Some of the best souvenirs are arguably the kitschiest. But when you get home, kitschy can start to look tacky very quickly… Click through for 7 cool ways to display them. Words: Emma Markezic
Group together small keepsakes. Stones, sea glass, photographs and jewellery: all things you collect on island holidays. Of course, they so easily get lost in pockets and at the bottom of suitcases. Displaying them together is a sweet way to keep a constant reminder of glorious times past.
Pepper with plants. If you’ve got figurines and ornaments up the wazoo but can’t figure out where they fit into your home, try grouping them together on shelves with oodles of house plants. This makes the size and colour scheme of objects less important as the foliage brings it all together. Image:
Upholster with tea towels. Whether you collect T-shirts, tea towels or souvenir scarves, this is a superlative way to give them a second life. Not only do they help add colour and character to a neutral room, they come with their own inbuilt story. If these stools could talk… Image:
Use magnetic strips to showcase metal objects. It could be magnets, models or knick knacks shaped like towers, bridges and buses. Magnetic strips help make the gaudy adorable, especially when mounted in unexpected locations such as above a bed or behind a loo. Image:
Customise travel boxes. Using maps to wrap old shoe or storage boxes makes for an eye-catching way to store ticket stubs, photos and trinkets from travels past. Store on a bookshelf to be seen instead of hiding away in cupboards to be forgotten. Image:
Colour code your papers. Whether it’s playbills or boarding passes, maps or pamphlets, colour-coding your travel papers is a great way to keep the holiday vibes going long after the plane has landed. Ideal for home offices and kids bedrooms. Image:
Make a feature of your travel journals. Have you heard? Journaling is making a comeback. They’re like the Spice Girls of record keeping. But as glorious as they are to keep, they do tend to gather dust once you get home. The answer?
Turn them into art. Not only will it be unique to you, it’s just about the best conversation starter we can think of. They’ll still gather dust of course, but at least this way you can enjoy them. Image: