People are collectors by nature. Some like cars; others love jewelry; and for many, art is always a big draw. Some people take it to such an extreme that they end up, often humiliated and overwhelmed, on a show like Hoarders. Even mega minimalists, who prefer spare, uncluttered rooms are collectors. They assemble a treasure trove of unadorned surfaces. Whatever your style, deciding how to group your collections can be a challenge.
For example: I love small, beautiful Limoges boxes that represent trips I’ve taken, sea shells that I’ve picked up on tranquil beach walks, and first edition, antique leather bound books by authors who’s work I admire. On their own, each of these objects don’t always make an impact. Sometimes, they are completely lost in a cabinet or a room. I like to elevate each of these pieces to a new level, by finding a common thread and then grouping seemingly unrelated elements together.
In this grouping, I started with a Limoges box I purchased to commemorate a wonderful trip to Newport Beach, and added in three small, perfect shells I found while on a peaceful walk on Sea Island. Limoges boxes are often quite small, and this one measures about two-and-a-half inches high. (This gives you some idea of how small in scale the shells are.) I chose to ground this miniature collection with three volumes of poetry by Sir Walter Scott , circa 1809. The size of the books, and the color and patina of the leather made a perfect backdrop for these small works of art.
In short, don’t neglect your treasures. Experiment with the things you love. Elevate your collections to show them off. Separate them, and then combine them with other items you’ve accrued. Edit them, curate them, display them, and enjoy them. That’s why you bought them in the first place!