Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Childhood Collections as Art

Dear readers, do you have some kitchsy childhood collections in a box in your attic, garage or basement? Do you wish you had a cohesive, artsy way to display your collection without cluttering up your place? Here are a couple of ideas for turning that collection into an art installation that I simply had to share. Both were entrants in the 2009 Apartment Therapy Color Contest.

Amy's Deep Sea Living Room. Amy has very skillfully displayed her Pez collection. I love how she has grouped it by color and how straight she managed to hang her treasures. That must have taken a lot of patience! I need Amy to come to my place and hang my Starbucks tin collection. Great job Amy!

Matt's Color of Passion Bedroom. Matt has cleverly used army men, police, Indians, cowboys and firemen to create a tactile mural which he has entitled "War and Peace." I am not sure if he painted all the figures white or if they were already white. I love how the seeming chaos emerges into a unified whole. Beautiful use of color as well. Great job Matt! Matt's website is here.

11/07/09 Update - I received an email from Matt. He did, indeed, paint all of the tiny toy men. Great respect, Matt. Love it!

And here is an idea if you have any of those pesky paint by numbers laying around. I've seen collections of them used in decor lately (shudder).

Buff Monster has elevated this dreadful painting to a surreal delight. I may look for some at the Goodwill and take a stab at this.


Greener Pastures--A City Girl Goes Country said...

Love the red and the turquoise. Speaking of color, let me get the expert's opinion. If we get the house that we're trying to buy in Jersey, there's a pink bathtub in Kelly's bathroom. I also have a couple of interesting orange accessories. AND she likes turquoise. Can I use the orange? She is also talking about some pattern, that hot brocade I think it's called that's out. Can I do that in black?

Peggy said...

Hi Debi, you absolutely can do pink, orange and turquoise. And the pop of black will bring sophistication. I'll see if I have some inspiration.

Greener Pastures--A City Girl Goes Country said...

Yeah, we want a little sophistication. It's time to get away from the kiddie stuff in the room.


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