Collections 20 Stories

Collections can be weird, wonderful and as individual as you are, but if no one gets to see them, the process of adding to them is not nearly so much fun. Showcase your fabulous finds in their best light with a nifty display idea that’s sure to get people talking.
My Houzz: Walls and Shelves Are This Collector's Colorful Canvas
Every room in Deanne Delbridge’s one-bedroom apartment features a different primary color that reflects the room’s distinct personality. “The living room illustrates my anthropological side,” she says....
So Your Style Is: Curiosity-Cabinet Chic
Curiosity-cabinet chic is somewhat mysterious, sometimes melancholy and subtly reminiscent of the Victorian fascination with the natural wonders of the world. In a nod to old European curiosity cabinets, rooms are rich in uncommon treasures mixed...
The Best of My Houzz: 20 Beloved Collections Artfully Displayed
Collections tell us a lot about a person, and there’s a story behind each one. Here’s a peek 20 of our favorite collections from My Houzz, our series featuring one-of-a-kind...
Collective Wisdom: Display Ideas for Collections of All Kinds
It was almost 43 years ago, but I remember it like it was yesterday. I was sitting on the floor in the middle of our first apartment watching my new husband unpack his collections: Japanese netsuke; pre-Columbian (as in, before Christopher Columbus)...
My Houzz: Collective Spirit in a Boho Bungalow
Stylist and designer Paige Morse is a collector at heart. "I began collecting as a child, my first collection being antique tea sets," she says. Like Elnora Comstock in A Girl of the Limberlost,...
6 Extraordinary Collections Show True Passion
In a recent interview with Anderson Cooper, Olympian swimmer Michael Phelps revealed that he keeps his eight gold medals from the Beijing Olympics in his mom's makeup case. With a promising Olympic run (or make that swim) ahead of him, Phelps will need...
My Houzz: Charming Vintage-Industrial Oregon Studio
Jamie and Erin Osborne's studio apartment is in what was once retail company Meier and Frank's warehouse in the heart of Portland, Oregon's, Pearl District. The historic 1923 building was converted into residential apartment lofts and condominiums...
Creative Collector: Vintage Vessels
Vintage items (those dating from 20 years ago; antiques, by contrast, are at least 100 years old) are essential in adding personality and history to spaces and lend a custom, storied look to any home. What’s a vessel, exactly? Though...
Decorate With Intention: Unbury Your Treasures
Family heirlooms, photographs and other treasures are a meaningful part of any home. They spark conversation, stir up warm memories and offer glimpses into the lives of an older generation. This week we look at creative ways to display these objects,...
Pick a Perfect Home Spot
Sometimes we just get it right: a spot in our house where everything seems to come together in perfect harmony. Maybe it's a cozy reading nook or a feat of organizational genius. A treasured collection well displayed could do it. Even a vase of flowers...
House Fun: Decorating with Miniatures
The word "mini" conveys a sense of cuteness and a lot of people (like me) have a fascination with scaled models. Not to mention a 3-D object is more interactive than just looking at pictures alone. Display your miniatures in multiples...
Put Your Collection on Show
Collections are wonderful ways to express your personality. Do you have treasures you would like to display, but have no idea how to get started? Most likely your collection already has a unifying subject, shape or material. The next step is to select...
Easy Decorating: Great Plate Arrangements
Do you have a collection of plates wasting away in a cabinet, just waiting to be used? Chances are you have an extra set you inherited, a collection of flea market finds, or portions of sets. Take them out and incorporate them into your decor. Earlier...
Collections: Create Art With the Things You Love
The beautiful thing about displaying a collection is that it doesn't require a lot of work. A collection is a piece of art unto itself. A charming assortment of tchotchkes simply needs to be exhibited in a public viewing place to add a touch of personal...
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