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Saturday
Feb142009

Baubles, knick-knacks, objets d’art, souvenirs, trinkets + triflings

I’m a geegaw magnet. I have a miniature tramp art chair that sits atop a stack of books, some crystal turtles and mercury glass vases that are show-offs on an end table, a collection of print blocks that fill a book shelf, an ironstone bowl filled with pine cones, and more and more and more... And sometimes it feels like these little objects are reproducing in the night and taking over and becoming just annoying clutter. So, over the years, I’ve made myself take some unknown decorator’s advice and buy no object smaller than my head. This limits those clusters of little bitty things on every surface. And some surfaces are blissfully empty.

With all this in mind, I still love to see what others collect and how it’s displayed. Here are how designers and stylists have artfully arranged their collectables, souvenirs, and object d’art. 

 

Ryan Korbin via Desire to Inspire

 


TOP, Mark Lund, Lund Photo; CENTER + BOTTOM, Trevor Dixon, photographer

 

 


TOP, Mark Lund, Lund Photo; CENTER, Trever Dixon, photographer; BOTTOM, Michele Michael, stylist


Above photos, Mark Lund, Lund Photo

 

 


TOP, Simon Carter via Desire to Inspire; CENTER, Michele Michael, stylist; BOTTOM, Lucyina Moodie, stylist

 

 


TOP, Ruthis Sommers, Domino; CENTER, Kim Fiscus, House Beautiful; BOTTOM, Markham Robert, House Beautiful

 

 

TOP, Trevor Dixon, photographer; CENTER, source misplaced — my apologies; BOTTOM, Mark Lund, Lund Photo

 

 


TOP, Mary McDonald, House Beautiful; CENTER, Kim Fiscus, House Beautiful; BOTTOM, Claire Forlani, Domino

 

 

TOP, Emily Summers, House Beautiful; CENTER, Kelly Wearstler, Domino; BOTTOM, India Hicks, Domino

 

 

Photos above, Janne Peters, photographer

 


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Reader Comments (4)

But why do my collections -- that I try to
place artfully -- look like clutter and these
don't?! Love the "no smaller than your
head" guideline...

February 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNola

"Geegaw" ?????

February 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterColleen

I love the polka dot baby blue wallpaper.....mom, please be this creative on my new room!

February 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterIsabel

Hello top lamp and eagle console!

That console should be mine.

February 17, 2009 | Unregistered Commentererin@designcrisis

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