Displaying collections can present challenges. Not all collections can fit in an album, on a shelf, or in a curio cabinet. Some collections – however random they may start – begin to take up space better used for other purposes. Such is the collection of miniature rustic handmade chairs that I recently started thanks to a friend who has a keen eye for the types of uncommon items I adore.
It started with about 3 cute small-town antique shop finds (priced well below their going price on Etsy), perfectly suited for a table vignette or eclectic display. It quickly turned into a gaggle of chairs I had no place for. Unlike my crown collection that I have scattered all over the house, these really begged to stay together. So when there’s no available table, shelf or cabinet, it’s time to get creative, and that’s when I went vertical with my thought process.
I have this little hall off my kitchen that has 4 doors – the powder bath, the pantry, an exterior door, and the laundry room – and all these little skinny walls that are hard to fit art on due to their width and scattering of light switch plates that get right in the way. I started adding a few miniature framed pieces of art, but no one ever noticed them because with a narrow hall, you have to stand right in front of them to see them.
And so here is where my chairs found their new home – fastened to the walls with gold flat-head nails and the occasional piece of rustic twine – scattering around and over the doors and mixed in with my tiny framed art pieces and rustic signs. Now the space has dimension and it begs to be looked at and touched, and yet with all these doors, no one’s bumped a single chair to date. With the light of a small black glass chandelier for a little play on whimsy, I think they look imperfectly perfect.
Do you have a unique way of displaying a collection in your home? I’d love to hear your ideas, so please share in the comments below.