We know there is a fine line between hoarding and collecting when it comes to beautiful objects. Whether it is snow globes, ceramic figurines or takeout menus (it’s a real thing!) we all have an affinity for acquiring and surrounding ourselves with things we love. And honestly, why shouldn’t we? We are collectors and the need to surround ourselves with beauty is a core aspect of who we are as humans. So that got us thinking here in the office, what do designers collect? The purveyors of good taste have access to countless treasures through their perpetual hunt for clients. But what are the things that they can’t get enough of and collect themselves? We asked three top interior designers to share candid shots of their own personal collections and what makes them special.
What Do You Collect?
As an avid entertainer, there’s nothing I love more than a gorgeous set of antique china. Whether hosting a formal dinner party or enjoying your morning cup of Scottish breakfast tea, antique tableware adds a sophisticated touch that won’t go unnoticed. I particularly love pieces that feature historical insignia or family crests.
A Southerner with a deep-rooted connection to Scotland, Scot Meacham Wood is renowned for his timeless design and magnetic personality. Since establishing his firm, Scot Meacham Wood Design in 2001, Scot has become an interior design icon, showcasing commercial and residential projects across the United States and developing a captivating online presence.
Lynn K. Leonidas
What Do You Collect?
I always forget to pack a hat for sunny vacations, so the straw hats have been purchased from different destinations and have become an accidental collection. They hold sentimental value but are not used often, so they are stored up high, above the secretary hutch that holds our bar. In addition, these delicately handmade African Malachite bowls have been purchased at auction over a few years, and they live stacked around the house. They’re sized perfectly to fit in the palm of the hand, but provide no basic utility other than being a pleasure to study.
Lynn’s signature mix of classic references with modern utility is paired with a collaborative design process tailored for clients across the Bay Area and Los Angeles. At her West Oakland studio, the designer layers her favorite patterns with vintage and modern furnishings to craft beautiful, personal spaces for families to come home to rest.
Pulp Design Studios
What Do You Collect?
[Carolina] Since I was a young girl, I have collected oddities and natural curiosities from travels to Mexico, Asia and all over the US. I have been collecting unique objects since I was a child. From insects to Asian calligraphy brushes to strange rocks, my collection has grown with a common thread. If it’s unique and looks like it belongs in a library or science lab…I need it. Every piece has a story or sentimental value to me, which is what collecting is all about.
[Beth]: For years, I have collected hand sculptures throughout my travels and display in my home holding matchboxes, showcasing jewelry, and to make ordinary objects heroes. The red cast iron heart my son gave me for a special occasion becomes an artfully displayed accessory and jewelry that would normally be tucked away in a box or drawer becomes a functional accessory. It’s functional style that has sentimental value- that’s what good design is all about!
Carolina V. Gentry RID, NCIDQ & Beth Dotolo, RID NCIDQ are the Co-Founders & Principal Interior Designers of Pulp Design Studios, a national interior design firm with a focus on High-End Residential & Small Commercial Interior Design. With locations in Seattle & Dallas, each space that Pulp Design Studios designs is dynamic, balanced, and infused with the personality of our individual client.
Like the above designers, our collections tell a story about who we are. The layers of things you gathered over the years express a timeless quality that reflects your unique story. So embrace your wanderlust and pick up that trinket on vacation because in the end it’s a story that will last a lifetime.
Shop our newest collection, the Collected Home, now available online and in stores.