Having a hobby like collecting teapots or antique clocks is a great way to add a lot of personality to your home. Which means the last thing you want to do is hide your prized finds in a spare room or even in a storage unit where nobody can see them. You collect these items because you love them, right? They bring you special kind of joy and you want to benefit from that joy, right? Then the best way to honor your interests is to display a collection where all of your time and effort can be perfectly cherished.
A collection doesn’t have to be huge to deserve its own display. Even if you only have a handful of vintage buttons, throw them in a mason jar and put that jar on your bookshelf so you can watch it grow. The best way to help a collection flourish is to go ahead and let yourself be proud of it when it’s small. Put that single antique key on a blank wall or frame those vintage playing cards; the more you see your collection in its infancy, the more you’ll be inclined to add to it.
If you collect small items like buttons, shells, or coins, pick out a creative, clear container like a funky fishbowl or even a antique television that’s been gutted of everything but the screen and the box. Putting them all together allows you to display everything at once without taking up a huge amount of space or risking anything getting lost or separated. Small objects can also be grouped into small, decorative bowls for a coffee table or desk in need of a little personality.
If you collect bulkier or delicate items like vases, plates, or vintage cameras, reward them with their own bookcase or shelving unit. If there’s a high risk of breakage by curious young hands, putting these items on a reactively inaccessible shelf or the top few shelves of a sturdy bookcase will give your collection a proud residence in your living area or study as well as a bit of protection. RealSimple suggests a divided case with a funky arrangement to display your beloved collection.
Soft textiles like tiny pillows or even small plush dolls can be displayed without taking up room on your couch or collecting dust on top of a cabinet. Grab a bulletin board in your favorite color, or paint it yourself for some extra pizzazz, and pin those sweet stuffed animals to it like a real life version of Pinterest. Have a big stack of colorful dish towels? Don’t hide them in your drawer. Fold them and stack them on a bathroom counter or guest room shelf for a little pop of color.
Don’t have a collection yet? SampleHouse can help! We have plenty of collectable items like wall crosses, cookbooks, spices, teas, collegiate collections, and trinkets of all kinds to help you get started. All it takes is the first one, and off you go! Happy collecting!
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