collections: how much is too much?
by victoria comment


ceramic collection on white mantle. / sfgirlbybay

when it comes to collecting, i am guilty of it to be sure. but what is too much? when it has that effortless european look about it and feels ‘organically grown’ over time either through travel mementos or a true passion (like collecting books or art!) then it seems to me that’s just the right amount. sometimes we go overboard at the flea market and yard sales, but i think if there’s a cohesive look to our clutter — whatever you happen to collect, it’s all good. arrange ‘like objects’ together and the word collection really comes to mean something — it’s objets d’art rather than just a bunch of bric-a-brac that has no theme to it. i like these rooms because they do seem to manage their collections beautifully, and there seems to be a method to their madness. no hoarding or too many tchotchkes here. just oodles of style.

curated collection on white built-in shelving unit. / sfgirlbybaycurated collection on large white open shelves. / sfgirlbybaycurated collection with baroque gold mirror. / sfgirlbybaylow green rolling cart with book collection and art objects. / sfgirlbybay curated art collection. / sfgirlbybay white hallway with book collection on bench. / sfgirlbybay inspiration wall with photos and keepsakes. / sfgirlbybaywhite wall with kimono and art objects. / sfgirlbybay art objects on marble mantle. / sfgirlbybay black mantle with wall hanging woven textile. / sfgirlbybaycurated collections in vintage modern living room. / sfgirlbybay black low tables with candles, perfume and art objects. / sfgirlbybay

• photography credits in order of appearance: the socialite family; design*sponge; leanne ford white interiors; kinfolk home; the design files; kara rosenlund; leanne ford white interiors; freunde von freunden; camille styles; @frenchyfancy; the design villa; freunde von freunden; the socialite family.

5 responses to “collections: how much is too much?”

  1. These examples are all so chic…but we’ve all been to places where it was just TOO MUCH. The eye needs a little break from time to time, ya know?

  2. I’ve been a collector since first grade. You either love it or hate it. I love it. Being hugged by all my favorite things.

  3. When I was cleaning out my 1st apartment and lovingly wrapping up the 45th folk art poultry item – it was suggested by a good friend of exceptional taste – that perhaps I should narrow my criteria and find something a little more rare to collect – I kept 3 pieces of poultry, all Mexican and seldom find a piece in a year to buy but when I do I am able to leap! Like so many things in design, for me, it’s about limits, agreements, desires and discipline….I like your blog very much.

  4. Great examples of eclectic collections. I have always collected and being a purveyor of vintage goods in a little shop am always on the hunt. I often let something go as I find something else and price is always a factor. Moved about three years ago . .really helped purging. A great book, “The Way We Live With The Things We Love” for inspiration, in fact just broke down and ordered it . .to add to my collection of books . . .ha ha. Thanks for a great blog!

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