Friday, October 26, 2007

unpacking and showcasing

Wednesday we managed to unpack the truck and edit some of Richard's collections. We both have the collecting gene and since we don't have a huge house some of our little buddies are going to have to sit in storage. One of the best things about this process is finding ways to have both of our many collections showcased in a cohesive way. Richard has been collecting toys for years and he had about 16 boxes of them. We edited down to 3. He will be taking 4 boxes of dudes to his studio and the rest will have to be happy in storage...at least for a little while.We are probably going to use jars and glass domes to showcase a lot of the toys. This is one of those projects that will have to wait a while. We were able to showcase his collection of tiny food in a vintage mayonaise jar.



We also figured out a great way to use his two antique benches. I will repost when we have more of that area together but here is what we have so far.



Yesterday we unloaded the rest of Richard's boxes at his new studio, returned the u-haul and drove out to the east bay for my usual salvage yard run. I managed to find a piece of glass for the office table top. I am hoping to get the office table top together this weekend. We also hit Ikea for a few storage containers and shelving for my sand collection. By the time we got home we only had enough energy to hang 7 paintings. I leave you with a painting that he painted and gave to me for my birthday last year. I love it! I think it looks really perfect in its new home.



6 comments:

lottie said...

Exciting stuff - I was intrigued to see the new additions to your place. I'm so impressed with your hall wallpapering as well - ingenious!

zee said...

Oh wow that painting is GORGEOUS. Lucky, lucky you!

flip this said...

i totally am.

Anna at D16 said...

Oooohhhh...this hits close to home. My husband is currently in the process of editing his collections (toys and comics) and we're trying to figure out what to do with the keepers. It's hard to make comic boxes look good! I love the glass jars idea. (If only the toys weren't in boxes, argh.)

flip this said...

we stacked richard's comics inside a cabinet with glass doors. comic boxes? that is a whole other story. is it possible to put them inside of something else? we put a bunch of our records in an vintage trunk. maybe you could do something like that? no matter what it is not an easy task. maybe you could buy a comic credenza and call it a day. ;-)

Anna at D16 said...

Oh, see...Evan has a LOT of comic books (he's been collecting since he was 8, and buys more every week!), and he's very particular about their storage (must be on an acid-free board in a mylar bag, in a box vertically with a high lid, can't be stacked, etc.), so...yeah. I think it's easier for him to sell a bunch of them off than it is for him to think of them getting damaged in any way!