Collections

Collections are an extension of memories in tangible form.

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 When something makes an impression on a collector a collection is born. 

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The architectural aspects of hotels and motels fascinates me.  From the Ritz-Carlton to Route 66, I marvel at the history, architecture, design, interiors of grand hotels.

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One of my favorite historical landmark hotels, Hotel Bentley, is a hometown legend.

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The Hotel Bentley is a stunning testament to opulent grand foyers, crystal chandeliers and marble staircases.  Notable guests in its 104 year old history include Major General George Patton, Lieutenant Colonel Omar Bradley, Colonel Dwight David Eisenhower, and Henry Kissinger.

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When the last owner decided to close the Hotel Bentley, I was able to acquire a few of the items to add to my collection of hotel silver and china. Making welcomed additions to my collection is an etched seltzer bottle, a lithograph from the hotel art collection, and a charger from the dining room china pattern.  I do love a good hotel china charger.

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Even with non-smoking laws and policies in place, matchbooks remain a highly collectible item.  Las Vegas hotels never die, they just implode. Fortunately, the classics remain alive and well via a well guarded matchbook collection.

Power outages, fire pits, birthday candles or barbecue grills need not apply- these vintage matchbooks are for admiring purposes only.

I view antique plates and bone dishes as small pieces of art full of history, provenance and color.

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Coming in as the number one thing I like to collect is frogs. The association with frogs goes all the way back to the mid 70’s.  Ions ago, don’t  ‘cha know.  When the majority of mothers around the neighborhood discovered a great summer babysitter activity for the neighborhood kids, the word spread like softened butter.

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Our local community theater was sponsoring a summer workshop culminating in a off, off, off Broadway production at workshops end.  The play was Fairy Frog Superstar, and yours truly won the part of the Fairy Frog.  A future theater star was not born, but my love of all things frog was.  It only takes one look at a frog for my thoughts to go back to the summer of frog.

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My collections are as much a part of my decor as they are my personality. Our homes should reflect our personalities, and collections touch upon that.

“I like for rooms to feel collected—not decorated.  I always say that perfect is not perfect.” — Mark D. Sikes

Do you have a collection?  I would love to hear what it is and why it is special to you.

 

 

2 thoughts on “Collections”

  1. Darleen, this was a great post! I collect crosses and fleur de lis symbols. They are the statement pieces in my home. Of course, for Christmas, it’s all about my Santa collection.

  2. I thought this post might speak to a few of my collector friends! Your fleur de lis collection is fantastic- can’t wait to see the Santa collection.

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