Thursday, April 17, 2008

Good Things Thursday, Week 4

Isn't funny how we can amass a collection without realizing it? Sometimes I think pitchers hide in the corners of my closet and multiply when I am not looking. That must be true - surely I didn't buy that many? And candlesticks? Surely not.
I loved this idea from Everyday Comforts by Vickie Ingham. Don't all those hand mirrors look amazing? Alone, each of them are pretty simple, maybe even a bit boring. Viewed all together - WOW. Mass similar objects together and you go from a closet shelf of "stuff " to a design statement.
I especially like how this idea takes something simple and makes it amazing. You could do the same with vintage alarm clocks for your guest room. Pocket watches hung from ribbons on the small wall of your foyer. Vintage shaving brushes on simple glass shelves in your husband's bathroom. Old croquet balls in a weathered container to liven up an empty corner. Old thread spools in a small basket in your sewing room. Wooden spoons hung as art on the wall of your kitchen...
Do you have a collection multiplying in the corners of your closet? Yes? If you decide to display it, won't you tell me about it? (Send pictures, too.) No? Then try this. Next time you are at a flea market or garage sale, consider buying one the simple, everyday object that catches your eye. You may just end up with a design statement.
Happy collecting.


fated follies studio said...

Where are your pictures of your large collections? :) Katie said that you have excellent taste in books. What are your faves?


My Castle in Spain said...

Hi Relyn,
I know exactly what you mean !
1) magazines : my boyfriend asked me if I intended to keep my impressive pile of French Elle and i told him "yes, just in case..."

2) bags, handbags, clutch bags, evening bags,....because I design bags so a whole wall in my dressing room is covered with bags,...of course

3) packaging it, especially twinings tea. Do you think I should see the doctor? :-)

I would have loved to collect cars...but hum..too expensive to collect !

Thanks for your post !! and yes, the pic is great.

ps: and thank you for your lovely comment:-)

Jennie said...

I LOVE Good Things Thursday! What did we use to call our Friday gifts? Pregnancy and nursing has depleted my brain...

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