I have always liked to collect little boxes like the pretty painted Limoge boxes. I have a few of those and then an assortment of pretty ones I have purchased or been given over the years.
I have found that small items like this can look busy. I did have them all around my house in groupings of threes usually but I wanted to go simpler but still be able to enjoy them. So I decided to put them all together.
To make them stand out and look more unified I placed them on this silver tray. Having them contained on the tray makes them seem less busy I think. Plus it was a nice way to bring out this pretty tray.
I especially love this little yellow one. I got this in Paris on a trip with my Mom, cousin Claudia and cousin Eloise. I love the butterfly closure.
I placed the tray on this piece in the living room. I once heard that you should always have 3 levels on a table top. Something high (the lamp), something flat (the tray and boxes) and something in between (the picture frames). I also try and do things that are asymmetrical if I can. The chairs are symmetrical but using an odd number of things on the table top helps break it up some. Following this rule usually makes for a pleasant arrangement!
This piece is quite high - so my boxes and tray will be out of the way for a certain some one's little hands! So far I like it - but ask me again when silver polishing day comes around...