In this post we will discuss how to decorate with collections and showcase a variety of collections to give you some quick ideas. Styling collections can be a fast decorating fix and should take no more than 20 minutes in most cases. Today I’m participating in the 20 Minute Decorating monthly series, so please scroll down for that. Fast decorating (and quick DIY) is my favorite way to go!
What exactly comprises “a collection”? It’s often said that if you have three or more common objects then you do indeed have a collection. I suppose so, but when I see a whole row of ironstone pitchers lined up on a shelf, or ten trophy cups, or in this case…a bunch of bottles then you know that the owner is serious!
I’m a dedicated collector from way back. As a young girl my first flea market foray was with my aunt and I purchased a vintage glass perfume bottle with my piggybank savings. There were some truly fascinating finds at the market and it piqued my interest in all things tattered and worn. The rest was history and flash forward to my mid-thirties and back to the fleas I went with kids in tow. Later on came my antique mall selling days and eventually eBay and a super successful website of my own. While I don’t sell any longer I still love to decorate with collections and thought that I would share a few tricks of the trade and styling collections ideas in visuals.
How To Decorate With Collections
The power of multiple in display! You might enjoy this post for a bit more of the bottle idea – Using Bottles For Flowers…The Power Of Multiples In Display. Somehow there is strength and interest to the eye in displaying multiple pieces. I find it calming to view a line-up of similar objects both as someone who enjoys design and photography.
These bottles are all vintage and most of them were dug up from the ground (not by me). It was commonplace in the past to bury bottles in your yard and no one really seems to be able to explain why. I find the character of these fascinating and although I did wash each one after purchasing at various flea markets I left the patina intact. A wonderful aspect of collecting is that you can do so over time…which I have done with bottles.
For my mantel display I simply lined the bottles up in what I thought was pleasing to the eye, mixing shapes and colors. Styling collections randomly but using your eye or the eye of the camera does not have to be overthought. I think that the look is equally as effective with the wild flowers from my garden or without! As for bottles, they don’t need to be old. If you just keep your eyes wide open at what you’re already using, just save them when finished and spruce them up. Just take a look at THESE!
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If this isn’t enough to get your creative juices flowing to decorate with collections, I have 20 more ideas for you below to ponder and figure out styling collections of your own!