Happy Monday, everyone! I arrived back from AltSummit feeling excited, energized, and eminently grateful for the opportunity to bask in the presence of so many friends and respected colleagues. Of course I also made time to hit up Salt Lake City's fabulous antiques shopping scene. A highlight? Retro Rose, a vintage housewares shop organized entirely by color!
As I plumbed the depths of Retro Rose's rainbow of displays, I got to thinking about how color can be a terrific guiding light for the amateur collector. Sure it's lovely to assemble a priceless grouping of 18th century Wedgwood Jasperware, but it's equally satisfying--and much more accessible--to mix pieces of different styles and eras, all united by a single favorite hue.
You don't even need a zillion items to give impact to a monochromatic collection. Here a small handful of sweet vases and knickknacks makes for a charming turquoise and gold vignette. Add a stand-out treasure in a complimentary hue--in this case a yellow figurine--for extra pow.
Glassware in a range of amber and smoke tones gives this console a modern yet historied feel. The hodgepodge of various shapes and silhouettes is a feast for the eyes, and classically shaped lamps in solid black give weight to the ethereal quality of the glass.
A serene and soothing display of canning jars and crockery looks even better when bound by a palette of robin's egg and yellowware. Consider mixing several smaller, less expensive pieces in one hue (ie. the jars) with a couple larger, pricier items in another (ie. the mixing bowls). It's a budget savvy way to make your collection seem larger than it really is.
Not everything in your collection must have an antique pedigree. A massing of bowls from inexpensive sources such as Target or Anthropologie provides oomph, while items such as a cake stand and enamel stock pot offer a unique vintage feel.
Collections are often like potato chips--once you get started it's hard to stop! Above, each shelf is organized according to a different shade, and below, the graphic appeal of floral plates make them a handy stand-in for wallpaper.
Tell me: do you have any collections? If so, what are your organizing principles? I've been building a few of my own, and if the sun ever comes out here in San Francisco, I'll take some photos and share!
P.S. For more vintage eye candy, check out the next installment in the series of inspiration boards I created for Project Wedding!