A beautiful blue eye (rather like mine) arrived from Greece to grace my window.
This lovely gift came from a friend who just did a BreakAway in Greece and scored this gem in an artisan’s small boutique. Many of my walls, spaces, and sauna are adorned with collections of such mementoes from around the world. Retail temptations abound when abroad, so here are a few guidelines I try—try—to apply when scoring souvenirs…
KEEP IT SMALL. So it’s easier to transport—and takes up less space back home.
THINK ABOUT THEMES. Could be glassworks, paintings, or pottery. Go for handmade. My fave: small faces.
WRITE THE DETAILS ON THE BACK. In the case of this pristine eye, maybe not! But usually, a simple “Mazatlan, 4-1-22” will do. You’ll be glad when the collection hits 100!
HANG IN GROUPS. A montage of these artworks tells so many stories. Guests will ask.
REARRANGE. Now and then, pull the collection down and start over. You’ll see things anew.
Oh sure, I’ve smuggled home some ginormous pieces in my day. And I love them all. (Consider a spacious suitcase—or even an extra roll-up simple softsider JIC!)
But anymore, my house, like my life, is getting full. So I think small.
Because I know that big memories will forever reside in these tiny treasures.