Organized Heirlooms & Collectibles

November 3, 2014

The Top Organizing Bloggers are at it again.  Last month we shared our organized kitchens.  This month, we are taking you on a tour of our organized family/living rooms.  Make sure to visit all of the bloggers at the end of this post.

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Today, Im sharing ways you can organize your heirlooms & collectibles in your family room or living room.  My house is decorated in “farmhouse style”.  With this style, you will see a lot of vintage pieces throughout my home.  I love things that tell a story.  Organizing them was important to me. I want them to remain safe from little fingers and basketballs.

Above my couch, is a vintage garden gate. It was the perfect place to hang my magnolia wreath.  I kept the walls white, as I do with all walls in my house.  It makes the rooms brighter & allows me to change out decor without the wall color clashing with new decor.   One thing I have found that gives a living room more style is by using throw pillows. I LOVE them!
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One of the most cherished pieces I have in my home is this vintage pie cabinet, containing all of my Jadeite.  I’ve been collecting Jadeite for about 15 years.  I’ve found my collection at antique stores, ebay, etsy, garage sales and thrift stores.  Whatever it is that you collect, display it proudly in a cabinet or on a shelf.  I suggest placing the same type of collectibles or decor near each other.  Things display more beautiful as a collection, as opposed to all spread out, throughout your home.  And it creates a more organized space.  If your collectibles are breakable, I recommend organizing them into cabinets with doors.


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Another tip is to use something that wouldn’t typically go in the space.  Below is my china cabinet (from Pottery Barn). Its’ main purpose it to hold dishes, in the dining room or kitchen. I love it best in my living room.  It displays my white dish collection beautifully.  You could also use a china cabinet for quilts, books, and other collectibles. There are endless possibilities to organizing your collectibles & heirlooms.


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Whatever your style is, you can display your heirlooms & collectibles beautifully & safely.  Use your imagination & decorate  your home to represent who you are.


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Visit the “Top Organizing Bloggers” below to see how they organized their family rooms:




27 comments on “Organized Heirlooms & Collectibles

  1. Debbie says:

    Would love to see the sites from the other Bloggers suggest on this post but several are coming up “sorry page does not exist”of they are difficult (only found one post) to find on the sites.
    Can you fix this please.

    • John says:

      The links are working for me. You can go directly to their blogs and see their post if they are not working for you. Thanks!

  2. Leslie says:

    I just love your home and I love your collections and I love that they’re organized! Your vintage pretties are so lovely and charming 🙂 Like you!

  3. I just love your farmhouse style Toni! And how you’ve incorporated vintage collections is perfect! xo

  4. I love this! I have my eye on a china hutch right now. I also love your throw pillow that has Folly Beach on it–any memory of where you picked that up? We have great memories from there!

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  5. Anna says:

    Gorgeous Toni! You have such a beautiful home.


  6. Elena says:

    Would you be able to tell me where you got the “It’s a Wonderful World” sign? The song has special meaning to us, and I’d love to purchase one!

  7. Leanne says:

    I love all your beautiful pieces and how you display them in your home. I love your beautiful style too.

  8. Jennifer says:


    I just discovered your blog through Pinterest…I really love the style of your decor! I was curious where you purchased the black coffee table? So pretty. Thanks.

  9. Everything is beautiful!! I absolutely love all the details!

  10. Ezilda says:

    Just wanted to say you are a huge inspiration! As still being fairly young and thus still starting to find my home decor style you have made a huge impact on me. I’ve always struggled to explain to my hubby what I like but nowadays I just show him a pic on your blog and say “there, that’s what I like!” Love your look Toni!I love that everything is vintage without looking like an old lady’s home. And there is enough modern to keep it looking fresh and up-to-date.

  11. Michele says:

    Great tips! I have a few collections that I wasn’t quite sure how to display, but you’ve inspired me! Thanks!
    Also, I absolutely love your sofa and chairs! They’re crisp, yet inviting and look so comfy too! Where did you get them and do you remember the style name?
    Thanks again!

  12. Jennie says:

    I really like the idea of using unfamiliar things in other places. You actually manage to make wire caddies look, not only good in your living room, but cool.

    Also, I like the use of vintage furniture. If furniture has a story behind it, it makes it much easier to conger up small talk when guests come over.

  13. Joe says:

    I liked the caddies but what do you keep in them? Are they only for decoration? If not, what do you typically keep in them to keep the room looking so clean and fashionable?

    • Rachel says:

      Are you meaning the market baskets on top of the hutch? They typically stay empty and are there for decoration and simply because Toni likes them.

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