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One of the unspoken qualities of a design editor is the ability to collect. My husband and I are in the process of moving homes and I’ve come to the realization that I am an excellent collector! So much stuff: years of birthday cards, concert tickets, bags of buttons and even a collection of stones carted all the way back from my travels in South America. 

What to do with all this stuff… I know, a lot of it should be purged, but I’d like to hold onto a couple of those special items that have important memories attached. And while I’m at it, why not pull them out of their respective boxes and put them on the wall in a shadow box to instantly personalize our new home?

Shadow box frames are very easy to come by and available in an assortment of sizes, shapes and finishes — I’ve seen them at Ikea, West Elm, and Pottery Barn. And even better, you don’t need to worry about a custom cut mat — just line the back with a cardstock weight paper.

In my search for ideas, I’ve come across many cool and updated versions of the traditional shadow box. I can’t wait to get started!

Photo Blog February 16 Shadow Box Swim Suit

Here is a selection from Pottery Barn. Some cute ideas, except I don’t think my bathing suit is going to make the cut!

Photo Blog February 16 Shadow Box White

I love this one by textile artist Hillary Webb — so simple and elegant.

Photo Blog February 16 Shadow Box M

Pencil crayons — what a fun way to add a hit of colour to your space!

Photo Blog February 16 Shadow Box Natural Leaves

Bring the outdoors in with these natural curiosities.

For more on displaying and hanging art, check out our Art Advice Guide.

Photo credits:
1. Pottery Barn
2. Hillary Webb
3. Pottery Barn
4. Automatism blog

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