While I have never chosen to live with a mass of things--no matter how interesting--I am always fascinated with people who have the energy, imagination, and patience to be avid collectors and who display what they have accumulated with panache. Creativity never ceases to amaze me. And after seeing the article on The New Antiquarians in the Home section of today's New York TIMES, I'm tempted to get into the closets and see what I've hidden away that should see the light of day. It's like coming back from a trip to Paris or Milan--being besotted with the sense of style and fashion--and then trying to pull it off in Ames, Iowa. But the challenge is fun. What do you have that might make your tablescapes or bookshelves more interesting?
My friend Janet keeps her Christmas ornaments out all year long--stored in huge glass containers. They look fabulous. Think about it and enjoy the process.