Happy Monday! Over the weekend, I finally mounted decorative plates I bought at the British Museum in 2010. I adore how they look on the wall next to my dining table.
If you love to travel, and are anything like me, 99% of your photos never make it to print. I wanted to share some suggestions that can help you bring global home, preserve memories and serve as conversation pieces without all of the visual clutter from tourist plates and shot glasses. Here are a few ideas:
1. Buy groups or collections of items that speak to you. I couldn’t take my eyes off of these plates and didn’t want to bring home just one that wouldn’t serve any purpose or be a part of a collection, so I bought 6. Keep in mind that if you start a collection, you should keep your colors uniform or complementary.
|Four of the mounted plates with a design adapted from the dome of the private mosque of Shah Abbas I, the Shaykh Lutfallah in Isfahan. The other two are being used as chargers on my island.|
- Plates/chargers – they don’t even have to include a location on the front – if they do, then a collection with the same color story will keep it from looking cluttered
- Tin or copper cups that can be used as vases
- Art and coffee table books from flea markets that pay homage to a local artist
2. Bring back a tapestry. Nothing makes a statement more than a beautiful pattern designed by local artisans. These make excellent wall hangings and throws. Bonus: it won’t add a lot of extra weight to your luggage.
3. Start a photo collection of a single subject from travels to different cities. I thought of this idea while ooh-ing and ahh-ing over the architecture and history in New Orleans during my honeymoon. My subject: doors. Before you know it, you’ll have an incredible photo installation fit for a gallery. How cool!
|The beginning of my Doors collection from New Orleans.|
- Fashion Magazine Covers
- Street Signs
…..the list goes on!
Now that you’re thinking like a designer, please do share what you come up with! I’d love to hear more ideas.
Safe travels! xoxo