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.
Cluster Bulky Playthings, Like Globes or Vintage Toys, on a Low, Wide Platform
When you have objects that are fun to interact with, you want to keep them within easy reach. To create a sense of happy abundance, pack in as many as you can. Think of each item as a piece in a puzzle, and find the right fit in relation to others in the display. The bottom shelves can store small extras. For dusting globes, use a dry microfiber cloth (cleaning products could damage coatings). Three-tier steel-and-brass étagère, $2,800, lizobrien.com for info. For a similar option: Global Views Timeless table, $2,795, abchome.com. Simplicity globe (on mantel), $185, conranusa.com. All other globes courtesy of Prop Company Kaplan & Associates, 212-691-7767.