White on White

I love the idea of embellishing your living space with personal collections. It's what separates a hotel room from a home, whether your collection is of vintage postcards of Venice collected at flea markets or the Tema e variazione plates by Fornasetti, which each sell for around $200 (or more, if they're vintage). Even both.

I would normally say that moderation is key here and not to go overboard, but then an exception like Sir John Soane's wonderful house comes to mind. I suppose it all depends upon balance. If you have many collections, perhaps rotate them every few weeks/months, or display them in a way that is unobtrusive, not overwhelming, for the appreciative viewer. Or, if you possess Soane's brilliant eye and unfailing attention to aesthetics, then go all out there and cover your whole house. Whatever you end up doing, your collection should express you. Every piece should be valued by you, not there just to fill a gap.

I've been thinking about this a lot lately. I know it's often been done, but I really like the idea of all-white objects. I don't have a lot of space in my apartment, but I do have three sizable windows and thus a lot of windowsill. I've been thinking about collecting an assortment of white ceramic objects - figurines, vases, etc., and putting them all in a row on a sill. I should add that my whole apartment is painted white; it's a rental and I can't change it, but it does magnify the space. They would express continuity in terms of color, but regarding form each would be unique. Remember - just because it's white doesn't mean an object has to be boring. Here are some of my favorites:

Friendly Two-Headed Dog (I always wanted to keep Cerberus for a pet...), by Melabo

FÄRM Vases, at IKEA

Large Horse Sculpture, by Jonathan Adler

Ceramic Bird Sculpture, at the Curiosity Shoppe

White Notes 3D Flower Vases at Blue Bell Bazaar

Ted Muehling's Tree Branch with Moss, at moss

Nymphenburg Porcelain Skull, at Unica Home.

Astier de Villatte Aphrodite pitcher, at Moss

Mr. and Mrs. Jones juicer set at Sprout Home

Aalto vase, at Finnstyle


Blogger Joanna Goddard said...

i love the ceramic bird! so sweet. thanks for the post. what a lovely summery theme....

July 15, 2007 at 7:04 PM  
Blogger ma vie en rose said...

thanks joanna! I really hope I can pull together some of these pieces (and others) over time...I have the IKEA vases to start with.

I really like the idea of displaying a huge collection of them in a midcentury display cabinet. I've got a long way to go, though.

July 16, 2007 at 6:56 PM  
Blogger michelle said...

I love that adler horse, I wish he had some pieces that were less expensive.

July 17, 2007 at 10:03 AM  
Blogger ma vie en rose said...

I totally agree, Michelle...wouldn't it be great if he had a lower-priced line? If he can work with Bed Bath and Beyond, maybe it's possible...

July 18, 2007 at 10:50 AM  
Anonymous Chris said...

I really love the Aalto Vase, in fact so much I'm thinking of getting one to add to my collection (yes not the ones on my main blog, but the ones I have in my own house ;-)

I don't normally collect plain white, my favourites at the moment are the Franz Dragonfly vases.

July 26, 2007 at 1:34 PM  
Blogger ma vie en rose said...

yes - I agree Chris, the aalto vase is wonderful. that gorgeously organic shape just never grows old.

July 28, 2007 at 2:59 PM  

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