Sunday, January 8, 2012

Collections or Accumulations

Recently, a worker at my house asked if I collected roosters.  I said No! (a sophisticated designer like me; seriously!)   Then I looked around the room and realized I did have ALOT of roosters that I had accumulated over the years.  This started me thinking, I hadn't set out to start a fowl collection, but in acquiring those things that spoke to me,  I had an accumulation of them.
As a designer,  I often have to caution clients not to buy something just because it's the right color or fills a space.  Instead, take the time to find those pieces that speak to you or have a special meaning for you.  The lamp at the left is a perfect example of this.  Some of you may recognize this from a Goodwill commercial from several years ago. They suggested that if you inherited such a lamp and wanted to get rid of it, bring it to Goodwill.   My lamp was a gift from a dear friend and comes with a very funny (but long ) story. 
So to collect or acquire?  I say take your time and find those touches that best represent YOU and your taste.  A good designer can steer you in the right direction, but ultimately the final choice should be what speaks to you.    Can you hear my roosters crow?     
Accumulations are always more interesting, as they are less pretentious than collections.. They just happen.  As I was writing this, I realized much of what I design and display with has become a collection of sorts, and this is the fun of design.


  1. Looks like you're getting your blog off to a good start! Congratulations and thank you for stopping by

  2. Collection.... Accumulation..... A rose is a rose.... LOL It's amazing what we continue to buy when we like something! In my case, I'm purging my "accumulations." Too much of a good thing... :-)

    1. Thank you for visiting my blog. I spent last week at the Atlanta Market---talk about things to accumulate!!! Soon, I will post some great ideas for displaying all our stuff. Thanks again.

  3. Congratulations on joining the blogging community. May I suggest you link up this post to a weekly party called Some Good Stuff. (of course I have a link on my blog, a post or two back.)
    I tend to be the hoarder type of collector, but am trying to do better. Maybe your beautiful displays will inspire and motivate me.