Your home should reflect the way you live, your passions, and evolve with your personal style. Creating a space surrounded by beautiful things you love is one of the best ways to express your own style and improve your quality of life.


A collection is born innocently enough, you find an antique piece that catches your eye, and place it in a special place at home. Soon, you see another one that you can’t live without, and voila, a collection is born.




Infuse your home with your personality, collecting treasures that capture your heart and delight you and displaying them in an artful way creates a distinctive style all your own.


Here’s the secret to displaying the pieces in your collection in an eye-catching way.



As a newly married young wife, my Mom gave me a beautiful porcelain little box. I loved it on sight, it was like nothing we owned at the time, and my love affair with miniature French porcelain Limoges and English enamelware boxes is still going strong.



To display them here at home, I group them on a silver tray. This is the trick for displaying a collection of small items. Grouping diminutive objects together gives them distinction. prominence.



If you are fortunate enough to have inherited family heirlooms, display them with your collections!




When my grandmother left me her beautiful silver teapot, above with the wood finial and handle, and her antique blue & white tea caddy and diminutive tea cup, I knew they would be right at home in my little white cabinet filled with my own silver tea things.



Do you have a collection of small things that you would love to show off?  When I inherited my grandfather and grandmother’s silver napkin rings, it stirred up my love for antique silver napkins rings.  Since then, I’ve collected some very special ones, and I didn’t want to see them waning away in a drawer.

I found this beautiful antique display case, which is really just an antique frame with a wooden box built onto the box. The heavy glass pane can slide up and down in a slot where the two meet. Now I consider this a “work of art” which hangs in our living room for all of us to enjoy!




Collections will add a personal spark to your home!  I assembled this collection of antique sterling topped vanity containers on a mirrored plateau in my bedroom because they sparkle and shine much more, all together! {Besides, they just like being together.} One belonged to my grandmother, the others I collected to sell in my FrenchGardenHouse shop.





It’s only natural to want to take something beautiful home as a memory of places you’ve traveled to.  Collections are often begun when you travel, but there is no rule that they have to be touristy objects. {you know what I mean, right?}


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If you love the beach, and nothing makes you happier than to think of long, sun-filled days by the water, why not celebrate those holidays with a collection of antique shell objects as well as shells?  This small wall hung shelf has a collection of Victorian shellwork boxes, and shells and beach glass gathered on trips around the world.





In the same room, we placed an antique Victorian parian figure surrounded by shells.  Curating a few beautiful displays to highlight your collection is the secret to success. Don’t allow your collections to roam and wander all over your house!



You want to create some visual WOW moments at home, and collections are a great way to do that!  Our collections of antique etchings we bought on trips to Europe always draws compliments.  They are muted enough not to steal all the attention from anything else I want to display on this little cabinet that houses our stereo equipment in our living room at FrenchGardenHouse.



Gathering all your favorite pieces together in one breathtaking presentation makes much more of an impact than parceling out one by one in a room.



Because I often have a selection of antique silver small pieces for sale at FrenchGardenHouse, {and I secretly love and enjoy them in our home for awhile before offering them for sale!}, displaying them on a huge antique platter ties them all together so they don’t look tiny and “get lost” in the room.



This was one of my all-time favorite mantel displays in our guest bedroom.



The mantel is filled with a glorious array of antique Blue & White pottery Delft and Makkum pieces. To make this group even more engaging, the simple white cachepot and bright blue larkspur plant are the perfect accent for these sensational antiques.




This is another one of my all time favorites. I grouped my collection of antique ironstone and black and white French transferware pieces together in this French armoire with a few antique French Toleware pieces.  Almost the whole display is black and white, but then I added the French red tole wine carrier in there for a little pop of fun! {I’m a fan of fun, you might have noticed!}


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Sometimes, I rotate my collections.  Here is the same armoire, this time holding our collection of antique French majolica. This display gives our room a whole different feel and look!


That’s the beauty of decorating with collections, they add life, fun, interest to a room. They express your style and personal interests, And they can change the look and feel of your room at the same time.




If your goal is to create a home that reflects your own style and to refresh your existing rooms by adding a few show-stopping accessories, I hope you will check out our many antique decor accents.


Perhaps you will find something that will capture your heart and imagination, and jumpstart a collection of your own!





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  1. Sigh, you have such lovely things and you are a genius at displaying them. What a treat for the eyes today. thank you!

  2. I can honestly say from first hand experience that your collections in your beautiful home are stunning! I would love to start a napkin ring collection….hoping to find some good ones.They are such great things to look for especially when you are traveling…an easy thing to pack in your suitcase…Now I am on the hunt for some wonderful vanity jars with the silver lids…you got me hooked on those!! Have a great day Lidy!!! I love that you have such beautiful treasures from your grandparents…so very special.

