Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Mermaids at Home - Decorating a Memory.

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. (

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.


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