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juxtaposition. It’s not about the mathematics. • Your trips and treasures do not have to be displayed in chronological order. Mixing up the items, trips and years can be even more interesting. • Lighting is key. To truly enjoy what you have achieved it must be properly lit. Art lights come in a variety of sizes, styles and types. Explore the possibilities and don’t skimp! So, you have been traveling and you have bringing home things that caught your eye. I want you to love the things that surround you. I never think in terms of price when considering display. Meaning, the cost of any single item is of little consequence to the joy and memories it brings. Just because an item was expensive or even if you found it for free, doesn’t make either piece more or less valuable to your collections. • Displaying like items together strengthens their visual presentation. So, if you have some pottery from Mexico, France, Italy and Asia all found at different times and places along the way, they can make a strong statement displayed together. The shared material is what relates them. Their differing stories are what makes them interesting. • Gathering together pieces that might seem mismatched to each other is another way of adding visual interest by allowing each item to stand out by contrast. When dealing with a larger collection, I like to mix this approach with the one above. Every display in your room doesn’t have to be executed in the same manner.

• Think levels. Sometimes the most dramatic way to allow your pieces to stand out is to add multiple levels to the display. I use small tabletop platforms in a variety of styles, sizes and materials. But, you can just as easily use stacked books in the same way to add visual interest to your display. As we celebrate travel this month at The Standard magazine, I hope you will keep in mind that when you come home, I want you to relive every wonderful memory you bring back. Where you go or how far is not the point. Meaningful memories are created when we allow ourselves to see what is right in front of us. You can press a flower between the pages of a book, keep a menu card from a favorite restaurant or print a photo that thrills you every time you see it. These are the things worth saving…and displaying. They are your art. They don’t have to make sense to anyone else but, you. I say it often both here and to my clients, when you are decorating to please yourself, you really cannot get it wrong. This is all about what makes you happy, what moves you. A life well lived is not one that is precisely decorated or pricey, it is messy and wonderful. Love what you live with and live with what you love. Live Well! Dann www.foleystinnette.com designer dann on: Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / Pinterest / HOUZZ

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