I’m an anthropologist. I have collected a bunch of ridiculous souvenirs that, at the time, seemed like a good idea to lug back home. Some of my challenges:
- A two foot long painted gourd
- A Masaai belt: it’s about 2.5 feet long and pretty fragile, as you can see on the left some beads are falling off.
- Potentially-dangerous weapons: A Masaai spear (when it’s put together, it’s five feet long with a spear on one end and a blade on the other), Hazda arrow, a Japanese sword (my husband made them at one point, and has three worth displaying now).
- A Malaysian oar, and a mess of miscellany: batik fabric, a hand carved cribbage board, wine bottles and corks, and a crap ton of pictures, paintings, and drawings.
I look forward to your ideas! -Betsy
AWESOME. First, take a look at the Snape-inspired office we wrote about on Monday. Logospilgrim made an ART out of displaying artifact-y pieces.
So it sounds like you have a few large things and a lot of smaller stuff. The large stuff could probably be displayed on its own in a suitable spot. I have a whale vertebrae in our guest room, just a’sitting on a vanity. Kinda like this:
That gourd? I think you should give it a shining spot: its own shelf, a well-lit corner on a buffet table, or the like.
I think rustic decor goes really well with items like these — and it doesn’t have to look like a country craft farm house.
Using other less-machined-looking goods alongside natural elements and reclaimed wood can just as easily make a sophisticated-looking space. And that ladder shelf is brilliant! Here’s another example of one:
For the smaller things, group like items together. If they’re two dimensional, stuff a frame FULL:
If in doubt, declare THIS IS A COLLECTION with eccentricity. A protective dome:
Or an ornate piece of furniture:
Those are my ideas. I can’t wait to hear what you guys have — I’m sure Betsy and I aren’t the only ones with large, unusual items in our homes. Leave your thoughts in the comments!