I often find myself inspired by the home décor captured in our magazines. Peering into a person’s home tells a special kind of story. The color palette, the textures of the fabrics, the shape of the furniture—each element is a clue into what the homeowners love, where they’ve been, and what sets them at ease. Those pieces offer useful ideas that we can often translate into our own homes.
I’m especially impressed by the way well-curated collections lend personality and interest to a space. A mix of something like antique and collectible thimbles, for instance, reveals a beloved hobby as well as the places someone has traveled. Even the quirky ones from a tourist shop make a fun little statement. At the same time, those elements soften a space and make it unique. You’re familiar with my love for blue and white; finding a new piece of antique china is always exciting. Even if I don’t purchase it, I love keeping an eye out for the special things I feel connected to. There’s a thrill in the hunt for a collector.
That’s why I so enjoyed the section on collectibles included in Cottage Kitchens, the new special issue from The Cottage Journal. They offer an informative look at a few classic collectibles, including vintage Pyrex and unique salt and pepper shakers. There’s even a selection of pig-shaped cutting boards, which made for a rustic addition in one cottage kitchen.
I learned more than a few interesting facts, too. Did you know that Pyrex began as glass inserts to railroad lanterns? If you’re a collector, I’m sure you did. The collector is always a special kind of expert, adding to her knowledge as she acquires a new item.
What do you love to collect?