Inspiration: Displaying Souvenirs

Inspiration: Displaying Souvenirs

Mat Sanders
Jul 18, 2011

Travel souvenirs can make for dangerous collections. They can be dust-catching eye sores that don't fit within your home or end up thrown into a box never to be seen again. But keeping a collection in mind before and during a vacation can make for beautiful displays later. Check out these five inspiring ways for showcasing your souvenirs while keeping the kitsch under control.

1. Photographing Trinkets
Jess from creative travel blog Skiptown arranged and photographed her souvenirs against a white backdrop. How good would her collections look in a framed series? Photographing your souvenirs is a great way to display your finds in an artful way, without having to worry about the dust and clutter.

2. Memory Jars
Tidy jars filled with travel treasures can make for beautiful little time capsules. This memory jar project from Martha Stewart provides inspiration for perfectly preserved memories.

3. Shadowboxes
Carefully arranging vignettes within a shadowbox is an opportunity to re-stage some of your favorite souvenirs from a getaway. I love the way Ashley Campbell displayed her mementos from Hawaii, especially with her customized alphabet framed background and sand-filled lab beakers. Imagine a wall filled with charming travel shadowboxes from over the years! via Design Aglow

4. Framed Matchbooks
Want to remember all those great restaurants and bars you visited on your adventure? Don't forget to nab a matchbook! A framed grid is a great way to display these little keepsakes and could be the beginning of a lifelong collection. via Design Counting

5. Collecting One Item
Who could forget House Tour favorite Mike Murphy's hilarious snow-globe collection? A delightfully unexpected contrast to his stylish and masculine Brooklyn loft, Mike's assortment of snow globes is a great example of picking one item (however kitschy it may be) and making the collection work by committing to the series.

Images: As linked above

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