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Mi Casa, Su Casa: Editing and Curating Your Art and Collectibles

Home with Janis Gipson

Art and collectibles enhance and enrich your home in so many ways. Inherited art can contain the spirit and essence of its beloved previous owner. Art can mirror your taste, and can reflect your soul.  Art can evoke fond memories of a vacation or a cultural experience in a faraway land. At it’s best, art pleases the eye and imparts a zen sense of well being into your personal space.

As we move through life experiences and broaden our exposure, we accumulate more and more objects of our desire. There are so many beautiful sculptures, paintings, fabrics, and objects d’art who can resist adding them to your collection?

Curating your collection is the act of selecting, organizing, and displaying your collection for the optimum visual and sensual impact. Too many disparate objects in a space confuse the eye and diminish the ability to appreciate an item individually. When displaying your collection, less is more.

One of the most helpful elements in curating your collection is a large closet or storage space that enables you to store some of your pieces while you display others. If you have a large collection consider storing half and displaying half.

When deciding how to group your collection, whether to display or store, creating vignettes in your home, it’s always good, to begin with, themes and connections.

Connections can be similar colors, subjects, cultural ties, artists, or themes.

Items with a large amount of detail can be grouped with simple, pared-down items to provide balance. I’m partial to two, no more than three items grouped together in a vignette. Contrasting height in your display adds interest. Display your art against a contrasting color so it pops.


  Theme-Asian Art Similar Material

  Vases-Color and Texture


When hanging wall art or paintings consider the size and prominence of your piece. Very large, interesting pieces can hold their own on a wall and make a great statement. Large pieces work best on a large wall. Too little space around a very large piece can look cramped and out of balance.

Juju Hat

When grouping paintings on a wall, consider symmetry for a pulled together and polished look. Balance is important for your grouping, choose a large piece as the central focus, and even though the art is hung around it in a non-traditional way, the large central price balances the grouping.

Art Wall

Break the rules with transparent, light-reflective objects. Because glass and crystal carry little visual weight, group these objects together with abandon. Have fun with heights, add mirrored surfaces, and enjoy the sparkles of light as it dances off these objects.

Coffee Table


The central focus of my home is art. I keep furnishings simple and neutral so as to not compete with my art. Taking a queue from galleries, I’ve chosen light-colored walls as well to elevate the prominence of my collection.

I think you will find editing and curating your collection will help you to achieve a zen-like balance in your home and allow you to find a greater appreciation of individual pieces.


– Janis Merrill-Gipson,

Janis is a self-proclaimed domestic diva, living in her hometown of Chicago, Illinois. Janis is a chef, who loves to cook, an interior decorator, an art collector, a jazz fan, and an avid reader. She believes there are many layers and components that comprise living an enriched life. And Janis is here to share tips.

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