Monday, September 12, 2022

Decorating Tabletops With Objets d'art Collections.......Maximalism Style!

With the return to elegant old world maximalist interiors, learning to display your treasured collections, or as the French say, objets d'art, is a must. Objets d'art literally means "art object" (or work of art) in French. In English it is used to describe works of art that are not paintings, large or medium-sized sculptures, prints, or drawings. Usually these treasures are small, three-dimensional, quality bits and pieces.

While there are many ways to display a collection of heirlooms, this blog post will be featuring the tabletop display reminiscent of English interiors. The English perfected the look during the Victorian era when collecting hit its peak, and unique collections were seen as a symbol of status and wealth.

In recent design trends, we see a move away from sterile minimalism and carbon copy design that can be purchased by anyone on the showroom floor. The trend now is the embrace of unique personalization. Preserving and displaying antique treasures and family heirlooms is one way to ensure your home isn’t like everyone else's. The days of cookie cutter homes is over!! 

Have fun collecting and enjoying your objets d'art. I hope you take away an idea or two from the images I have gathered to help you style tabletops in old world maximalism style.
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Maximalism is making a comeback in interiors everywhere and displaying curated collections of objets d'art are not a problem as long as you do it the right way. Just remember Curated.......NOT Cluttered!

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Recently the design world is seeing a move away from uninspiring minimalism.  The new trend is all about imagination and the art of layering. The new mantra is definitely More IS More.

Robert Zellinger de Balkany in Paris 

Maximalist décor is all about embracing and displaying excess. Purchasing antiques and other objets d'art to pack in boxes and store or relegate to curio cabinets because you are afraid of damage is first of all, no fun whatsoever, and secondly, just not the trend of the day.     

 A side table in Brigid Berlin's home is filled with tortoise shell snuff boxes and other favorite items. Display your collections and stop worrying about dust!  It's really not that hard to keep things tidy. Someone told me recently that dusting their objects d'art just made them remember why they fell in love with the piece in the first place. To which I replied, " well said! Brigid Berlin

Decorating on old table or desk with your beautiful treasures is the perfect way to display and ENJOY them!!!

A maximalist vignette from the late Mario Buatta's Manhattan Apartment

photo by Féau & Cie Boiserie

There’s nothing quite like the thrill of the antiques and collectibles hunt as you look for an interesting piece to add to your tabletop collection. Highly recommended!

Bunny Williams, designer

The line between a decorative collection and unattractive clutter can be a bit tricky especially when it comes to arranging small items. Curation is key.  Curation is the act of organizing and maintaining a collection through careful selection and coordination of objects for presentation. 

You should showcase items you love by layering them using different heights and depth of field. This image s a great example of these two principles. A maximalism style collection can definitely go south on you  unless you display according to the principles of three-dimensional design.

John Rosselli

Add layers of interest to your tabletop objects d'art display by putting some pieces on boxes, plinths, or other items that will provide different levels and give you more options.

Enrich your home with a collection of rarified pieces as in a room in Susan Gutfreund’s apartment designed by Henri Samuel.

Be sure to check your arrangement from all angles. Three-dimensional designs should look equally good from the front, sides and back.

Here, a unique and colorful lamp is a sculptural focal point next to treasured collectibles on this maximalist tabletop.

John Rosselli

Maximalist English tabletops full of treasured collectibles were many times displayed on tablecloths. This look is gaining in popularity again today.

Waddesdon Manor. (Chris Lacey (c) National Trust Waddesdon Manor)

A collection of eye-catching objects d'art belonging to Coco Chanel. Enjoy treasure hunting for that extraordinary piece to display on your tabletop vignette.

Designer, Jacques Garcia

Some items lend themselves to small tabletops

Howard Slatkin via “Fifth Avenue Style” (Vendome Press)

Enhance your primary display by adding in some smaller items. These smaller items really provide the charm. In this maximalist tabletop display by Howard Slatkin the colors are from the same color palette which helps bring cohesiveness to the variety of items.

This display reveals how a lamp adds vertical interest to a collection of treasures spread out on a tabletop. 

In order to display your collection of well chosen treasures for maximum visual interest, make sure to vary their size and shape.

A table top bronze objects d'art collection in designer Jacques Garcia's luxurious 17th-century Norman estate, Champ de Bataille.

Howard Slatkin

A desk acts as the next best thing to a tabletop for the display of an objects d'art collection.

Tabletop collectibles scene from Timothy Corrigan's home in Los Angeles. Try adding  books to your display.

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Of course pictures can also be worked into tabletop displays.

The tabletop objets d'art display is perfect for anyone who wants to finish their space with a highly-curated feel.

Collect items that are a similar size or color as seen here featuring antique tortoise shell treasures. Then make an impact by gathering them in one spot such as a tabletop.

A lovely collection of tortoise shell objets d'art by designer Charles Faudree. photographs by Jenifer Jordan

To keep objects orderly and pleasing to the eye, use trays to group similar items. Displayed here is a small enamel trinket boxes collection from Halcyon Days, a British company supplying luxury home goods.

Harmonize objects of different shapes and sizes with an asymmetrical arrangement. Balance a tall, large object with several smaller ones.

Nancy Lancaster, designer

Maximalist design schemes work better when a balance exists between visually light and heavy pieces. Don't forget the use of flowers and plants!

David Hicks, designer

A tabletop of your favorite treasures adds an instant personalized touch of style to your living space. 

Nancy Lancaster's famous butter yellow library in England. This room is the epitome of the English country manor's tabletop collections display.

Another view of the tabletop display.

