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.
Show Off Small Objects, Like Dice, Matchboxes, or Dollhouse Miniatures, in a Divided Case
Use a Sunny Window to Make Glass Bottles or Crystal Animals Sparkle
Play Up Natural Finds, Like Stones and Seashells, in a Kooky Fishbowl
Make Cheeky Art From Sock Monkeys or Other Soft Toys
Elevate Salt and Pepper Shakers or Figurines With a Museum-Style Case
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.