When you are a compulsive magpie, unaware that your subconscious is always and constantly on high alert for prospective treasures that you never knew how much you needed until you suddenly heard their siren call, it is hard to imagine that any other type of personality exists.
But they do!
Or do they?
I believe that you can collect without clutter.
I also believe that a collection can begin and end with just one thing.
Or it can be many things.
But primarily I believe that, no matter what you collect, you must love it.
And it doesn't matter what anyone else thinks about your treasure.
It is your treasure, and if you love it, then all will be well, in your world.
It's amazing how often I visit homes where I literally have to ask the clients to show me their drawers, & show me the back of their cupboards.
Of course they have a fit - this will be when they confess that they cleaned up because I was coming, and the cupboards and drawers are totally out of bounds because they are not tidy. Never mind that they had some warped point of view that I live in a tidy house.
Shall I show you my drawers? Believe me, they are NOT a pretty sight!
But, and here is the point, often those cupboards and drawers reveal the real treasures.
And the reason they're hidden and out of view?
Fear - fear that they might not be trendy (how I dislike that word).
Fear that they might not measure up when friends come around.
Or fear that someone might think they have terrible taste.
So, I repeat - it doesn't matter what anyone else thinks about your treasures.
If you love them, then that is all that counts.
Bring them out. Style them beautifully.
These are the pieces that speak about you and your loves, your family, your adventures.
They give your home personality and elevate it from a carbon-copy catalogue home, to something that is unique and inspiring and feels warm and is somewhere you want to hang out, because it is all about you. And trendy has nothing to do with it!