Thursday, June 26, 2008


By now you know I'm somewhat of a collector -always have been. There are 2 camps -those who believe that collections are windows to the soul (like Charlotte Moss for example) or those who abhor clutter and posessions and are staunch minimalists for their own mental stability. Why do some people crave possessions while others eschew them?

a shelf full of collections from Tracy Garet, books, vases, dishes
john barman's collection of books
silver and books, perhaps?
artwork and artifacts
I'm always drawn to interiors which have more of the collected look -to me they're like extentions of the owner's persona and more interesting than a bland room. In life, everyone tends to be either very self-reflecting or outwardly reflecting; Perhaps the minimalists collect thoughts or feelings and leave the tangible posessions to us collectionists? One set appreciates internal beauty while the other appreciates the wonders of the world, but can these 2 camps ever mix? I don't know, but till I figure out why I'm a collector, I'll just keep enjoying!
Ralph Lauren collects WASP acoutrement

Someone after my own heart, a collection of china


Anonymous said...

Actually, the word is 'eschew'.
I enjoy your blog.

Pigtown-Design said...

I think you either have the gene or you don't. My dad was a collector and my mother isn't. I am a collector and so is my brother. My two sisters are TOTALLY not! I am of the feeling that more than three of anything is a collection!

Be the change..... said...

yes, i think my father is and my mom isn't really. All of my grandparents were though as well!

Cote de Texas said...

I am a collector! Especially of wonderful blogs. :)

Be the change..... said...

nice collection, cdt! i have a huge collection of those myself!!

Decor Fellow: James Saavedra said...

Ill admit- white porcelain dishes for every possible necessity -- oh and napkins...eek:)

Derek said...

Anyone who says they are not a collector need to inspect how many pairs of shoes they have in there closet. I had my collection published as poart of a contest. Nope... not going to tell you what it was. Maybe I'll share with BTC.

Be the change..... said...

touche about the shoes, derek! What did you have published??

My Notting Hill said...

love this post and all these images -especially the one with the yellow couch.