LEARN TO LAYER
Give displays multiple dimensions – try placing knick-knacks and postcards in front of frames. ‘I tend to throw things together,’ says Anton. ‘I use my instincts! Putting stuff together is actually about emotions. If you deliberate too much about how something will look, it’s never going to touch you.’
DEVOTE A SPACE TO DISPLAYS
Dedicate a cabinet to your collections for maximum impact. ‘I tried decluttering once,’ says Anton. ‘But as I started to put things away, I’d find something else to go with it, and before I knew it, I had more things than before! I like shopping in markets and side streets – there’s always something interesting to find there.’
STYLE YOUR SURFACES
Every surface deserves styling – even coffee tables. ‘My mother tends to collect things, too. When I visit my parents, I notice there’s no surface untouched; then, when I come home, I realise that I do exactly the same thing! I’m always layering things on top of each other, playing with the way things fit together.’
DON'T FORGET THE TINY DETAILS
Even things that weren’t bought to be shown off can be creatively displayed. ‘It’s the small things, little details, that make the difference. At home, I always want something nice to look at, wherever I turn.’ Try storing colourful fabrics, towels or clothing in a glass-fronted cabinet – and top it off with an ornament or two!
FOLLOW A THEME...
‘Different things can pull a display together. Sometimes it’s colour, sometimes it’s shape. Or it could be a theme, like kitsch.’ Or bird statues! ‘Usually, I start with one or two pieces, and add whatever complements them, mixing in different shapes and sizes.’
...AND HAVE FUN WITH IT!
Set up humorous scenes with your statues – they’ll provide endless talking points when friends come round, and a little entertainment for you! ‘I don’t want to get bored, so I’m constantly updating the collections, keeping them moving.’
‘I’m a magpie – always going around, finding stuff
and bringing it back to my nest!’
Anton, IKEA interior designer, Seoul
Photography: Lina Ikse
Styling: Ashlyn Gibson