Tip-Top Decor

Country Sampler - - Thrifty Thinking -

One can never have enough dis­play space, es­pe­cially col­lec­tors. Lana Testa tack­les that prob­lem with Yan­kee in­ge­nu­ity by tak­ing ad­van­tage of high spa­ces in her Mash­pee, Massachusetts, home, in­clud­ing cabi­net tops and up­per walls. Not only does she man­age to show­case more of her trea­sures but she also makes her rooms seem more spa­cious. Here’s how she does it:

Dif­fer­ent drap­ery. Con­sider us­ing some­thing be­sides fab­ric as win­dow decor. Lana has an im­pres­sive col­lec­tion of an­tique wooden mash­ers, and Dave sug­gested hang­ing them from an old rack from a shoe fac­tory. “My hus­band said, ‘In­stead of a cur­tain, let’s hang mash­ers,’ ” Lana ex­plains. “He had a good idea!” In­deed he did, as they look more in­ter­est­ing than the typ­i­cal valance over the kitchen sink.

Beam team. Don’t leave beams bare. The beau­ti­ful beams in the cathe­dral-ceilinged gath­er­ing room look even bet­ter with a wide ar­ray of baskets hang­ing from and bal­anced on top of them. Lana even man­aged to hang a plate rack from one beam.

Cabi­net cap­stones. Like a de­li­cious hot fudge sun­dae, even gor­geous tall cab­i­nets can use a lit­tle ex­tra top­ping. The large cabi­net in the din­ing room, for ex­am­ple, is just a few inches shy of ceil­ing height, so Lana ar­ranges an as­sort­ment of shal­low bowls and boxes on top to take the eye the rest of the way up.

Ledge dwellers. If your win­dows fea­ture trim or sills that are wide enough to sup­port small ob­jects, make the most of them, as Linda did in her gath­er­ing room, where a row of bird fig­ures perches along the sill of a tran­som win­dow and wreaths, lan­terns and other petite dec­o­ra­tions pop­u­late the room’s other deep sills.

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