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Ideas for Decorating with Travel Souvenirs
August 16, 2018
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Been shopping for some soulful souvenirs on your world journeys? Want to put them right where you’ll see them every day and be warmed by the memories they carry? Here are some beautiful ideas for decorating with travel souvenirs to create a stylish home.

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Ideas for decorating with travel souvenirs

  • Textiles of all shapes and sizes can make great decorative throws. Think outside the box. Hemmed items will save you time sewing, for example, I drape a batik sarong from Indonesia on my favourite reading chair to add colour, and a tablecloth dresses up my neutral bed linen.
  • Fabrics can also be folded over a rod, or sewn with a small pocket to thread a length of dowel and create a wall hanging. You can display traditional dress pieces this way also.
  • Hang baskets, masks, plates, hand fans, hats and jewellery on the wall as art.
  • Mantlepieces, side tables and open shelves are great for displaying travel souvenirs, as long as you don’t mind dusting.
  • A curio cabinet is one way to display trinkets and other small collectibles while minimising time spent dusting. My aunt had a tabletop-size, brass and glass curio cabinet when I was a child. I was fascinated by the treasures inside! Glass is great for three-dimensional items that you want to enjoy from all angles.
  • A shadow box coffee table is also great for small spaces and keeping the dust off your souvenirs. There are some great vintage options available on platforms like Etsy, just make sure the shelf space is the right size for your items.
Batik Tablecloth
A batik tablecloth from Indonesia I use as a decorative throw on our bed
Batik wall hanging
Batik fabric wall hanging. Image via Apartment Therapy and photographed by Carolyn Purnell
Tapestry or wall hanging
Tapestry via Urban Outfitters
Create a canopy like this one by Nomadic Decorator
Create a canopy like this one by Nomadic Decorator
TICKETS TO RIDE by Troy Litten
Travel ephemera art by Troy Litten, image via Design Sponge
Mask wall via Innovative Outsource
Mask wall via Innovative Outsource
Upcycled shadow box coffee table
An upcycled coffee table via Mr Kate
Vintage curio cabinet
Curio cabinet for sale by Wise Apple Vintage on Etsy
Pottery Barn display coffee table
Pottery Barn display coffee table
Basket wall by HGTV Magazine
Basket wall by HGTV Magazine
Travel souvenir gallery wall
Basket, masks, jewellery, photos and textiles in one. Photo by Photo - Gemma Cagnacci via The Design Files
Mantlepiece souvenir display including Matisse print from MoMa, calavera from Mexico and beads for Mardi Gras

Need souvenir ideas? See our Soulful Souvenir Guide with a downloadable list of 133 souvenir ideas from around the world. You creative creatures may also like these inspired travel craft ideas, map crafts and ideas for using those leftover foreign coins.

Peace, love & inspiring travel,

Madam ZoZo

Stylish ideas for decorating with travel souvenirs

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Madam ZoZo

Hi! I'm Madam ZoZo, aka Zoë, an Australian designer, creative consultant, blogger and digital nomad. I'm passionate about travel, design, dance and new experiences that fuel my creativity. I strive to travel in a style that is gentle on the earth and that contributes to the communities I visits, even if it is merely to take away a greater understanding of a different culture. Duende by Madam ZoZo, is where I share the stories of my travels and the duende (soul/inspiration) I find along the way.

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