Tabletop collections of objets d'art  play an important role in the opulence of the maximalist Parisian apartment of Counts Hubert et Isabelle d'Ornano.

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Close-up of one the the tables in the image above.

You can't go wrong today whether you choose to display a mixture of your favorite treasures ......

or make an impact with multiples of a single item. Here it is globes!

Here an ivory colored whippet collection is lovingly displayed en mass by John Rosselli.

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This stunning malachite collection is proof perfect of how a maximalist tabletop display can elevate your space. 

Interior designer Timothy Corrigan's Château du Grand-Lucé

The best part about collecting art and antiques is that you get to live with them. Your objets d'art collection can be displayed in grand style or you can enjoy even the small spaces!! Just remember you shouldn't accumulate stuff just for the sake of accumulation. That is what ends up looking like clutter. Be selective and enjoy the hunt for the perfect piece.

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Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Decorating With Botanical Prints

Botanical prints are no longer the wallflowers of interior design. Floral prints, big and small, have been a trend on the runways and as we know, that always trickles down to home interiors as well. Floral and plant prints are a fun and feminine trend that always cycles back into favor and this year their popularity is skyrocketing. I personally am glad to see florals blooming again after a long hiatus because of over saturation in the 1980's. This post features the botanical print and how it can give a room instant charm and personality.

 In the 1700's and 1800's, known as the Golden Age of Botanical Art, there was a growing interest in nature so the botanical illustration was an important tool to record the plants being collected by explorers from all over the world. These beautiful water colored illustrations detailed plant growth from the seed to the flower and included the Latin name for each specimen.

When you look through decorating magazines or on line decorating blogs you will see that it looks as if there has been a return to Science 101. Botanica is everywhere and in almost every decor style. Framed botanical prints will add a timeless touch to even he most contemporary interior.

Add a burst of nature to your own interiors with a few well placed botanical prints.

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Gardening became very popular in the late 1700's so illustrations were needed for magazines and catalogs. The illustrations usually documented all parts of the specimen........seed, roots, stalk, leaves, flower and fruit.

This room has a lovely combination of framed botanical styles. The small leaf specimens appear more like the classic botanical print while the florals on black background take on a more current look.

A grouping of framed botanical prints, especially historic reproductions, are perfect for the Traditional interior.

Always popular Flora Danica dinner service features a botanical theme. Organic greens, fresh limes and soft pastels make up a popular palette of colors as well as soft tones of watercolor blues, pinks and yellow.

The floral lampshade and  drapery fabric ties in wonderfully with the framed botanical prints. While  floor to ceiling florals are back in style, many homeowners just want a touch of feminine charm.

This type of decoration is an easy way to connect with nature and refresh your home interior

Another great way to incorporate the botanical trend into your interior is by purchasing a piece painted in leaf motif or attempting it as a DIY project.

Or try other fun ways to display some botanical prints.

There are so many lovely fabrics with botanical print themes on the market today. This Robert Allen Fabric bursts with energy, color, and wild abundance, showcasing lavish digitally printed botanical florals, inky block prints, classic damasks, and more. This thriving garden of styles captures the whimsical and diverse beauty found in the natural world while paying homage to current urban trends.

Isn't this a wonderful chest? It is either painted or probably decoupaged with botanical prints.

When hanging your prints, group them to create a high-impact gallery wall. These shades of olive, gold and ivory recreate the look of antique botanical prints.

Whether you prefer to frame them in a gallery or display them in another unique and artful way, they are sure to add some unique personality to your style.

Original image from Ethan Allen catalogue.

Botanical print walls makes it easy to keep the furniture and light fixtures the same and go for the small details. Plus you will have a beautiful new look without breaking the bank. 

Botanical prints work beautifully alongside striking patterns for bedding, cushions and accessories.

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Botanical prints have a watercolor softness about them that makes them the perfect choice for the bedroom.

This grouping of framed botanical prints helps to bring a vintage quality to this room.

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Hang a large print on your wall or you can also try to find a vintage botanical book and use the pages with drawings to create a group of smaller prints.

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Fabric manufacturers are taking the historic botanical prints and injecting them with 21st century flair.

If you want to saturate a room with botanicals there are collections of matching wallpaper and fabrics that will help you do just that.

Botanical prints make stunning gallery walls. They work beautifully in neutral rooms as well as those with "pops" of color.

Another lovely alternative is to create gallery walls with botanical prints in monochromatic tones. If you don't care for florals, these plant specimens are the perfect choice.

Just remember you can display your botanical prints in unconventional ways. Be creative!

Yellow Verde Botanical Wallpaper By Kathy Ireland Home

You will see an increasing number of products on the market that incorporate prints and patterns that are inspired by nature. It is easy to refresh your décor with one of the many botanical print wallpapers, upholstering fabrics, home décor items, and even flooring.

This wall has been papered with pages from botanical print books for a shabby, vintage look.

Botanical prints are a great way to introduce a blend of print, pattern, and texture into the home.

Not to mention color. Botanical prints can make your interiors feel like gardens.

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I think it is lovely the way that an antique botanical print reflects the simple beauty and fragility of the flower it portrays

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I love the botanical drawings that have black backgrounds. The colors pop in such a dramatic way.

If you are looking for a large botanical print, especially on a black background, you will see that they are hard to find. This one and several other styles can be purchased from The reproductions can be framed...............

.........or you can hang them like this one. To get a more antique feel simply rough up the edges like this homeowner has done.

Create your very own secret garden by embracing the botanical prints trend that looks to be a popular design element for this year.

Designer, Nicolas Fairford

It just makes sense that a décor theme featuring nature would be such popular trend at present.

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