Travel may be on hold right now. But, with a few creative ideas, travel treasures collected on past vacations can infuse your home with memories. While we all stay home these next few weeks, it’s the perfect time to rethink how to display items we purchased on trips.
It’s easy to mix souvenirs into your decor!
Looking for inspiration? Here are a few tips how to decorate your home with travel souvenirs!
Frame Foreign Currency
Often we return from a trip with one or two extra paper bills from the visited country. These can be colorful, small art pieces to be framed. Gather bucks from numerous destinations. Layout those which compliment each other. If both sides of a bill are interesting, stager them, displaying each surface.
Frame a few or a lot. The amount is up to you.
Exhibit Fragrances From Around the World
Not all perfumes formulated in other countries are exported to the United States. Foreign, family-run perfumeries make limited batches only sold locally. Just as food and traditions vary by region, so do fragrances. The Middle East leans towards aromatic blends with oud. South Pacific islands distill florals for a light scent. Olfactory souvenirs are equally as evocative as visual. Fragrance takes us back to strolling an Italian piazza or sun bathing on Bermuda’s beaches. The bottles are beautiful, easy to pack, and a unique way how to decorate your home with travel souvenirs.
Display an assortment of perfumes on a clear, glass tray in your bathroom.
Decorate Glass Front Cupboards
Many kitchen’s have glass front cupboards. Here, a display of food or dining travel mementos look great. My cabinets host a bright orange can of paprika from Hungary; a napkin holder from Quito, Ecuador; matcha tea from Tokyo; and French porcelain féves from galette des rois bread, to name a few. These don’t need to be expensive items. Just something to put a smile on your face when spied on the shelves.
Any cupboard in your home can hold travel trinkets.
A collection of souvenirs dispersed among family photos and house plants is a fun way to fill a nook. Coordinate color and textures. Use only a handful of pieces so it doesn’t look cluttered.
Another fun nook design is to compile a stack of books amassed from your travels. Coffee table tomes, local author novels, a museum anthology, an atlas. Start with the largest book at the bottom, and finish with the smallest for good symmetry.
Hotel toiletries are plentiful and free! Most have the property logo, making them a cool travel souvenir. Line a shadow box with a map depicting the country of origin — Europe for mini’s from France, Spain, or anywhere in the EU. Asia for hotels in the orient. The USA for soaps and shampoos collected on a transcontinental journey. Adhere the toiletries onto the map, and hang on your bathroom wall.