BEE COTTAGE–Follow your heart in all things, and certainly in the things you surround yourself with at home. Collections, be they humble or grand, are created and pursued primarily because they bring joy to the collector. They may accrue value and have other benefits too, of course; but at the heart of it is, well, your heart. Collections imbue your home with personality, and a home without personality might as well be a hotel lobby.
The October issue of House Beautiful is out with the Bee Cottage series Part 8 (gosh it’s gone by quickly), “Living With Collections,” on page 80. Paraphrasing from the article, my approach to collecting is haphazard, occasionally accidental, and often sentimental. Somehow a myriad of these things ended up at Bee, and I had to figure out what to do with them: baskets,
bee things (duh),
bird things (birds and bees, get it?),
books (I swear they multiply in my sleep),
The dining room doubles as library.
sand, shells, stones, and shoes (but we’re not going there).
…Group objects en masse. It gives them greater visual impact than if they were dispersed higgledy-piggledy.
…Put collections in unexpected places: a bathroom, an uninteresting hallway, the kitchen, or on shelves in an awkward niche.
…Figure out your arrangement by positioning larger objects or paintings first, and work out from there with an eye to balancing shape, color, texture, weight.
…Change and move them around every so often. That’s the fun of collections!
For more details and tips, see the October House Beautiful, page 80; and I’ll let you know when it’s on the HB website.