But, mention your collection to a designer and she might just cringe. The mere word "collection" conjures up images of grandma's rows and rows of kewpie dolls or Aunt Verna's penchant for porcelain cats. However, integrating a collection into a room can be done stylishly. Collections show your personality and tell a fabulous story about you and your many adventures.
Here are a few examples of collections done right:
|A tray of seashells and starfish adds an aquatic touch to any room. Rule #1 of decorating with collections is to keep the collection together rather than spreading it throughout a room or the entire house. Create visual impact by grouping like with like.|
|Rule #2: For smaller collections like antique buttons or jewelry, consider an elegant apothecary jar or a chic dish to contain and organize your treasures.|
|Rule #3: Treat your collection like a still life. Give each object presence, but arrange them together for ultimate aesthetic oomph.|
|Rule #4: A large display shelf filled with your collectibles can look timelessly elegant and keep things neat. The goal here is quirkiness amid the monotony. Notice how some of the saucers are standing up behind the teacups and others are laying flat.|
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