5 Ways to Achieve a Collected Look – with Style!


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What do you get when you cross an ornate, antique gold mirror with a red Asian console, a mid century lamp, a modern silver bowl and the world’s biggest finial?


A one of a kind look that you can be sure your neighbor doesn’t have!

Tips for Achieving a Collected Look

1) Scale – a few large pieces are better than dozens of smaller ones (but if you have a collection – corral it together so it reads as one great piece)


2) Odd Numbers – I’ve got 3 things displayed on my console because odd numbers are more visually pleasing


3) Color – the dominant color of the red console anchors all the different mixed metals going on around it


4) Texture – the shiny silver bowl contrasts nicely with the rough wooden finial and the chippy gilded mirror frame ties in with the gold on the lampshade


5) Buy What You Love – there’s nothing wrong with waiting for the perfect piece and you’ll be happy you waited once you finally find it



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My latest thrifting find is this amazing antique gilded, four feet of fabulousness, mirror.

It was love at first sight – was it because I was staring into my own reflection?  No, I’m not that vain!

Can you believe, after I talked down the price, I reluctantly left it behind because I didn’t have a place for it.


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But I couldn’t quit that mirror …

and I walked around the house hoping against all hope that I would find the perfect place for my new found love.

Lo and behold, it’s now happily residing in my entrance vestibule (when I realized that the mirror that was already in there would be perfect over my bed where nothing hung – the shame).


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Does it “match”?  Not technically.

But that’s what makes it interesting.



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So walk through your house and look at what you have in a whole new light.  Try pieces that you wouldn’t normally pair and you may be pleasantly surprised.


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  1. Great tips, Kelly. Love the new mirror and how you’ve pulled the whole look together. I don’t know where in the world that I’ve been, but I also love the bowl full of vintage door knobs! So much better than all the orbs that I keeping thinking are the only way to go. Thank you for the inspiration!

  2. I love your shiny silver bowl filled with the vintage door knobs. What great contrast that just feels fun and perfect with the wonderful old finial.

  3. Kelly, I love it! You did a fantastic job in there. I have such a hard time putting pieces together without making it look junky! It’s always a work in progress! I just sold a mirror almost just like that to a friend #hangingmyheadinregrets

  4. I’d add to avoid anything too ‘precious’ or ‘cute’. Is the Chinese chest a thrift find? Pretty awesome, as is the mirror. BTW, did the seller let you purchase it for the originally agreed upon price? 🙂

  5. I can’t believe you walked away from that mirror! It looks like it belongs there. I think I need to go shopping with you so I can scoop up your castoffs. 🙂

    And that bowl of doorknobs? Brill!

  6. Would I have walked right passed that mirror? Yep. Does it look great? Yep.Who would have guessed? Love the vintage doorknobs too!

  7. True story… I have old door knobs in a basket above the guest bath toilet. Every time a certain guest comes over he says “I know I’ve asked you before, but what’s the significance of the old door knobs?”. Maybe I should put a note in the basket just for him, saying “The significance of collected doorknobs is to achieve a collected look”.


  8. Wonderful tips for combining items so they look pretty together, Kelly! I love your new mirror, too, and like you, I bought not too long ago a really pretty, large mirror, but unlike you, I still haven’t figured out where to put it 🙂

  9. The mix is great, and the neat thing is it’s very personal and yours. Great job…love the chest, too. Great tips for achieving the look.
    Visiting from Wow Us Wednesday,

  10. I like that you say you can wait for that perfect piece you’ve got to have! That’s what makes a collection, not going out and purchasing everything in bulk at one time. That takes the fun out of all the memories that accompanied your search in the first place.

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