I've always loved to bring something of sentiment back with me from a memorable trip. Even something as small as a box of matches from a well-loved restaurant and celebratory dinner with friends can make lighting a candle at home a little more fun. The trick to living with everything you love, is finding a way to organize it all! You don't want your home to look like an overflowing box of trinkets and photos, but rather a beautifully appointed and designed space filled with just the right amount of objects and treasures.
A weekend or vacation near the beach is a great reason to pick up some unique shells and rocks. I love these little glass jars (easily found at the hardware store or craft shop) and filling them with the very best beach finds. Try affixing a clear label or piece of craft paper to the top or side of the jar and hand write a label reminding you of the place where you collected them. This particular jar is a memory box of time I spent in the Hamptons, New York. Filled with beach glass, shells, a cool hermit crab shell and even a subway token from my ferry ride to Shelter Island.
Speaking of Shelter Island, I am loving this candle by Jonathan Adler. He has also created other scents inspired by some of the most beautiful places like Lake Tahoe and Big Sur. (www.jonathanadler.com)
Wherever your travels take you, even just down the street to your favorite dinner spot--bringing something small back to your space may bring a smile to your face when you are having a not-so-relaxing day.