I first met Bunny Williams at the Design Bloggers Conference last spring, and was instant fan girl status. So when Southern Living invited me to chat with Bunny in conjunction with the launch of the 2015 Southern Living Idea House, I was totally game. While I could have spent an entire day talking to Bunny, we did a quick deep dive focusing on her love of collecting. Being a beginner collector myself, I was interested in hearing her thoughts on what makes a great collection (odd numbers), when collecting turns into hoarding and a little about her own recent collections that you’ll find sprinkled throughout the idea house. Read a snippet below and the full interview HERE on my blog, Waiting On Martha. TRULY, MKR
MKR: Are there any collections, personal or not, represented in the Southern Living Idea House?
BW: My favorite collection in the Idea House is a grouping of personal photos in the Master Bedroom hallway. They’re of me and my brother, my Dad on horseback, and an image of friends and family on a hunt. These photos are meaningful to me. And, I printed them large and framed them all in similar frames so they look attractive together. A bedroom hall is a wonderful place to frame and group family photographs. Other things that I love to collect that are represented in the house include silhouette portraits and lusterware.
MKR: How many pieces make up a collection, or when do you know you have the making of a collection?
BW: For a collection, it’s always best to have an odd number. I’d suggest at least 5.
MKR: What tips can you provide for starting a collection, especially when someone loves so many things and is having trouble narrowing it down?
BW: Collect what makes you happy. Let your collections be an extension of other hobbies you enjoy like gardening, animals, reading or travel.
Watch Bunny William’s offer her ideas on collecting below.