Stylish Ways to Display Collections
No matter your passion (tiny treasures, oversize artifacts), here are ideas for displaying, organizing, and storing your favorite collections so they gather compliments—not dust.
Expert advice to smooth the way, from San Francisco interior designer Kimberly Ayres and New York City wallpaper master Al Hoxha.
Elevate Salt and Pepper Shakers or Figurines With a Museum-Style Case
This treatment brings a bit of gravitas to a cute or kitschy array. Create a diorama with the hierarchy of your choice (the order here: dogs and cats on top, farm and wild animals in the middle, mollusks and tall, quirky characters below). If you own more tchotchkes than the case can contain, rotate stock when the mood hits, keeping the overflow in divided ornament boxes. Clean the case with a microfiber glass cloth; the contents will be well protected from dust. Antique display cabinet, Paula Rubenstein Ltd., 212-966-8954. For a similar option: Square curio cabinet, $240, organize.com. For a broad range of choices: allcuriocabinets.com. Shakers, from $35 a pair, moodindigonewyork.com for info.