Postcard: Holiday Memories

September: the holidays are, for most of us, a nice memory now that school has started, or we are back to work. You had a nice relaxing stay at the beach or you went the more adventurous path? Travel memories are precious: a nice album with photographs can make you dream away years later. A collection of postcards, which you bought with the intention to send to family and friends but at the end didn't had time to find where to buy the post stamps. I know the feeling. 

 hand painted wallpaper  De Gournay  - image Geisha via  Araknesharem  - Japanese stamp via  Flickr

hand painted wallpaper De Gournay - image Geisha via Araknesharem - Japanese stamp via Flickr

Or did you came back with some souvenirs? What than seemed the perfect thing to buy, can look completely wrong once you arrive at home. Objects are perfect in the surrounding where you bought them, but don't necessarily match in your home.

 Japanese landscape via  Local Milk  - kimono via  Litwinenko  - red bowls via  Pinterest

Japanese landscape via Local Milk - kimono via Litwinenko - red bowls via Pinterest

You didn't get seduced when they made you a great offer, and now when you are back home you want to create a bit the feeling you had during your holiday. We can add little touches to our home to bring back memories without re-decorating our house in a complete different style. I choose three destinations to show that wherever you go there are always small things, perfect to bring home with you.

 tabletop decoration via  The Nest  - Japanese tea cup via  Pinterest  - picture tea ceremony via  Living a Life in Flower

tabletop decoration via The Nest - Japanese tea cup via Pinterest - picture tea ceremony via Living a Life in Flower

In a lot of countries you can find beautiful ceramics: simple pieces, colourful antique pieces or objects done by artists. Each country will have his specific style, colour, textures. Plates which you can use on a daily base, a small vase which is the perfect little piece to create a wonderful still life. Or a big vase or object to show in a glass cabinet or on a shelve. 

 Japanese textile wrapping via  Tokyo Pic  - Japanese style packaging via  MYA  - printed paper via  Flickr  - kimono via  Kikikimono

Japanese textile wrapping via Tokyo Pic - Japanese style packaging via MYA - printed paper via Flickr - kimono via Kikikimono

And each country will have its own traditional things, it can be folklore or ethnic. When I think of Japan than the sublime packaging or wrapping of gifts come to my mind. The simplest object wrapped, with an eye for detail in a colourful paper can be that perfect little gift to bring with you for somebody. The printed papers can be put in a frame and hang on your wall as a piece of art. Maybe you can find some vintage printed silk scarfs. If you are handy and creative you can even make a small handbag out of it. Or you can use it to wrap a gift. The holiday period will soon be there.

 lino-cut printed paper  Minouette  - wooden stamps  Karaku Tokyo  - printed fabric via  Pinterest

lino-cut printed paper Minouette - wooden stamps Karaku Tokyo - printed fabric via Pinterest

The Japanese are very talented in prints, and woven fabric. We know them too for beautiful and minimalistic objects. Every piece is made with a lot of taste, perfect proportions and not one detail to much to be able to blend-in in their homes.  And not to forget the colourful and playful accessories. So why not to buy a game or a toy as a colourful touch in your home. 

 Nuno lamp  Nendo  - kimono image and paper lamp via  Pinterest

Nuno lamp Nendo - kimono image and paper lamp via Pinterest

Paper lamps are available also here, just take a look at IKEA and you will be able to buy some for very little money. You can personalise it by adding some ribbons, painting some small motifs. Or you go for a more refined design lamp, which found its inspiration in the paper lamp.

 Cuilko wallpaper  Pierre Frey  - photograph by Mario Testino via  Olivia Palermo  - Mexicn stamp via  Una Vida Moderna

Cuilko wallpaper Pierre Frey - photograph by Mario Testino via Olivia Palermo - Mexicn stamp via Una Vida Moderna

When Japan stand for refinement, zen, minimalism than we can say that Mexico stands for colour, joy de vivre, playful, and passionate. Colourful objects will bring for sure joy in your home. But take care: this explosion of colours can be beautiful in summer but think how it will look in the middle of winter in your home. Ok, you can always hide it in a cupboard during the cold winter months, or enjoy it even more when you miss the warmth of the sun.

 napkin rings  Join us for Dinner  - plates via  Pinterest  - measuring spoons  Anthroplogie

napkin rings Join us for Dinner - plates via Pinterest - measuring spoons Anthroplogie

Colourful table accessories and kitchen utensils are a perfect way to create a summer feeling. Mix colours and prints, it will never be to much. Don't be afraid the plates are not all them same, this makes it even more perfect.

