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Collection or Clutter?

I’ve been thinking lately about that line between clutter and collection, and just where the distinction is drawn. I am definitely a lover of pretty things, but I struggle sometimes to display items in a way that is artful rather than messy – or at least artfully messy.  I decided to take a close look at images of vignettes I love – arrangements of items that are simultaneously beautiful, interesting and restful – to see what I can learn from them.

Well I’m definitely not a minimalist!  Looking carefully, I see that most of these displays have a cohesion of color.  Many of them contain some kind of greenery, and all of them have variation in height and texture.  Anything else you notice?  Any tips for displaying favorite items?