Warning, long story ahead!
I’m not super good at interior decoration, but I have some items that I’d like to display in my home. I want to display these meaningful items in a way that doesn’t look like a thrift shop display. My partner is a minimalist and doesn’t do sentimental, but he’s fine with whatever display I come up with. We have a pretty eclectical interior with mostly inherited old dark furniture and rugs and curtains and posters in bright colours and graphic prints, and I am looking for a way to display that feels contemporary rather than oldfashioned (if possible).
I have two empty shelves, each is around 85x30 cm so quite wide but not very deep.
On the first shelf there’s currently this display:
Teapots that belonged to both of my grandmothers and behind that assorted religious items inherited from several relatives and some candleholders handmade by my carpenter grandfather. The metal teapot is the most significant item to me, it belonged to my recently deceased grandmother who practically raised me. I honestly don’t really love the other one, but I somehow ended up with it and it’s one of the few items I have that belonged to my other grandmother, who died a long time ago and I didn’t know well, but feel connected to. I thought it would be nice to combine them but if anyone has a better idea I’d love to hear it.
These I just unpacked - 8 complete sets from 3 generations of my family and some extra saucers. I couldn’t leave the saucers but I don’t really know what to do with them. I have no space for the sets in the kitchen so they need to go on this shelf. The saucers could just move to the kitchen but they are fun so maybe someone has a better idea.
I would like to not do any permanent damage to the cups and teapots because everything still gets used, but I’m open to anything else!