 Casa Azul via  Flickr  - image Frida Kahlo via  Just Khadija  - image plates via  So Darling

Casa Azul via Flickr - image Frida Kahlo via Just Khadija - image plates via So Darling

You can start a collection of plates: buy one in every country or town you visit. Soon you will have a unique wall in your home. A good idea for as well a classical as a bohemian interior style, in your kitchen or dining area.

 wool blankets via  Pinterest  - image Frida Kahlo via  Peaceful Chaotic  - modern quilts  DSQuilts

wool blankets via Pinterest - image Frida Kahlo via Peaceful Chaotic - modern quilts DSQuilts

Fabric is another thing you will find in each country. Embroidered table cloths, printed and/or quilted bedcovers. They will look even more astonishing when you have more of them, in winter they will be perfect for keeping you warm in front of the TV. In summer they will look great when put together on an pile. Look for some hand made blankets, table cloths or some garments. 

 rugs via  Hippie Hippie Chic  - pom pom baskets via  Blueberry Home

rugs via Hippie Hippie Chic - pom pom baskets via Blueberry Home

Rugs can be a bit more challenging to put in your suitcase, you can buy some small ones and put them randomly together in the living for a bohemian touch. Woven baskets is a typical summer accessory. We can see ourself going to market every day to buy fresh fruits and vegetables for dinner later that day. You can find basic baskets where you live, and during a rainy weekend you can add a touch to bring the holiday mood in your home.

 Romanian embroidery out of book Peasants museum Bucharest - image Romanian family via  Pinterest  - Romaina stamp via  Flickr

Romanian embroidery out of book Peasants museum Bucharest - image Romanian family via Pinterest - Romaina stamp via Flickr

By now you must know that Romania is close to my heart. It took me time but I got to love this country little by little. There is still so much to discover, in the small village tradition is still a vivid part of the peoples life.  Younger people are discovering their heritage.

 wooden spoons via  Pinterest  - ceramic spoons  The Awesome Project  -  Romanian women via  Folkwear Society  

wooden spoons via Pinterest - ceramic spoons The Awesome Project -  Romanian women via Folkwear Society 

On local fairs or markets you can find a nice selection of ceramics, wood craftwork and textiles. New or vintage. The museums often offer also some old pieces, specially, embroidered garments and rugs. A wooden bowl, wooden spoons, are hand-cut: use them decorative or enjoy serving salads with  a pair of bigger spoons. When you treat them with oil they will get even more beautiful in time. Young designers are getting inspired to bring Romanian traditional motifs in a modern way.

 mural via  Cafe Cartolina  - emboideries out of book Peasant museum Bucarest - women traditional cloths via  Grad daniela

mural via Cafe Cartolina - emboideries out of book Peasant museum Bucarest - women traditional cloths via Grad daniela

For those who are creative the embroideries can be an inspiration to make a big drawing on the wall. You see how a traditional motif can get very modern?

 white interior via  The Home Scene  - painted furniture  Mobila Pictata  - Romanian girl via  Pinterest  - pillow  The Homedit

white interior via The Home Scene - painted furniture Mobila Pictata - Romanian girl via Pinterest - pillow The Homedit

Your style is modern, even minimalist: give it a try by adding one piece of furniture in your home. A complet re-look by just adding one piece. Use colour, and no, it won't look as if you have inherited your grandmother's wardrobe.

 Moldovian rug and modern interior via  Preciously Me  - image Romania via  Pinterest

Moldovian rug and modern interior via Preciously Me - image Romania via Pinterest

Traditional rugs are very easy to integrate in your home. It can give just that touch of glamour to your bedroom or make your modern home even more interesting.

So how to add that touch of summer memories:

  • buy small things which are decorative
  • textiles are easy to give a warm and colourful touch
  • ceramics can be used on daily base or be a decorative element
  • rugs will make a statement in your room
  • for those who are courageous: add a painted piece of furniture
  • fabrics or print on paper can be framed and be displayed as art on the wall
  • start a collection of plates - spoons and buy one on every trip 

Wish you a creative week!

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