Friday, March 03, 2006

collections



This colorful display in my aunt's home really sparked my imagination about how something as inexpensive as a glass bottle can make such a big impact when grouped together as a collection.

Location is also important when planning a display. Here my aunt took advantage of a mirrored built-in cabinet and used tiny lights to illuminate them (pictured above). A porch rail or window ledge is also another great way to display glass, the afternoon sunlight brings out its translucent qualities. Below is a picture of my vintage miniature bottle collection. Last spring I moved them onto my kitchen window ledge to display sweet pea cuttings.



Here are a few random ideas for creatively displaying vintage collections:

Draping vintage hankies diagonally on a shelf so the corner triangles are hanging over the edge in lieu of vintage scalloped shelf paper.

Display folded stacks of colorful vintage linens on open shelving arranged by color.

Try not to be a slave to convention, instead use an object out of context to show off your ingenuity. Old metal wire egg baskets are great for storing things such as art supplies, and something as common as a old metal beach pail can breathe new life as a clever brush, soap, or towel holder on a bathroom vanity.

Backs of old postcards can be re-used as apothecary bottle labels with spray adhesive, the image showing on the reverse side through the body of the bottle.

Items in a display can be completely unrelated in theme as long as the colors harmonize. Try looking to the past for color palette inspiration.

By moving objects around in your home every now and again, you'll feel as if your collection is brand new!

10 comments:

jenny vorwaller said...

the postcard idea is so good! and i love seeing your aunt's home, its always so exquisite, it must be in the genes then...

mj said...

Just loved your post...so MANY WONDERFUL IDEAS.....

kathy said...

Loved this entry Jenny. Love that last little green vase...and I have the exact same white pitcher in the backround!

Thanks for the inspiration...

kathy

jenny vorwaller said...

kathy :) this entry was written by kathleen! :) (its a beautiful vase too...)

Tongue in Cheek Antiques said...

I feel I have come home and found a kindred spirit in the tag tales scheme of things!

Jes said...

OH! Your Aunt always has the BEST displays! Just like in the magzines! (NO...EVEN BETTER!)

lorien said...

inspiring... great display, tallented aunt;)
there's so many ways to refresh every collection, whatever it contains. my problem is that sometimes I just threw everything away and start a new collection... well...

Elaine said...

hoooooooray!!! you are back writing again. good. you are on my blog roll afterall. look forward to reading your posts regularly! i really like your topic. one of my big interests too altho my apartment is to capacity and i live too far from brimfield.

Aurora said...

The last picture sparked a gentle memory for me. My mom always kept an old Aunt Jemima bottle in the windowsill (back when they were glass!) I was the one who always picked her "hat"...I think mom used that as a good excuse to get me out of her hair! But sweet.

Aurora

Sew-Thrifty! said...

Wow! What a wonderful treasure trove of ideas! AND a fellow thrift shopper! I can't wait to try your felting technique and make some bags! Thanks so much for the inspiration!