Some Inspiration: Collections

My Collections Pinterest board is growing. I’ve been enjoying perusing through numerous pictures and selecting the ones I like so I can refer to them later. I love seeing things grouped together. Especially unexpected things. And especially vintage things. When displayed thoughtfully, an item can speak volumes by itself. But, there’s something so intriguing about similar items showcased together. Whether two or twenty, a collection speaks intent, admiration, and surprise (in my opinion). Here are a few collections that I just love.

Collection of Ceramic Animals

I think this collection of ceramic animals as found on Things Organized Neatly is just adorable. Most of the pieces appear to be small planters to me. A group like this would look great displayed in one of those large compartment shelves (or an old drink crate if your collection is small) in a child’s room. If they are planters (or even if most of them are), they would also look awesome in a kitchen…I’m thinking in a cluttered vintage-inspired kitchen or as a statement in an otherwise pretty simple and maybe even more modern kitchen. I like the idea of displaying them on a single shelf with succulents and/or herbs planted in them.

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Who would’ve thought bundt pans could make such an impact? I love this collection that Abbey Hendrickson (hownowdesign on Flickr) has put together. It looks like maybe some have been spray painted. I think that would be a fun way to get a cohesive look and the colors you want to match your kitchen. I also think it would be really neat to find old bundt pans and leave them in the state they are found so that the age and stories (whatever they may be) shine through.

Collection of Vintage Photos

Lisa Congdon’s (Bird in the Hand on Flickr) vintage photo collection is so cool. I really like how they are simply displayed with thumb tacks and no frames. The possibilities for a vintage photo collection are many. You could collect old portraits, themed photographs (perhaps of churches, homes, landscapes, etc.), family pictures (if you’re so lucky as to attain these), or all of these. You could display them in a certain shape or maybe within open frames (sort of like the collection of cameras below).

Collection of Cameras

Collecting old cameras isn’t a new idea (at least not among the group of people I know). But I love this fresh take on how to display them. Cameras in a frame rather than pictures in a frame is quirky and captivating. I have one old camera, but I might consider finding a few more so I can do this (although just one would probably look good displayed by itself)!

Collection of Chairs

A collection of chairs (photo by madebyjames on vsco.co)! I have absolutely no room in my house to even begin to collect chairs much less display them, but I just love the idea. If you had enough space, I think a functional display would be pretty cool…one where you could easily grab more chairs for additional company (of course, the chairs would need seats unlike the ones pictured here). The collection pictured here appears to have paint names on tags beautifully attached to their corresponding painted chairs. This would be a neat idea for a small business that carries specialty paints so that customers could easily see how the paint looks on an item. Attaching a “before” photo of the chair might add a little charm as well. I think it would also be neat to do this in a large home where all your leftover paint colors are used and brought together in a functional display like I just mentioned.

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Some Inspiration: DIY Garlands

I don’t know about you, but I love the idea of garlands. I say “idea” because I’ve never actually made or personally used one. But that’s going to change! I’ve been pinterest-ing garlands and buntings, and here are a few of my favorites that I plan on using as inspiration.

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I LOVE that this garland incorporates real seasonal items with seasonal pictures (aka memories). I think it would be really cool to have this in some sort of permanent place and change out the items each season. I might would use branches for winter and dried seasonal flowers for spring and summer. Of course, it would also be cute to have handmade representations of each season. Perhaps felt leaves for fall, paper snowflakes (in plain white or pretty scrapbook paper) for winter, stuffed fabric raindrops for spring, and some sort of handmade popsicles for summer. It looks like all of the items on the garland were attached to the piece of string or yarn with those really cute itsy bits clothespins. Love that.

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I saw this awesome garland several months ago. I am determined to try it at some point…if I can get past the fact that I have to use a whole skein of yarn for each pom pom (anyone else a cheapo?). Maybe I’ll hit the yarn jackpot at a garage sale or flea market soon.

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The possibilities seem almost endless with this cute cloud garland. You could make clouds…or raindrops or lightning or bunnies or sharks or palm trees or lemons. And you could use scrapbook paper…or card stock or fabric or felt. Most of the blog post for this cute cloud garland is in a language I can’t read, but it appears to me that the creator might have just made 2 cutouts for each cloud and attached them with the string in the middle. If that’s not how it was done, then perhaps it could be?? Seems pretty easy to me. You would just have to remember to your clouds (or any other shape you use) match up with the good side of your paper or fabric or whatever you go with facing out if it isn’t two-sided. It also kind of looks to me like the little stars between the clouds might be stickers. Again, if not, maybe that’s an easier alternative.

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I’m in love with this garland. It’s cute, colorful, and perfect. Now, if I can just get my sewing machine out (it’s been in a box for over 2 years…terrible) and learn to use it. This is my inspiration.

Some Inspiration: Spring Dreaming

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I’ve always said that I love winter. But I guess that’s because I’ve always been used to very inconsistent winter weather. Previously, a typical Louisiana winter consisted of one day at 75° F, the next day at 30° F, 2 days later at 50° F, and the cycle would continue. I complained about that before, but now I’ve been complaining about something else. Because this year has been different. It’s been cold A LOT. The kind of cold that feels even colder because of 95% humidity. Brrrr. I’m ready for warmer weather! I’ve been dreaming of Spring and these pretty little things.

1. Love this shoe. Love these colors. ModCloth always pleases.
2. How cute is this little bunny cupcake stand from Pottery Barn? Perfect for Easter treats, and it could double as a jewelry holder or catch-all on your bedside table!
3. I love this plant stand! It could be used for so many things…little pots of succulents, candles, jars of craft supplies, table setups, etc. This whole line of Threshold products from Target is great!
4. A gorgeous gold lamp. All of Target’s lamps are wonderful. In fact, I’m pretty sure that 75% of the lamps in my house are from Target.
5. I’m in need of curtain tie-backs for my bedroom. I found them (I’ll probably be ordering the antique brass, though). Urban Outfitters has so many great options.
6. This Anthropologie dress is basic enough to be dressed up or down, but different enough to set yourself apart from the crowd.
7. I’ve been wanting an egg crate. I just really like them for some reason. I doubt I would use it for actual eggs, but I do think it would be real cute as an organizer of some sort. Anthro has the most color options I’ve found, but World Market has some similar ones in white and yellow for half the price.
8. I haven’t met a Mrs. Meyer*s scent that I don’t like, but I think Parsley might be my favorite. This hand soap is worth every bit of $4.
9. Another pretty thing from Pottery Barn. This lumbar pillow is the perfect Spring addition to a lovely living room or cozy *screen porch. I love how the words, “cottontail” and “rabbit,” are displayed on it.
10. Flowery Spring bobbies! This Etsy shop (kisforkani) has a bunch of awesome floral headpieces.
11. Backpacks are a weakness of mine. A mint, nomad-inspired one? I might have a hard time passing this up with my World Market birthday credit and coupon I’ll be using in the next few days!

*Matt and I are hopefully about to have a screen porch of our own. So, naturally, I was dreaming of pretty pillows and cute decorations to put out there. I can’t wait! If I’m diligent enough, I plan on capturing the process and, of course, the end results.