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Inspiring Collections

by Grace Bonney

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I haven’t been able to put down my copy of Collected: Living with the Things You Love since it arrived a few weeks ago. While I tend to be a fan of anything former Martha staffers do, this book is especially inspiring for me. I’ve been trying to learn to live with less for a while now, but I always have a soft spot for people who know how to collect and display their favorite things creatively at home. So for our last hashtag challenge of the year, we decided to ask people to share their favorite collections with us. From beautiful vintage Swarovski crystals and buttons to vintage baking tins and stamps, the creative community has an incredible eye for displaying collections. So this week I sorted through the nearly 3,000 entries and chose my 25 favorite photos to inspire your next great collection. I love that even the simplest thing (like mushrooms!) can become artwork when framed in a box top. Here’s to collections that celebrate the everyday! xo, grace

 

Inspiring Photos from the #DSCollections Hashtag Challenge at Design*Sponge
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Clockwise from top left: Antique candleholders by blueeyedyonder, paper ranunculus by APetalUnfolds, shells by omjsk, gloves at J.Crew by jessicajanelynch.
Inspiring Photos from the #DSCollections Hashtag Challenge at Design*Sponge
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A rainbow of pencils. Photo taken by RClayton.
Inspiring Photos from the #DSCollections Hashtag Challenge at Design*Sponge
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Clockwise from top left: Glasses by mstarrevdesign, tiny birds by mouseblossom, fall foliage by JustinaBlakeney, paintbrushes by meandering_mari.
Inspiring Photos from the #DSCollections Hashtag Challenge at Design*Sponge
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A rainbow collection of Sharpie markers. Photo taken by Tonyavista.
Inspiring Photos from the #DSCollections Hashtag Challenge at Design*Sponge
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Clockwise from top left: Bottles by francesloom, fall leaves by omjsk, chair display by paisleyandjade, vintage baking tins by blueeyedyonder.
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Clockwise from top left: Vintage trays by refindjoy, stamps by dalenavintage, vintage silverware by cookrepublic, old letters by kindredvintage.
Inspiring Photos from the #DSCollections Hashtag Challenge at Design*Sponge
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Clockwise from top left: Framed mushrooms by CoriKindred, crystals by whatljmade , colorful yarn by sarah_inpursuit, vintage Swarovski crystals by maryumi.
Inspiring Photos from the #DSCollections Hashtag Challenge at Design*Sponge
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Clockwise from top left: Shaving brushes by jackiegreaney, displayed baskets by imanisasa, matchbook covers by gpez.

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