Decorating with Travel Trinkets

Full disclosure (again): just the word “trinket” makes me cringe. And, yet we find ourselves tempted to buy souvenirs or street art all the time. Luckily, my inner voice often stops us. That said, we have found ourselves in possession of said trinkets because they do remind us of a fabulous beach vacation or a memorable experience. Here is how we have decorated with them…

We have tried to be somewhat discreet. I almost feel like it is more fun for guests in our home to “find” these trinkets than to walk into a room and have them front and center. (I promise, we won’t make you play too many games if you ever come to visit.;)  We have our Indian elephants that we picked up at the Dillihut on our desk in the corner of our living room. I also have a tea cup that my grandmother purchased for me from the Bahamas in our butler’s pantry passthrough. Again, in full view, but not front and center.

We also have decided to leave some things for our own enjoyment. While we love telling people where the elephants and tea cup came from, it is also special to us that we keep some of our “treasures” to our more private rooms. We just moved my husband’s home office into the children’s previous playroom on our second level. It houses, well, another wooden elephant (I think we may be slightly obsessed) and a chess board my husband got from India that he and our daughter have enjoyed playing with lately. We have a framed sketch of India Gate from Dillihut in one corner, too. While we gladly show off his office, it is also a space that is mainly for our family and our special “trinkets.” Oh, and there is a password to enter, too… of course.

Some “souvenirs” are readily identifiable, clearly the elephants are from India and the tea cup with the huge hibiscus flower is from the Bahamas… but did you know that the anchor hooks and sea creature decorations in the kids’ bathroom are from New Orleans? Yep, I went all the way to NOLA just to choose some bathroom decor. In all actuality, it was a bit of a fluke. At the time I had a 4-year old and 1-year old at home, so shopping by myself was, well,… AMAZING!!! I had been looking for something for this small space and found it on a trip. Bonus? Every time I’m giving the kids a bath, I think of our New Orleans trip.

I’m embarrassed to even admit how many photos we have saved on our computer… for our computer’s enjoyment maybe? But we have managed to pull a couple off and find time to have them printed. We have our Lake Michigan photos scattered throughout the house as well as some favorites from our jaunts to Chicago.

How do you incorporate your travel “trinkets” or “souvenirs” or photos into your home?

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Christmas House Tour 2016

 

Well, as the picture above may indicate, this is not really, truly a travel post, and, yes, I will stretch it to make some connections, but in all honesty, this is a house tour. And my first one at that, so there are two things to forgive right there. While I’m apparently confessing, come on in, let me show you around, and share some decorating admissions, one for each day of Christmas.­­

Admission #1: I love wooden signs! And just discovered a new small store in town that sells these made by local sisters. Aren’t they great?

Admission #2: I am a plant killer. However, since discovering the beautiful benefits of jasmine, these mason jars aren’t even moving for the Christmas decorations.

Admission #3: I’m not crafty. But one year, I tried. I bought travel-stamped burlap and cut a runner and placemats.  I also spray painted the bases of the topiaries. And then settled down for a long winter’s nap.

Admission #4: Dasher lost his head on the first day we put up the stockings courtesy of the 3 -year old’s inability to “just look” at his stocking, and I think it’s just an Oh Well. Dancer and Donner have been on their best behavior ever since.

Admission #5: I love white feathered trees but love the family tradition of cutting down our tree even more. So, this beauty on the mantle will have to suffice.

Admission #6: I’m not good with small decorations. I get nervous our house is going to look kitschy. But for reasons I can’t explain, I love these elephants from India and think they go perfectly with the other decorations on the desk.

Admission #7: I’m a new fan of ornaments from places we’ve traveled. When I put them up, I’m reminded of our travels, far and near.

Admission #8: I love a nice smelling house but am cautious with candles. Herein comes this lovely, wintry mix.

Admission #9: I’m crazy for wooden signs (did I already mention that?). I really had to cut myself off this year, but not before I purchased this sweet nativity. Bonus: no risk of losing Baby Jesus to the aforementioned 3-year old.

Admission #10: My love of signs also carries over to metals.

Admission #11: But back to the wooden signs. I love this JOY sign. It will probably stay up past Christmas just to keep the joy going. I also love and have read the interior design books under the sign. Isn’t it great when purchases can pull double duty?

Admission #12: The jingle-bell wreath will end up being used as toy more often than a decoration.  Oh, and I kept my Lake Charlevoix pillow out this year to help me think happy thoughts to get through our 5-month Michigan winters.

Happy Holidays!

 

The List

Wooden Signs (Christmas Trees and Nativity)

Gather sign

Watercolor Burst art

Habitat, Modern Mix, Styled

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