Last week, we wrote about decorating with collections of useful things: sewing tools, dry goods, dishes, clothes, and blankets were just a few examples. Today, we're revisiting the idea that functional things can be beautiful, too...
- Artfully arranged collections of useful things, like the pen cups shown above, are all over the Fahden's home.
- In Laura's home, Q-tips and cotton pads look great in apothecary jars, while a display of stones adds some color and texture to the arrangement.
- Hung on hooks, Steve and Sarah's colanders become wall decor. The set-up makes them easily accessible and adds to the character of the kitchen.
- B, Joe & Rachael's bicycle collection looks sharp against the railings of their split-level dining room.
- Built-in shelves are the perfect backdrop for Terisa and Colin's wine collection. The arrangement creates a focal point in their kitchen.
- Kim uses a collection of fabric scraps for projects. Folded on top of a case of drawers, they match the color scheme of her office.
- Jacob and Laurie store their daughter's shoes in a brightly painted wall shelf, which was a CD tower in a former life.
- Random cooking tools look organized in pink containers, which complement the colors of Amy's kitchen.
- Books are classic examples of useful objects that double as attractive decor. Tanis and Terry keep their collection in a handsome antique lawyer's cabinet.
- Naz and Jen decorated the face of their fridge in business cards.
• Decorating with Utilitarian Collections