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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.

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Martyn Thompson
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Overtake a Piece of Furniture With Ceramic Vases or Teapots

Dominating the runner on a rarely used dining-room table or decorating an unexpected cabinet, large ceramics can work like sculpture. Whether your collection is a mixed palette or a single color, think about creating an intriguing “horizon line” by juxtaposing tall and short, angular and shapely, smooth and rough. (Imagine the irregular high-lows of a cityscape.) To clean inside tall ceramics, dampen a long, thin bottle brush (Casabella Soft Tip brushes, $9 for three, amazon.com); outside, a soft cloth will do. Townsend sideboard, fitzhughkarol.com for info. Vases (smooth and ribbed), sentimentoantiques.com for info. Hand-built pots and pitchers (rough-hewn) by Devin Dougherty, peninehart.com for info.

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