... when people come to see 'em (theme from the Addams Family.) Here's a question for those of you who are trying to recreate a Golden Era home. I like to collect weird / creepy little things, like horrifying medicines, which I keep out on display in the bathroom. Over the years I've stopped in a lot of flea markets & have picked up lots of interesting 1930s and 1940s kitchen, household, medical, and decorative doodads. I love looking at them. but there's such a thing as "too much of a good thing." I don't want my house to look like a museum of Peculiar Golden Era Things. That is to say, I don't want it to look ironic. Instead, I want it to look like a nice, comfortable, 1930s bungalow. I want visitors (and of course me too) to feel as though we have stepped back in time when we come into the house. I do like it when people see my weird stuff and laugh, but I think the effect is damaged by a superfluity of strangeness. I'm not naturally ironic -- i.e., I'm not one of those people who is amused by "oh look how weird and dumb they were then" jokes. My most interesting "displays" are actually inside cupboards, shelves, drawers, and closets. When I have guests who appreciate this sort of thing I let them peek in the medicine cabinet, for example. I tend to rotate my little displays & try as much as possible to keep them looking natural, but I always regret the fact that I can't really enjoy all my peculiar little oddities all the time. I'm torn between museum & home. My question is -- do you folks have this issue? What are you views?