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Bringing your holiday home

July 11, 2016Susan

So often we go on a holiday and have the best times of our lives, only to come back with just a tan and a handful (or phonefull) of holiday snaps to remember it by.

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Some of my best trips have been city breaks and I always bring something back from them. Often it’ll be a kitsch snow-globe as well as something random, like on my recent girls holiday to Berlin– I brought back a Frog Hook from an antiques market there.

I was recently was asked to create a composition or a Flatlay (if you speak the lingo!) inspired by my holidays and city breaks and this is what I came up with.

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Bringing your holidays into your home isn’t hard. If you want to recreate that cute little cafe, in your kitchen, or even just the mood of your holiday with colour and cheerful, travel orientated objects. You can do it just by adding a couple of items.

  • Anything with arrows or wheels adds a fun “lets go!” vibe.
  • The red gingham linen I’ve used here epitomises French cafe’s, so think about colours and patterns of where you want to encapsulate
  • Look for classic food packaging that you can reuse. The San Pellegrino bottle here is a good example, as are the Bonne Maman jam jars. These could be home to tealight or candles, or flowers. Whatever works for you.
  • Get into the habit of seeking out the same kind of souvenir from your travels, start a collection of photo booth strips from around the world, or a vintage trinket that will always remind you of that special moment on holiday. Whatever you are drawn to.


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Comments (10)

  • Antonia Ludden

    July 11, 2016 at 3:07 pm

    Ah, this is a cute idea. We normally bring home a cheesy fridge magnet, it has become a bit of tradition, but I like the idea of a bottle or jar from a memorable holiday meal to style at home 🙂

  • Rachel

    July 12, 2016 at 10:47 am

    Lovely idea, it’s always nice to be reminded of holidays. I buy nice postcards of favourite views to bring home and pop on the inspiring memo board above my desk.

  • deardesigners

    July 12, 2016 at 4:12 pm

    A lovely idea. Too often our photo’s are not even looked at after a week or two. Trinkets are much more evocative and tactile after all.

  • Clare

    July 12, 2016 at 6:22 pm

    Love these ideas. Now trying to think about how I can bring Cornwall into my London flat… I’m guessing the regular consumption of jam and scones doesn’t count?

  • Stacey Sheppard

    July 12, 2016 at 8:06 pm

    I like to bring back some kind of artwork that reminds me of my trips. It helps me to remember the nice places I’ve been when I look around my home on a dreary rainy summer’s day.

  • Stephanie

    July 12, 2016 at 10:42 pm

    How cute are all your little bits and bobs, I love that each thing is a memory and a reason why you’ve got that item. I love your flatlay!

  • catesthill

    July 13, 2016 at 4:56 pm

    I’m desperate for a holiday! Some lovely inspiration here to brighten up the dull British summer and have a bit of fun xxx

  • Kaelyn

    July 13, 2016 at 6:29 pm

    Such a nice idea! Genius! I do bring back home random stuff. I thought it was me. My sis is fridge magnet addicted.

  • Pippa Jameson

    July 18, 2016 at 12:36 pm

    What a lovely idea! Such a pretty composition. I’m embarrassed to say that I’m not up on the lingo as didn’t know it was called a ‘flatlay’ ! x

    1. Susie

      July 18, 2016 at 12:52 pm

      Hehe- call it whatever suit you lovely! Thanks for stopping by x

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