Like Father Like Daughter – Dad’s Pipe Collection

Meerschaum pipe collection

The apple doesn't fall far from the tree. Not only did I inherit my dad's looks and his latin rhythm but it seems he also passed down the collecting bug. From duck decoys and art (he loved to hunt) to beer steins (he loved a good cocktail) to $2 bills (he gave stacks of them to my girls) to pipes galore, my dad loved a good collection. My … [Read more...]


The Art of Propping – Antique Window Mantel

Antique window mantel

  I'm a propper. Some may call it lazy but I prefer to think of propping as looking laid back and effortless (plus I don't have to put holes in my walls). Want a quick and easy focal point? Get your notebook and pencil ready because I'm about to share something extremely complicated ... 1) gather up a few of your favorite … [Read more...]


10 Minute Decorating – Displaying Collections Year Round


I love to collect. I'm an equal opportunity collector (I think it started with my mouse figurines when I was a kid).   One of my favorite, no fuss ways to decorate is to arrange a favorite collection together for big impact.   Here are some of my favorite ways to decorate with collections and how I display them differently … [Read more...]


Perfect Place for My Hoard … I Mean Collections!

I love this industrial metal cabinet - perfect for showing off collections

Can I get a hallelujah! My hoard, I mean collections, keep growing and I've running out of display and storage areas so when I found this amazing industrial metal cabinet at World Market, I may have shed tears of joy (don't worry, I was wearing waterproof mascara). It's huge and deep and have I mentioned amazing. My hubby and I put it … [Read more...]


Public Service Announcement – Collectors Beware!

Vintage Squirrel Nutcracker

This is a public service announcement.   When I was making my rounds through my local thrift shop, I spotted this furry little woodland creature made by the Godinger Silver Art Company and I went nuts! $3.50 later, his head was peeking from my purse and I was headed home with little Julio (naming nutcrackers is the first sign of … [Read more...]


I Scored at the Thrift Store – I Need a Vintage Glassware Intervention


  I need help. I can't pass by a cool set of vintage glassware without scooping it up (case in point - these vintage glasses). They combine my love of two of my favorite things ... shiny things and cocktails. You know a Jersey girl can't pass by anything gold either. What's a collecting crazy, bling loving, cocktail sipping … [Read more...]


It’s Hereditary – the Collecting Gene

kids collections

You all know I love a good collection.   From my globes, milk glass, and mid century decanters to my loving cups and silver platters ... well, let's just say I probably need an intervention.   But I think I've created little monsters ... collecting monsters that is. You see, they have my eyes, hair and sense of … [Read more...]


I Scored at the Thrift Store – Vintage Pyrex is Reunited!


Reunited and it feels so good ... Reunited and it's understood ... Remember my vintage Pyrex and my Pyrex centerpiece? Papa bowl, mama bowl and tween bowl were a happy family but always felt something was missing. So imagine my surprise when I spotted this lonely little baby bowl at an estate sale. I think I heard it call out … [Read more...]


Collectingitis – Colorful Vintage Glass Decanters


    Ciao Bella! These mid century decanters rival the great works of the Italian masters.   Ok, so maybe they aren't the Sistine Chapel but they are still amazing.     And with the light streaming through their textured glass, I can almost hear the angels singing.     I mean, who … [Read more...]


I Need a Collecting Intervention

Vintage Corkscrew Collection

Remember Chrissy Snow? How about Jack and Janet? Who could forget the Ropers? Three's Company when it comes to collecting - but why stop at 3? Scatter them throughout your house and you may run the risk of looking like you came straight from an episode of Hoarders. But display those thrift shop finds together and suddenly they look chic and … [Read more...]