the art of display.
by victoria comment



via atlitw.

there is a definite fine art to display. if done properly, it shouldn’t look cluttered or overdone, with tsotchkes strewn about everywhere, or artwork floating mid-air on your walls, without a care in the world. it should look stylishly cohesive, and make people want to look closer. you know, draw them in, not flee your house as if you were on hoarders. here’s some lovely little examples of some wonderful gallery collections and collectibles.




via the selby.


via lisa congdon.


via lakbdesign/fergusandme.


via hildagrahnat.


via levintagemaison.


via freshlyfound.


via the selby.


via Adore_Vintage.


via allerleirau.


via wary meyers.


via skona hem.


via hildagrahnat.


via live bohemian.

40 responses to “the art of display.”

  1. Loved the posting of this the art of display. I’m a collector of vintage and art too, but I know that the proper display makes all the difference to the eye. These pics show great, refreshing ideas. Thanks, Victoria!

  2. I am working very hard on my home right now, I am a hoarder and if I stayed in my ways I would be on the show in about 20 years, but I stopped and hired a pro to help me. I now have a couple of dresser tops with small collections of stuff, I have found bunches of inspiration from your site. ;-) And I will be having a GIANT yard sale this spring and summer.

  3. I came to your blog from Smile and Wave… your love story was so touching it actually got me misty. I have a somewhat unhealthy and co-dependent relationship with my dogs… lol. I never expected them to change my life the way they did.
    Anyhoo, before I start the waterworks again… I just wanted to say that I’m so glad I found your blog TODAY! This post screamed to me because I’m in the process of re-decorating and trying to organize our (hoarders-worthy) collection tchotchkes and small art pieces. This was very inspiring!

    Nice to “meet” you :)

  4. thanks for such a fantastic collection of collections!

    tastingsf, take some paper and cut it to the size of the frames you want to hang, and tape them gently to the wall. you can rearrange as many times as you want til you find the composition that feels “right” to you. i oftentimes will mark on the template the spot the nail needs to be, and you’ll avoid any extra holes in the wall :)

  5. i loved this post! it makes me want to take down everything in the shed and redo. i’m actually rather afraid of adding to my white walls, due to all the fabric, doilies and furniture i have around…. however i have managed a few ‘wall collections’ and it looks ‘fine and dandy’…
    i have to tell you all these inspiring photos ‘do it’ for me, and i especially love Jane’s vase wall from ATLITW. she often takes my breath away with her displays :)

  6. Thank you, Victoria for adding my pictures to this lovely collection. I am honored! The fabric in the first picture is a vintage curtain. I was lucky enough to find two of them!

  7. thanks so much for including my winter mantle, victoria . . . i am so honored to be included with these other amazingly artful displays . . . they are all beautiful, and i will be borrowing some ideas, too! xlynn-anne

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