I've been toying with the idea of this series now for many, many months. I come from a long line of collectors on both sides of my family. I'm not talking thimbles, stuffed toys, coins or matchbox cars but more along the lines of fine bone china, vintage linens, brooches and oriental antiques. The kind of things that should be family heirlooms. My latest treasure: A 1950s hand-embroidered silk blouse from eBay. The detail is incredible - and I can't wait to wear it when Spring gets here. As I've been living in London for a while now, it's not surprising that as a lover of beautiful old objects, my own collections have grown. It's lucky that my boyfriend too is a collector and doesn't mind me buying things just because they're beautiful, old and interesting. In this little series, I'll share some of my own treasures and treasure-hunting tips. I'd like to profile some interesting collections belonging to others too. We're not talking hoarding here but more along the lines of William Morris' famous quote: "Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful."
You can see loads of inspiring collections on my Pinterest board: