A Designer's HomeTraditional Entry, DC Metro
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One of the most versatile ceramics to collect are pieces in blue and white. They mix well with almost any color scheme and with any style or period. Here a fantastic collection is amassed on a console in an entry hall, creating a vivid and welcoming first impression.As with many ceramic collections, antiques and newer pieces live comfortably together — your collecting addiction doesn’t have to be imprisoned by a time frame. But keep your collection personal and meaningful by limiting yourself to the pieces you really love and passing on the pieces that are just so-so.
Console tables are often just right for displaying collections, particularly of large-scale items like these blue and white vases. On the table … under the table … they could even be on shelves over the table. But note that this works so well because of the other elements used in the display. The mercury glass vases and the lush floral arrangement give the composition depth and texture, taking what could have been a hard edge off the porcelains.
Make a powerful statement in the entryway. Try putting a grouping like this in a hallway or nook that is particularly difficult to fill. A pair of ginger jars like the one on the right side of the table is one of my favorite things to give for a wedding. The sweet pea vines symbolize "forever" and "many children," while the main decoration is a shuang xi character which is the symbol for "wedded bliss." It's a great way to think outside the registry.