Gypset travel souvenirs are the secret ingredient to the bohemian home. They bring the intrigue and depth that all spaces crave.
Every detail in my home tells has story. A story of what I have seen, colors that I love and places I have traveled. The interaction between antiques, thrift store finds and souvenirs is my bohemian design. Although many people do not enjoy thrifting and antiquing they do enjoy vacations. What you bring home from your vacations or travels can highlight the culture you love and offer cherished memories of the times had. The question is HOW to choose the right souvenirs and HOW to display them.
If you are a frequent traveler start to collect similar objects from different places and group them together. These could be maps, coins, menus, plates, books, masks or anything that interests you. If you are someone that frequents beaches start collecting seashells and put them in a large bowl on display. Even if you are someone who travels to the next town you could collect wine corks of where you have been and good times you have shared.
Collection of masks
Collection of scarves
Worn Basket Collection
I don’t get to travel as much as I would like to. If money wasn’t an issue I would be gypsettin’ all over the world. When I do get out I make it a point to find one incredible piece of artwork. I incorporate these pieces into my other works giving the art a more global look.
When I was traveling in Tokyo I found this wonderful antique teapot that I fell in love with!! I carefully packed it into my carry-on luggage only to find it cracked down the center when I got off my 19 hour flight. That was when I personally swore off breakable souvenirs. But sometimes you find a piece that you must have.
Textiles and Tapestries are a wonderful find and are my
#1 suggestion for gypsetters.
They are lightweight and easy to pack. They also can be implemented into your home in several ways. You could make them into pillows, reupholster a ottoman, display as framed, unframed art or even drape them over a sofa or bed.
Handiri Moroccan wedding blanket as art
Mexican Otomi fabric on lampshade
Sometimes (for me most times) you fall in love with a piece that you cannot live without. If you have the means and the funds to purchase and bring it home.. GO for it!! If you love it don’t worry about it fitting in with your previous style. Style evolves just like a person does after traveling.
Below are some of my absolute favorite Gypset travel finds that have been worked in to give these spaces a global bohemian look.
Kantha blanket from Turkey
JuJu hat from Africa
Kimono from Japan
Moroccan Tea Tray
Gypsetter: Its an alternative way of traveling. Take that jet set mentality, mix in the carefree mindset of a gypsy and you are ready to explore the world. Instead of a luxury hotel in Bahamas or St. Bart’s, you might find a Gypsetter in Montauk, Cornwall, or in a teepee in Ibiza.
Gypset: An unconventional, bohemian approach to life.
Another Tea Tray because I am obsessed!