Do you have too much stuff? So did George Carlin! At least his stuff is funny! Enjoy...
I have seen collections that literally take over a room: hundreds of items stuffed into shelves, covering table tops and floors and crammed into cupboards.
The owners have the mentality that more is better but when there are dozens and hundreds of items, the mass of items are just that: a mass!
This is a marvelous example of how to showcase a collection: with restraint, with space and with drama.
With collections, less is MORE because each piece can be seen clearly and fully appreciated. If you have a huge collection, put most of it away and showcase a minimum. Every few months, pull out some of the other items and showcase them on a rotating basis.
I am a big fan of using the inside of cupboards for all kinds of uses. This idea not only gives you more drawer space as you hang your measuring scoops and spoons, but you can also put up measuring equivalents for quick reference.
Don't think that you have to hand paint all those little numbers and letters. Go to a craft store and get tape, numerals and letters that stick on.
Notice that the red strips with the hooks are located so that when the scoops and spoons hang down that they fit into the cupboard and are not banging up against the shelves.
If you bake a lot, this could be a real time-saver!
Too often I see laundry rooms that are grim, dark and dirty. They are the 'dumping ground' of the house and are home to everything from pet food and batteries to backpacks, boots and bicycles.
My challenge to you is to clean up your laundry room! Not only should you remove everything that does not pertain to laundry, but I want you to consider 'decorating' your laundry room so that it is attractive. Put up wallpaper or paint the walls. Hang pictures and install some lovely accessories. Stash away ugly boxes or containers of laundry soap and showcase those necessities in glass jars or pretty decanters or containers.
We all spend more time in our laundries that we would like, so why not make the space bright, cheerful, and even beautiful?
Do you like to collect things? Collections of items that all share the same color and theme have the most decorating power. The images of these blue and white ginger jars and temple jars massed together make a huge statement in a room.
It is not the same if you collect salt and pepper shakers and they are all of a different color and size. Mass all of those together and it will just look like a mass.
Notice that the rooms are almost all white. They picked one color of the ginger jar. The drapery in the one room is the blue of the ginger jars. In other words, they made the collection the focal point of the room and the room's style and color revolve around that alone.
If you have a collection of like-colored, like-proportioned items, mass them together and get great decorating impact from them if you let them take center stage and let the rest of the room quietly complement them.
Drapery can be so elegant: long swaths of sheers blowing in the breeze, folds of thick, midnight blue velvet keeping out the cold or a cheerful pattern framing the trees outdoors. If we love drapery, how come we don't think about using it as room dividers or dramatic accents?
Why put up with a door when a rod and a delicious fabric that is swagged back will give far more flair? Why live with cavernous rooms when panels of fabric can softly delineate where the living room ends and the dining room begins? Want some drama? Put up a rod and drapery panel in an unexpected place and ramp up your decor.