Beautiful Ways to Display & Organize Collections

For some, there are items that just make our hearts beat a little faster and we feel a little happier to have these items around us – and this is how our collection begins!  The fun part is searching for and acquiring the items for our collections, but the challenge comes in how to display them.

While checking out at the grocery store the other day, the clerk mentioned to me that she collects vintage handkerchiefs but keeps them in a box because she doesn’t know how to display them.  This got my mind racing and….tada!  This week’s topic!

Beautiful Ways to Display & Organize Collections

A collection makes the biggest impact when it is grouped together, as opposed to spread throughout the home, because when grouped together:

  1. The individual pieces become more noticeable because they are not lost among other, unrelated items
  2. The pieces look organized and intentional

Find the Right Place

Before you can display your collection, though, the first step is to identify the right spot to showcase it.  You’ll need to take into account the type of collection you have so that you can find the right room to display it.  For example, a collection of vintage lunch boxes might work best in the kitchen.Lunchbox Collection
A glass collection could work well in the dining room.Milk glass collection
And a vintage mirror collection would work well in either a bedroom or bathroom.Vintage Mirror Collection
Once you know where to display your collection, you can move on to how to display it.

Ideas for Displaying Collections

As Art

You can turn your collections into a work of art simply by grouping the pieces together and hanging them directly on the wall.Teacut collection
Or, you can frame your pieces and hang them as a group. Spoon Collection
Either way, be sure to hang the items in a group that can grow so that you are not limited to a defined shape and can add to your collection over time.


On Shelves


Bookcases, dining hutches, cupboards, etc. all make for a great way to group items in a collection together and display them.

Just in case the grocery store clerk is reading this, here's a great way to display vintage handkerchiefs!  By Calsidyrose, via Flickr.
Just in case the grocery store clerk is reading this, here’s a great way to display vintage handkerchiefs! By Calsidyrose, via Flickr.


If your items have a lot of color variation, consider using a colored backdrop to help provide a unifying element (in this case, color).Teapot collection


In Displays

You can great vignettes, or displays, with your items around the home by clustering smaller groupings in one area.Seashell Collection

You can also add other, related items to your display for interest.Nature Collection




Ideas for Organizing

Once you know how you’ll display your collection, give some thought as to how you can organize it within the display, such as by color.  Glass collection by color

By size.  Rolling Pin Collection by Size

Or by shape.Seashell Collection by Shape


Collections can be so much fun and are a great way to let our personalities and our passions shine!  So don’t hide your favorite pieces away or leave them strewn about the house, gather them up and show them off!

Here are some of my other favorite pictures of collections.  Enjoy!


Basket Collection Camera Collection Camera Display in Frame Framed Handkerchief Collection Hat Collection Display Hat Collection Wall Art Hat Collection Vintage Clock CollectionToy Car collection









Tidbit Tuesday – Cutting Roses




Roses and DogwoodToday’s Tidbit:  Since my roses are now blooming, I thought I’d pass along a tip that my grandma gave to me some years ago.  Always cut roses at a 45 degree angle just above the first set of five leaves.  I don’t actually know the reasoning behind this, but I do know from experience that it works!

For more tips on cutting roses, check out this great overview from Rose Gardening Made Easy.









CeCe Caldwell’s Paints – My First Chalk Painting Project

CeCe Caldwell's PaintsNot too long ago, I decided that I really needed to learn how to paint furniture in order to solve a decorating dilemma on a budget.  Here’s my dilemma:  I used to LOVE anything and everything Tuscan but now I love vintage French.  Uh-oh!  What to do?!  While the shapes of furniture pieces can sometimes work between both styles, I’m finding that the colors are somewhat different.  So out with my gold, cranberry and terracotta and in with gray, blue and beige!  But instead of buying new things, I’ve decided to paint some of what I have.

I have now taken two chalk painting classes, including an all-day class on Saturday hosted at the Paris Flea Market and taught by Karen Berg of Redoux, Shelly Andrade of Shizzle Designs and CeCe Caldwell herself!  And now that I’ve finally finished my first chalk painting project, I’m ready to share it with you.

First, let me clarify that chalk paint is NOT the same as chalkboard paint (I’ll be quite unhappy if my kids draw on the side table I just painted!).  Chalk paint is actually a mineral paint that is very easy to work with, has fantastic coverage, and requires little to no preparation before painting.  This last part is particularly important to me because I lack patience when working on a project.  The prep work is always “work” and I’d rather just jump right in and get to the fun part!  Also, I tend to be a very messy painter, so for me, one of the best things about chalk paint is that if I make a mistake, I can just wipe away the paint with a damp cloth to “erase” any mistakes!

CeCe Caldwell and Karen Berg of Redoux
CeCe Caldwell (left) and Karen Berg at the Paris Flea Market painting class

CeCe Caldwell’s Paints are made from two types of clay and chalk in a water based solution.  I love CeCe Caldwell’s paints because they has NO Volatile Organize Compounds, are non-toxic and have no odor.  Even the wax is made from all natural products!  Another bonus is that the cans are recyclable, so when finished, I can just toss them into the recycle bin instead of having to make a special trip to dispose of the paint cans.  And did I mention the easy clean-up?  As you can guess, I like the cleaning up just about as much as I like the prep work, which is NOT AT ALL!  The great thing about CeCe Caldwell’s Paints is that the brushes can easily be cleaned up with a little soap and water, even if the paint has already dried in the brush.

My First Chalk Painting Project

CeCe Caldwell Chalk Painted Side Table Tidbits and Twine

CeCe Caldwell Chalk Painted Side Table 2 Tidbits and Twine

CeCe Caldwell Chalk Painted Side Table 3Tidbits and Twine

I bought a little side table some time ago at TJ Maxx and decided to bring it with me to my first class taught by Karen of Redoux.   It started out green, but I painted it first with a coat with Virginia Chestnut and then with Pittsburgh Gray.  After it dried, I water distressed portions of the piece and sealed the entire thing with Clear Wax.  And I just found a fun little drawer knob at the antique faire so I added it in place of the generic one that was originally on the table. I’m happy with how it turned out and found it a spot in my living room!

If you want to learn more about CeCe Caldwell’s Paints, you can visit their website here.  You can also check out Redoux for an entertaining and down-to-earth read that features lots of information on chalk painting and a look at some of the beautiful pieces that Karen has created.  Plus you’ll never believe how she can transform trash!  (And I literally mean trash!)  Also check out Shizzle Designs to view her beautiful painted pieces and to learn about the techniques she uses!

Next on my “To Paint” list is a velvet side chair, two cement urns, one terracotta pot and a large, ornate frame.  Stay tuned!


P.S. – I am not paid or otherwise endorsed by CeCe Caldwell’s Paints.  I’m just sharing with you a product I recently found and truly love!

CeCe Caldwell Signed Paint
Signed can of CeCe Caldwell’s Paint limited edition color Chesapeake Blue




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