When you walk into the foyer of Connecticut Country House, one of the first things you’ll notice is my beloved eighteenth-century corner cabinet. Within it (and now also around it) is an ever-changing, mini natural history exhibit of treasured finds. What started as a love and appreciation for the form and beauty of natural objects, and the purchase of just one antique conch shell, the collection has, let’s just say, evolved over the years.
This artful mix not only grabs the attention of all who enter, but always makes them smile. It’s full of bits and pieces, some of them odd, some of them not. The curation of this cupboard’s contents has become a family matter. Both Murph and Conor love to add to the eclectic variety, and it’s become a favorite corner catch-all for items found on family adventures: more shells, mushrooms, bugs, abandoned birds nests, and Conor’s most recent pièce de résistance, a thankfully vacated little wasp nest complete with its branch and a single leaf still intact. Very cool.
What makes it all work together? Very simply, a common thread or theme that keeps the look cohesive.
Home represents you and your family. I believe that what makes a house a home is decorating with, and surrounding yourself with things that you and your family love. Most importantly, the memory of what person, place, or time that object in your collection represents, or the feelings that it evokes, is what I believe to be the core of a great collection.