Collections are cool.  It seems like no matter what it is, if you have more than 4 or 5 of something, and you place them all together, it’s visually pleasing. My grandmother was an avid antique collector, but when I was a kid, there was nothing that I hated more than being dragged along with my mom and grandmother to musty old antique shops.

When I was 25 and living in New York, there’s nothing that I loved more than going to outdoor flea markets on weekends.  I would look for the finest, or oddest, or most colorful portrait plate that I could find. I guess that’s when I technically became a collector, it all started with portrait plates.

Then it was teacups, then decorative buttons.

I really love little containers that hold colorful specimens, like spices, seeds and pigments.

I’m not a hoarder, really.  If there’s something that you love to look at, and you have several of them – line them up together and see how lovely repetition can be.

Here are a couple more…