Better Together: The Power of Collections
When I was a kid, I had a huge keychain collection. Why on Earth I felt I needed so many keychains, or why I decided to start collecting them in the first place is absolutely beyond me, but nevertheless I loved that jingly ball of metal. I’m starting to find that my own daughter is beginning to gather collections of her own — shiny rocks, plastic princesses, and sticks, to name a few.
While they may not always be the most beautiful objects, I want to honor the fact that they are important to her by giving them a significant place in her room. To my surprise, I’ve found that even the items I thought would be an eyesore (plastic Disney princess, cough cough) can be striking when displayed as a group.
There’s just something about a grouping of similar objects that can be so powerful. Perhaps because it seems more purposeful or maybe because a group has a larger presence than an individual. Whatever the reason, here are some of my favorite examples of this phenomenon from our archives to illustrate my point:
1. Plastic Toys: Sam & Lars’ Happy Hand-Me-Down Room
2. Maps: Desmond’s Tiny Travel-Themed Room
3. Calendar Art: Archer’s “Happy Place” Nursery
4. Books: Oscar’s Bright Bold Abode
5. Children’s Art: Violet’s Room