If you read At Home, you know we feature a collection nearly every month (click here). And today, our columnist, Cece Fourchy, takes the concept of collecting and goes to town with it! Hoping to start her own collection, she gathered a few for inspiration, from designers, editors and fashion bloggers alike.
Most people have collected something or started a collection of some kind at some point. For most, itâs things like baseball cards, old postage stamps, or antique silver. For me, during a brief (and embarrassing) part of my young life, it was Beanie Babies. In terms of decorating, thereâs not a whole lot you can do with Beanie Babies except for arranging them in a little grouping on your bed, or maybe sitting them together on your dresser. And trust me, the look is not very glamorous. My Beanie days behind me, Iâm dying to start a more adult collection (maybe fabulous china, maybe Limoges boxesâ¦), and hopefully incorporate it into my decorating scheme. I think displaying collections adds such a personal touch to a home, and it would be wonderful to glance at a collection of things that have stories behind them. Before I settle on my collection, Iâm drawing inspiration from those who display their passions with style.
I love how Hamish Bowles displays his assemblage of fezzes on stacks of books and a stereo on this console table. The hats perfectly distract from the technological look of the speakers and add a touch of bold color.
A grouping of antique glove molds in fashion designer Erin Fetherstonâs apartment renders a dramatic effect when diplayed on a white shelf.
Â Jane Aldridge of the fashion blog Sea of Shoes proudly displays her shoes like a work of art. If I had her shoe collection, I think Iâd be showing it off too.
A classically fabulous fine china collection serves as wall decoration in the breakfast room of this English country home.
Â Herve Pierre gives his hat collection purpose with this tres chic vignette. Whimsical and unique, this is exactly the look I want to go for.
Â In Polly Mellenâs bathroom, the only decorations are framed Christmas cards from the one and only Yves Saint Laurent. What more could you need??
I think a great excuse to start accumulating various Hermes items would be to use the boxes as decoration. The perfect pop of famous orange totally changes the look of a room. Ten Birkin bags for me please!
Â Ines de la Fressange, Parisian style arbiter and muse extraordinaire, has an array of personal touches all around her pink apartment. These cigarette boxes, printed with the designs of classic literature, are placed amongst other special objects for a truly personal look.
The sisters love to entertain! To us, it’s so much more fun to gather with friends and family in your own home than to go to a restaurant where you reallly can’t visit with everyone.
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Like many of you, we are very, very busy and don’t have a lot of time for cooking and party planning. With the holidays behind us and Spring still far away, it’s very tempting to just hibernate and lose touch with our friends and the ones we love.
So…we’ve learned that the best way to entertain this time of year is to go cozy, casual, and comfortable. Our approach? Invite a few friends over and tell them to come exactly as they are, to just wear sweaters and jeans…
(actress, Summer Glau)
Start a big fire and light candles all over the house…
(Design: Vicki Archer, Article Link)
(Patty Hoffert, Article Link)
Don’t worry about table settings and fancy centerpieces; gather around the island or even just around the coffee table by the fire…
(Photo: Jose Picayo, Design: David DeMattei and Patrick Wade via House Beautiful)
Pull together a huge platter of cheeses, crackers and olives (or whatever strikes your fancy)…
Try this simple recipe for spicy Saltines that your guests will be talking about for days. The best part is that you can make them in advance and freeze them!
(via sweetteethgoodies, recipe adapted)
1 box of Saltine crackers
1 1/2 cup of oil
1 packet of ranch dressing
2 tsp. garlic powder
2 tsp. crushed red pepper
Place your crackers into a large container that can be sealed with a fitted lid.
Mix the remaining ingredients, and pour mixture over crackers.
Seal and gently toss. Serve after 48 hours of coating.
Bring out the special wine or maybe stir up a pitcher of fabulous sangria…
Turn off the TV and turn on some good music…
Live, Love and Laugh: Life is too short for anything else!
Mona & Talena
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