We all have those random items in our home that have sentimental value to us, and even though they may not fit in with our stye they won't be leaving anytime soon. Depending on how you go about placing them in your home they could stand out oddly, or they could have an opportunity to shine and become a special way for their stories to live on.
I was never one to have sentimental items around, but over the last few months I have begun incorporating my mom's things in my home. We had a very different sense of style though, so when I started bringing things in I really thought about how I could meld our two worlds together and have them play off of each other in a new and exciting way. I love how some of her favorite things are now able to make sense in my world and stand out enough on their own for people to ask what the story is behind them.
Incorporated in a tasteful way I think keepsakes can create an interesting and unexpected addition to your decor. Here are a few tips that have helped me along my journey into the world of memorabilia.
Less is More: Having a few big memories scattered around in the perfect setting creates a stronger impact than bombarding your space with clutter.
Color Coordinate: I found that even if a piece has a very different style and you can't seem to make it fit, color could be a strong way to tie it into the space.
Mix and Match: Create an area where you have a number of eclectic pieces so that they can all work together seamlessly.
Create a Collage: Frame little bits of papers, tickets, dried flowers etc. in a stylish (not cheesy) collage.
Group Like Items Together: There is always strength in numbers.
Get a Display Case: If you want to keep things together in an organized fashion consider putting them in a display case.
Up-Cycle: Are there things that could use a little face-lift without destroying their meaning? Keep their essence and create something new.
What kinds of memorabilia can you not live without, and what creative ways have you found to incorporate them into your world? Tell us below.
Image: Alysha Findley