AC­QUIRE AND DIS­PLAY

IF YOU’RE GO­ING TO HAVE A COL­LEC­TION, SHOW IT AT ITS BEST

Life & Style Weekend - - MAGAZINE | HOME - WORDS: TRACEY HORDERN

One thing I have no­ticed trav­el­ling across the UK and Europe is that so many peo­ple col­lect stuff.

Bri­tain is of course the most ac­cept­ing coun­try when it comes to ec­centrics and it seems that ev­ery­one dis­plays and cel­e­brates some form of ec­cen­tric­ity. Peo­ple not only col­lect weird and won­der­ful things, they also dis­play their col­lec­tion with cre­ative aban­don.

Some of the col­lec­tions I have seen in­clude a crazy col­lec­tion of used drums at­tached to a large wall.

An­other favourite is an em­bel­lished wall, and I have seen a few of th­ese – usu­ally in the kitchen – com­pletely cov­ered in plates. Of­ten there’s a theme, such as blue and white, or plates trimmed in gold.

The point is to col­lect what you love, there’s no point col­lect­ing any­thing else. But I find that most peo­ple have al­ready started a col­lec­tion of sorts, be it books, paint­ings or china, but the de­sign trick lies in how you dis­play your col­lec­tion.

Think lat­er­ally, is my sug­ges­tion when it comes to dis­play­ing. Why not place your fab­ric col­lec­tion in a glass cab­i­net on full dis­play, as a friend of mine does with her mag­nif­i­cent col­lec­tion of saris?

Or hang retro, orig­i­nal street signs on a wall, or boat­ing para­pher­na­lia or mu­si­cal in­stru­ments such as the drums, or brass bu­gles ar­ranged ar­tis­ti­cally for drama and in­ter­est.

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