    1. Thank you Shirley. You are right, antique napkin rings are the perfect souvenir to collect when traveling, and you travel a lot! xo

  3. Thanks so much, Rita. We both love so many of the same things. Wishing you a wonderful weekend,

  4. Dear Lidy, I really love this post. I have been so lucky to have received so many lovely items that were from my parents, grandparents and great grandparents, so seeing some new ways to display them is great. My favorite is the shadow box with the silver napkin rings. It’s unique as well as gorgeous. I love to have my keepsakes out and to share them with others. Thank you for the inspiration!
    xoxo Jo

  5. Lidy Baars

    Dear Jo, how fortunate you are to have inherited lovely pieces from your parents, grandparents and even great-grandparents! I love that you keep them “out” so that you can enjoy them every day. xoxo

  6. Oyster plates. Beautiful ones can be found in New Orleans much to my delight. They are expensive however buying one at a time, over time allows one to have a nice collection. I have an oil painting that needed a specific color to go with it. Of course I found exactly what I needed in New Orleans. I thought hubby would faint when I chose three. When I hung them over the painting he understood why I longed for them. Enjoyed this post Lidy. Great instruction.

    1. Alice, I love oyster plates too! I was so fortunate to buy an estate collection not too long ago. They’ll be making their appearance sooner or later on FrenchGardenHouse. For now, I’m enjoying all of them. Happy weekend to you, Alice!

  7. Sue Malizia

    Always love the different ways you display your lovely collections. I’m drawn to linens, anything toile, ribbons, and small individual silver (restaurant) tea pots. =)

  8. Thank you Sue, I’m drawn to your favorites {ok, and a few more!} Hope you have a happy weekend!

  9. Norma Rolader

    Oh my great information and your collections are wonderful

  10. Jean Van

    Hi, Lidy,
    Oh how I love all your lovely things above and I feel just like you and every word about buy what you like and love and you will always have those wonderful memories as time go’s on, I know I have bought so many nice things over the years and we do have the same great taste, love blue and I change things all the time, my problem is I hate to put something up when I bring something else out, your home is warm and inviting, thank you for always sharing and have a HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~JEAN~~~~~~~~~

  11. Ohhh Lidy! You are a master of curating & displaying beautiful treasures! Your collections are magnificent! How fortunate you are to have some family heirlooms as well! I’ve none of those, however, I’ve created a few collections of objects I love and I do so enjoy them as I display them! Beautiful collections add so much interest to a home, I can’t imagine my home without them! As always, this article is such a treat… I love to see your magnificent collections as much as I love to read your words of wisdom, beauty & grace! Well done my friend! ???

  12. Thank you so much, Kathleen. I love that you have curated your own “heirlooms” to display. No one says that the beautiful things in your home need to be handed down from family. You can begin a whole new “heirloom” collection for your family, and leave those to your children and love bugs!

  13. Lidy, your collections are beautiful. And you have created art in the way you have them displayed. Thank you for this lovely post, you have brought to my attention something I need to do better, as I too am a collector of too many things. Mainly teacups, teapots and blue and white transferware. But, I will tell you that you have certainly caught my attention with the dear vanity table jars and their silver lids.

    Have a beautiful day!

  14. Thank you so much, Sandra. I know you are enjoying your collections!

  15. I HAD to pin several of your lovely pictures! Such great styling ideas. My two favorite are the napkin rings in the display box and the seashell boxes.
    🙂 gwingal

  16. You are such a great collector, love those little porcelain boxes. So adorable. I imagine it’s hard to sell them in your shop
    when you find some treasures.

  17. These are such wonderful tips. Collections are so important in creating a beautiful home. They tell a story and offer such insight to the people who live there. Lidy, you always have such beautiful things, and I am swooning over the beautiful collection grouped on the blue and white platter. That is such a gorgeous statement!

    1. Thank you so much, Shannon. I agree, our collections bring our personalities to our homes.

  18. You have some wonderful collections Lidy. I loved looking at them….and the ways you displayed them were inspiring and thoughtful.

  19. Gloria

    I love my napkins, I always use them when I have a tea or special meal. I also love the silver top perfume bottles my mother-in-law gave me. I display as you have on my bedroom dresser along with miniatures I collected over the years.
    I have a small collection of teapots and cups and saucers that are in my glass front cabinet. they bring a smile to my face and a moment of wonder to think about who used them before and who made them. Your collections always stir those thoughts when I see them.

  20. You have a gorgeous collection of meaningful pieces. Everything is so pretty and beautifully displayed. Very pretty post to read.

    1. Thank you so much for your visit, Leanna! I love antiques, and collections {so much so that I opened my shop FrenchGardenHouse.com to sell them.}

  21. You have some beautiful collections, Gloria, that some of them remind you of special people is a huge bonus. Isn’t it wonderful to think about the women who used your cups and teapots before you? I love that so much about antiques, their stories of their past.

  22. Kay Connelly

    Lidy, I so enjoyed your blog on displaying and loving the antiques & collections we have displayed in our homes. I have been a collector for over 30 yrs. My collections range from the “Farmhouse to the Precious to me” categories.My childhood home was barren of collections. My family history is that of Farmers. Berry, Vegetable. & Floral crops. My mother’s health & our family’s finances & education didn’t allow us to experience the finer things of life. With that said, I am now a Collector! I Collection Ironstone to Silver items, boxes to old books. Collections, expensive or not provide a feast for the eye that makes “My Home” express a “Heartfelt Warmth” to all who enter. I say to all who enter “Welcome to Our Home” and may our hospitality reflect the warmth of our hearts. Thank you, Lidy for sharing some of the finer collectibles of life and making this reader feel welcome in your home.

    1. Kay, I am so happy to meet you! It sounds like we are kindred spirits in many ways. I love that your collections express your heartfelt warmth to everyone who visits your home. Thank you, Kay, for sharing a bit of your heart for your home and your guests with us. xo

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