I know that a lot of people leave their new purchases in the boxes and store them, but I am a mad deboxer and have to get out almost every new doll and play with it. I also constantly bring home used items which I sometimes refurbish and sometimes use as is. Most of this goes on the mantle for at least a few days or a week.
The display I have right now is a lot more coordinated, and much simpler, than some I've had. Sometimes it is a hodge podge of unrelated items.
The display shown here happened because I bought (another!) couch from Van's Doll Treasures. Then I got some pillows from Amber of Bashette Iron Works. I took the back cushions off the couch and put in those Amber had made, for a different look. (Love Vanessa's couches because they are so versatile!) I had also just found the two new tables- the brass one on the right and the curved one on the left- at a thrift shop. The vase was a garage sale find from last week. The outfit on the doll is new (used) clothing as well. The china cabinet on the left is a Bespaq piece from a while back that I ordered and then stuck in my bedroom where I promptly buried the box in a pile of books. When I was cleaning a few days ago, I found it and brought it out so we could admire it. The doll, the clock and the rug, I already had.
Those on the mantle are all spontaneous. The girls and I just put together groupings or mini dios out of whatever is new, sometimes adding in an older piece, as I did the clock above, to finish the look. Sometimes the things I drag home are pretty wild and those make really fun dioramas, though occasionally they have to be taken down when company comes over. The one with the statue of a semi-naked Greek guy wrestling someone, disturbed everyone for some reason; though I thought it was a great, really classic piece of sculpture (and I have every intention of using it in a diorama, somehow!)
Anyway, I gave up on the plans I had for the mantle and am really enjoying the constantly changing displays that keep happening. You may be seeing more pictures of these, since I have decided that many of the groupings we've made should have been recorded, whether for beauty or weirdness, and shared with other doll lovers. The one I photographed here was rather classy and very simple, but who knows what it will look like by the end of the week. It is, after all, garage sale season!