Darlings, there are three words to live by to master the art of display… curate, curate, curate! When it comes to creating a magical and inviting home it’s the finishing touches, aka your display pieces, artwork and ornaments that add the extra wow-factor. Think of it as your golden opportunity to create a home that is uniquely personal to you, not forgetting the fact that it is the FUN part of the decorating process! Something that you can continue to change, curate and revamp over the years, we are going to explore our Top 3 Rules help you style your space…
RULE NO.1: BRING ART AND OBJECTS TOGETHER
The the most effective way to curate a display in the home that will draw the eye and raise eyebrows is to create a focal point or as we like to call it a ‘style spot’! A style spot is a curation of your favourite and most treasured pieces in one visually impactful display and when done correctly it is without-a-doubt the best way to create the home of your dreams.
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Not everything needs to be hidden away. In fact, we love open storage display units in the home as it creates the illusion of space, encourages more light into the room and is the perfect opportunity to show off your favourite pieces! Really easy to create, fill your shelves with your favourite vases, candles, quirky ornaments, faux greenery, artwork or if the shelves are in the kitchen your stacks of bowls and plates, your favourite mugs and chopping boards – whatever you love should be on display! Gently overlap items bringing some slightly forward but give everything enough space so that you can see each item. There is nothing worse than cramming too much onto one shelf – group items that go together and save other items that you love for different spaces around the home. Other useful tricks for your #shelfie display are to play with heights by choosing objects and ornaments that vary in dimensions and scale, adding texture and different materials and most importantly make sure you add a quirky or humorous ornament or art print that will never fail to make you smile!
CABINET OF CURIOSITIES
A cabinet of curiosity is another clever way to display your most treasured pieces. Co-founder, Jane Rockett, has curated her own Cabinet of Curiosities in her living room and filled her vintage cabinet with unique flea market discoveries, time-worn shells plucked from beach trips, treasured photographs and mementoes from her travels. Cabinet of Curiosities are traditionally thought of as encyclopedic collections of extraordinary objects or ‘wonder rooms’ which are designed to tell stories, so with that at the forefront of your mind take the time to go through your pieces and pick out the items that have sentimental value to you.
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Beauty is in the detail. When curating a display feature in the home it bodes well not to forget about the little things! Quirky cupboard knobs, door handles, animal ornaments, even down to frills on your pillowcases, which all add drama and interest to your home.
THE GALLERY WALL
Rockett St George: Extraordinary Interiors (Ryland Peters & Small, £19.99) Photography by Debi Treloar. The home of Shelley Carline.
Gallery or picture walls are a feast for the eyes! With so many ways to create an art display on your walls, you could hang prints on one feature wall, on a corner wall for an interesting perspective, around doorframes for an out-of-the-ordinary look, on your shelf display or you could even lean your artwork against the walls which is an especially useful trick if you are a renter and cannot hammer nails into the wall! We recommend then laying your chosen art prints out on the floor so that you can visualise your picture wall adding in mirrors, quirky wall hangings, faux animal heads, fairy lights and other accessories to embellish and accessorise your gallery wall display! Don’t forget to frame your prints in beautiful or vintage frames to complete the look!
Rockett St George: Extraordinary Interiors (Ryland Peters & Small, £19.99) Photography by Debi Treloar. The home of Alexandra & Nicolas Valla | Make It Your Own Table Lamp £145.00
There’s nothing we love more than interiors that surprise us! Displaying your artwork, furnishing or ornaments in unexpected places has the most magical effect of them all, so be as creative as you possibly can when it comes to curating your display. One such unexpected place to display your favourite pieces would be in your light shades! We first came across the idea when Jane and Lucy were writing their book, Extraordinary Interiors. As part of the book, Jane and Lucy visited the home of interior designers Nicolas and Alexandra Valla (read their #10MinsWith interview here) who had placed their children’s wooden toys in their ceiling pendant lights. Wonderfully unexpected, Jane and Lucy loved them so much that they sourced the lights for RSG!
RULE NO.2. CURATE COLLECTIONS
A selection of accumulated artwork, quirky ornaments, vintage pieces, books… you can curate a collection of just about anything that you love!
Rockett St George: Extraordinary Interiors (Ryland Peters & Small, £19.99) Photography by Debi Treloar. The home of Tina Boulton.
Featured in the Rockett St George book, Extraordinary Interiors, the fabulously theatrical Tina B (who also works at Rockett St George – click to watch our film about Tina here or read our #10MinsWith interview here) considers herself to be a ‘collector’ and a quick look around her home absolutely confirms this. With shelves full of British Vogue that Tina has collected since 1983 (including a large number of vintage and 1970s Vogues!), pin badges picked up from boutiques and fairs, an entire wall of Mona Lisas (the original painting was picked up at Portobello Market when Tina was a student) and a glass cabinet filled with Vintage Biba jars – Tina is quite the established collector!
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We love collections that have been slowly curated over the years and so often these collections have a beautiful sentimental value to them that is priceless and timeless. However, if you are just getting started on your curated collections journey don’t let this scare you off. When you take a moment to reflect on all your homewares you’d be surprised to see how many collections of beautiful things you already have. For example, your kitchen breadboards. We all have a selection of breadboards and you can so easily curate a collection with this kitchen essential. We love it when we see homes with breadboard displays on kitchen counters or hanging from shelves. A great idea if you are short on space or if you are a renter and you’re not keen on your kitchen tiling, it’s a great way to create impact in the home.
Rockett St George: Extraordinary Interiors (Ryland Peters & Small, £19.99) Photography by Debi Treloar. The homes of Tina Boulton and Cowboy Kate.
Another easy way to curate a collection in the home is your bookshelf! We all have stacks of books that we’ve read and enjoyed over the years so when you’ve not got your head in your books, why not re-purpose them as a display feature?! Colour code your bookshelf for a visually impactful display or alternatively hide the spines of your books and turn them the other way on your bookshelf so that you can only see the pages – it’s a real head-turner! Then style it up with quirky bookends and beautiful display pieces and viola… a beautifully curated collection!
VINTAGE (OR VINTAGE-STYLE) COLLECTIONS
Vintage Mirror Collection Image From French Bedroom Company | Vintage Coral Collection Image from Home Adore
A mix of eras in your home decor should not be underrated. Vintage glassware, mirrors, coral or otherwise adds depth and interest to your home and so if you’ve got em… flaunt em! One of the best ways to source vintage pieces is to go treasure hunting at local car boot sales, flea markets, boutique fairs and on eBay! But if you haven’t got the time to trail markets for vintage pieces then consider opting for vintage style pieces which can be easily sourced and unless you or your house guests are an antique dealer no one will know the difference!
BREAK THE RULES BABY!
Ultimately the art of display is all down to being fearless with your choice. Yes, we all like to share images of our home on Instagram but at the end of the day, the only opinion that matters is YOURS. So own it, baby! If someone doesn’t like the way you style your home… so what?! They don’t have to live in your home… you do! Rules are there to be broken. So leave no surface unturned and don’t be afraid to be daring and bold… show off in style darlings!