Spring Home Collection 2012 Art of Homemaking Style

our springtime mantle...with artwork I painted a few years back.

I almost shutter when I hear the word "collector". My mind flashes to scenes from Hoarders or memories of sitting at auction houses with my parents as a child, watching large collections of people's belongings being sold for chump change.
a collection below a collection. Can't seem to part with some of our favorite CD's just yet.
Boys rock collection below Mike's Wilco collection. I don't know if John Lackey did this one or not but he's
done many amazing Wilco posters over the years. Check out his site.  

But as much as I think I buck the system, I must admit, I am a collector. Spring has arrived here in Kentucky and some of my favorite collections have made their annual appearance. White stoneware, artwork, mason jars, and garden pots are on a seasonal rotation at the Smith Homestead.
these pots are awaiting their herbs...now to see if that will indeed happen before fall...

And as each season passes, the plaid painted kitchen floors gain more scuffs, scratches and wear...which is exactly the point, right? Each scuff is a made memory in my book.
Otto and his dog...the chasing ensues....
What do you collect?
And how do you decorate for spring?


  1. Such a beautiful post Megan!! I am a "collector" of many, many things too and have meant to share all those things on my blog for so long now. You did it perfectly and have completely inspired me! Maybe it will happen soon. :)

  2. I'd LOVE to see your collections, Maureen. I absolutely adore your style~ Hugs to you today!

  3. Sadly, I'm a collector of clothes! And shoes. And jewelry! Yikes!

    I love, love, love your painted floors! And you're a talented artist as well (:

  4. Lovely collections. :) I collect books mostly. And classic movies and favorite shows on DVD.

    I also *accidentally* started a vintage brooch collection recently. :)


  5. Danielle...That isn't sad at all. I dream of collecting clothes and shoes! And once we live somewhere other than a 50's bunaglow with no closets, that just may happen ;)

  6. Kristen..you and my husband. He loves to collect books! Where do you find vintage brooch's? (or is it brooches? ;)

  7. My mom used to have a marvelous decorator who said: "If you have 3 of it, it's a collection!" By that definition, I guess there's not enough room here to list. But mostly I have: books, especially cookbooks; chalk cats (long ago stopped buying because they became too expensive); McCoy vases (ditto); dishes, pitchers, etc. with violets on them (got so many that I had to stop); World War II food and work posters; and vintage tablecloths and dish towels (started with '40s, and when those almost ran out and/or became too expensive, had to move into more modern decades). So fun!

  8. I adore your beautiful paintings. I too collect without meaning too. I am absolutely attracted to beautiful things and can never say stop at just one.

  9. Your paintings are beautiful and look great behind the white things on the board.

  10. The only things I consciously collect are Fire King mugs with happy faces and seaglass. But I do seem to have a lot of books, shoes, and fabric just because I want to.

    As for decorating for spring, the theme right now is crap upon stuff upon dog hair.

  11. Michelle...I think I need to come to your house and see all of these goodies first hand! Sounds so amazing~

    Thank you Ashley and Micha!