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3 Ways to Style and Display Your Travel Souvenirs

Fuel your wanderlust by using your favorite finds as decor pieces at home

Photography: Dairy Darilag Styling: Dagny Madamba and Paula de Guzman

Who doesn't buy souvenirs when traveling? May it be a small decorative item or a lovely fabric from a busy flea market, travel mementos allow you to bring home a piece of the place you escaped to. Seeing these items at home can also motivate you to save up and work hard for your next trip!

What do you do with items that you already have? Don't just keep them or these items will turn into clutter! Maximize your travel finds with these easy must-dos:

Avoid decorating with cliché souvenirs

Say no to those ubiquitous key chains! Go for items you can display at home—a small vase, a woven fabric that you can use as a throw, or a tribal neckpiece that you can hang at the foyer. By buying pieces for the home, you get to maximize your space instead of filling it with souvenirs that you won’t be using.

Experiment by layering

Layering is key to creating a lovely spot for travel souvenirs. Group together three or four items of varying sizes and height. If you want to keep the setup classy, go for similarly colored items and just add one or two colorful items, as seen in the photo.

Be creative when displaying your souvenirs

Think out of the box: that printed scarf you scored from a flea market abroad can be framed to serve as a unique wall art! You can also move around your décor pieces from room to room to see where it totally fits.

White Vase, P1,499.75; Mori Plate, P699.75; Elephant Table Décor, P1,599.75; Scarf, P839.85; White- blue Necklace, P779.75, all from L’Indochine • Wooden Tray, P699, H&M Home • Romantic Mirror, P23,000, Black Glass Candle Holder, P1,200; Succulent Pot, P1,500, all from KISH.

This snippet originally appeared in the September 2015 issue of Real Living Magazine. Minor edits have been made by the editors. Log on to for more details. 

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