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?