host disappears briefly and returns with a small truckload of collectibles. You then spent the rest of the visit going over the hosts titillating collection of thimbles or spoons.
If you are a serious collector and are collecting with intention of re-selling the items at a later date, you probably are not that interested in displaying them around you home. You need to protect your investments and not have them available for handling by anyone who enters your home. For you, there are collector cases of all sizes and shapes and materials in which you are able to classify your treasured objects and display them to other ardent collectors or possible purchasers. You would also be a prime candidate for an online collection where you show and focus on specific items. Using an online showcase to display your collectables to everyone interested allows you to showcase them in the best light while keeping the actual collectables safely stored.
This post is for the person who collects items because they like a certain period in time, or because it is nostalgic to have something displayed that Grandma used to make treats with. It is as simple as saying you want it because it is cute and clever or makes you laugh. If that describes you, then use your items as a decorating advantage in your living space. Here are some helpful hints to get you started:
- Don’t turn your home into warehouse for collectables, or a museum. Limit what you display and rotate your displays.
- Treasure Boxes are a fun way to showcase your favorite collectables without taking up much space. Place some tissue paper or scarves in the bottom and drape your vintage jewelry on the edges of the box and display pins, brooches, or earrings on the scarf or tissue paper. This would work for displaying most collectables. You could then put the treasure box on your fireplace mantle, coffee or end tables.
- Kitchen and dining rooms are ideal for displaying nostalgic memorabilia. Depression glass looks great in a china hutch as do vintage bowls, silver sets, and precious knickknacks. Use an antique muffin tin to put smaller trinkets or notions from a bygone era in the muffin cups and showcase it on your counter. Make a table arrangement with old plates and cups and an old pitcher with either fresh flowers or greenery. Use the antique cup and saucers to plant and display orchids or violets.
The ideas are limitless. Just keep in mind there is such a thing as showing too much at one time. The idea is to be casually staged while using your collectables as home decorations.
A place where collectables feel at home
A passionate collector needs a house worthy of its contents, even if it means building from scratch
Tom Watkins does not know what it is to be unsure of a color scheme, or to worry about whether that Moroccan table bought in a rush of holiday enthusiasm fits in. He is quite fearless. Orange, blue, scarlet? Why not? Modernist, kitsch, beach finds – all have their place. Car boots, New York sale rooms, executor auctions, all titillate his collector’s eye.
He is not like most of us. He studied furniture design, worked for Sir Terence Conran, was a partner in a smart design firm, contributed to megalithic projects like Terminal Three at Heathrow and the London Stock Exchange, then managed bands, notably the Pet Shop Boys, and raised a bit of hell.
We may come back from a summer holiday with a knick-knack to add to the mantelpiece, await the arrival of an exotic carpet bought in an eastern bazaar, or the French Provencal table at a vide grenier.
Tom Watkins has works of art by Dame Elisabeth Frink, a rare Fly ply dining table by Ron Arad, a David Spiller giant image of Tin Tin’s dog Snowy. “It just gives vent to the amazing life of experiences I have had,” he says. He is obsessed with Philippe Starck, Bauhaus, De Stijl and all things connected to the Memphis Group, a design movement of the Eighties which believed in breaking the rules (why should all four legs on a chair be the same?).
First, he built a house worthy of the contents, like a small Modernist German factory, a mini Design Museum, on the shingle at Pett Level near Rye in East Sussex. “Everyone is staggered by the view out of the studio at the top, the sight of maybe 100 vases against the window catching the light in different colors and dancing. It is poetic,” he says.
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