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I saw this image yesterday on The Inspired Room and thought it was such a cute idea; especially if you have kids.

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This Summer while visiting different beaches why not start a beach sand collection? Simply collect, label and date and at the end of the Summer you have a wonderful memory of  Summer fun.

If  you always visit the same beach collect the sand at different locations (near the water, up by the dunes, down by the jetties).

3 Tips to Achieving a Decluttered Look Without Giving Up Collecting

We all know the big buzz word for 2012 is decluttering. Everyone is talking about cleaning out, living with less, downsizing and getting organized. The fact is though most people still love to collect (myself included). So the big question is, how can you continue to collect (or even keep your existing collections) and achieve that decluttered look at the same time?

#1. Display one collection at a time.  Multiple collections all displayed at the same time will add both visual as well as physical clutter and not give your home that “living with less” feeling you are trying to achieve. Try rotating your collections and showcasing only one at a time. Maybe your basket collection can take center stage in the Summer then pack it away and highlight your collection of colorful vases in the Winter. This way your collections will always seem fresh and you will keep the clutter to a minimum.

 

 

#2. Keep your collections contained. Another way to live with your collections and still achieve that decluttered look is to keep your collection in a designated cabinet. The cabinet below houses a collection of pottery, books and globes yet the room doesn’t look or feel cluttered at all.

 

Better Homes and Garden

 

 

#3. Use your collections as wall art. Declutter by getting your collections off the table surfaces and on to the wall as art. There is no rule that art work has to be flat and if your collection is colorful all the better.

 

This collection of baskets add texture as well as color in this entrance.

 

 

What a fun idea for a tween or teen to use their colorful  hand bag collection as art.

 

This colorful Anime collection seems almost sophisticated when installed along the entire wall in this dining room.

 

 

Lastly, if you are lucky enough to be renovating or building what a great idea to actually build a display wall for your collections. Just think how much fun it would be to swap out collections on a seasonal basis;  Coral in the Summer, Nutcrackers at Christmas, a collection of Red items around Valentine’s Day, Pumpkins in the Fall… so many possibilities!

 

 

So how about you…Are you a collector who wants that declutterd look and feel in 2012? I know I am.

 

Collecting and Displaying Books..How Many Are Too Many?

One of my (many) passions is books. I have been collecting them since High School and I feel the same way about books as I do art; I couldn’t be truly happy living without either. I think the easiest way to make a house a home is to surround yourself with books that you love. This past week I have been thinking about books more than usual. You see, my oldest son is moving back to Boston after graduating college and then spending the past year in San Francisco. He is selling most of his  belongings on Craigslist but all of  his books are being shipped back to us. Every day the mail man delivers more and more boxes of books. He finally asked me yesterday if I had bought out a library.  My son warned me he had “a lot” of books but I had no idea what “a lot” meant until this week. Here is what we have received so far.

…more boxes are evidently coming….a lot more….seriously??

 

 

I guess I only have myself to blame for my son’s book obsession.  He grew up surrounded by books.  We have books in bookcases, books on tables, and books stacked next to the bed. I even use some of of my decorating books as a side table.

 

I consider Design Magazines, “soft” books, so I collect those as well. I have recently decided it is time to get rid of the really old ones (pre-2006) so I have been purging them…painful but not as painful as if I had to get rid of my books.  Here are 2 of the 4 sets of floating shelves under the eves in our master bedroom. All the shelves are neatly stacked with magazines.

 

There are so many creative ways to display books. The most common way obviously is in a bookcase. I think it  looks best to have some books standing up and some laying down, intermixed with other objects and art work. Bookcases are such a beautiful focal point when done right, like this one with a beautiful green painted back.

Molly Luetkmeyer of M. Design Interiors

 

If you are going for that whole library look then just line them up and fill the shelves.

 

Pinterest

 

If your front door brings you directly into the living room, using an open bookcase as a room divider is a great idea.

 

 

Unusually shapes bookcases can do double duty as both art and storage, like this wall of  diagonal shelves done by Kelly Wearstler for the Viceroy Hotel in Santa Monica.

 

or this creative one of a kind bookcase.

 

A fellow blogger, The Decorologist even used her fireplace as a unique place to display her books.

 

 

As far as how many books are too many?  I would say somewhere around this many.

 

 

Well have to run…..Boarders Book Stores liquidation sale begins today…my son just called and told me.

 

If you would like some help displaying your books, give me a call.

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