Inspiration: Unique Collection Displays

Yesterday's question about how to display hockey tickets got us thinking about collections in general. Some may write them off as tacky, but many will appreciate them as an authentic expression of personality. Collections are one of the first things that strike us when we enter a home. They tell us something instantly about the inhabitants, and also make for great conversation starters. A good display, however, is the real key to their success. Check out these perfect arrangements for collection inspiration...

FIRST ROW
1 Heads and busts are always striking, but this example takes the cake. The white scheme directs all the attention to the trophy display.
2 We love the striking Southwestern look of crosses and icons grouped in quantities on a white wall.
3 We love the look of vintage mirrored sconces, but finding an intact matching pair to flank a window or mirror has proved difficult, so we like this luminous, creative alternative.
4 A functional display of hooks transforms an entry wall into a point of interest.
5 We love this romantic group of antique candlestick holders. The variety of shapes and sizes replaces formality with whimsy.

SECOND ROW
6 Humble things make fascinating displays. I love how individually none of these stones or boards is particularly breath-taking, but when grouped they're magical.
7 We love the collection of heart rocks collected by Megan Duerksen's (of Whatever blogfame) children.
8 Vintage prints on a theme — botanical, birds, boats, etc. — look fabulous arranged in matching frames and set on a grid.
9 Mirrors in various shapes and frames have a high impact and do wonders to brighten a room when placed to reflect light form a window.
10 Collections can be outside too! We love our friend, Mary's, grouping of cacti in terra cotta pots. Spread around the patio they might mot be as interesting, but as arranged they remind us of a trail of ducklings.

THIRD ROW
11&12 Erika from Urban Grace framed vintage matchbooks that she found at a flea market.

(Images: 1: via Cote de Texas, 2: Coastal Living, 3: House Beautiful, 4: Living etc., 5: via Simply Natural Decor, 6: via The Happy Haven, 7: Whatever, 8: Wisteria, 9: Southern Living, 10: Leah Moss, 11&12: Urban Grace)