When collectors begin collecting they often start with pieces they are drawn to. Probably the worst kept secret ever is that we’re drawn to blue and white pieces - of all kinds, no discrimination here! However, what you often don’t hear from collectors is that they start out small. I mean.. really small. This is the case for a multitude of reasons, for one, they are not sure what their collection will end up amounting to. They often think, ‘well maybe this is just a phase’ or ‘I’m not sure if I will be lucky enough to keep finding these types of pieces.’. A secondary concern that often arises is whether or not they will have the space for their growing collection within the confines of their current homes. Regardless of the reasons for WHY collectors star out small.. they often don’t continue to buy small!
As our collection grew, we found ourselves with a large amount of smaller scaled blue and white pieces that began to make various rooms of our home feel cluttered. Worst of all..those ‘first finds’ began to feel neglected with none of them having the proper display areas.
As a result, our hunt began for the prefect way to group them all together to give them the attention they most certainly deserved! For us, that hunt took us into our garage of all of all places! This beautiful shelf made of mahogany had been taken out of our home a few years ago.. at the time it felt dated, too dark and overall no longer suited the feel of our home. Let this be a lesson to you, your feelings can change about the furniture pieces you own over the years so refrain from getting completely rid of things on a whim. Instead switch pieces out and keep them in storage or in our case, the garage until you feel the need to reintroduce them into your home.
Our big learning from grouping our smaller blue and white pieces together is that it allowed these pieces to gain purpose again. In fact, they began to play off each other and we started to notice details in each of these pieces that had not come to light before. Ultimately, it became a very whimsical way for our very traditional blue and white pieces to be display!