Elizabeth Fields - Oct. 2013

Designer Display

Photo of Elizabeth Fields - Oct. 2013 accessory display at Judy Frankel Antiques

Displaying Multiple Collections Together

In her accessories display, designer Elizabeth Fields utilizes several accessory collections spanning a wide range of eras and styles. The colorful Italian glass bottles, antique mercury glass, Roger Capron ceramics, mid century German pottery, and Czech Art Deco glass are unified using a strong design and color scheme.

The space and display are organized around a bold scheme of black, white and metal. The graphic black and white rug anchors the space and that scheme is extended with the large prints chosen to hang above the cabinet. The chrome frames on the mid century black leather tufted chairs and nesting tables bring a touch of shine and brightness. Because the furniture, rug and artwork are unified using black, white and metal, the accessory collections provide the color, shape and textures that bring this display to life.

Collections happen over time and large collections can be tricky to integrate and display within your home. Editing a larger collection into smaller groups that can be combined and displayed with other pieces is one way to enjoy a collection throughout the home. Although Elizabeth’s selection of accessories combines disparate elements and styles, the accessories are connected to one another and the larger pieces, through color, tone and texture. The Roger Capron ceramic pieces echo the bold graphic theme of the rug and prints. The impact of the colorful stripes and flowers of the Capron pottery is enhanced by the red and blue mid century pottery and colorful Italian bottles, while the mercury glass ties in with a chrome-like shine.

To display and combine your larger accessory collections, edit into smaller groups by selecting unifying elements. Look for the pieces that best represent your collection and combine with other pieces that have a similar texture, tone or color.