If you open my kitchen cabinets, you will find a plethora of coffee cups marked with countries and cities around the world. Why? Because coffee cups were the most natural way for me to collect my world travels and experience those memories over and over. While coffee may not be your thing – which I will never understand why it’s not – collections are a great way to develop a worldly home. In my case, I share those coffee cups with guests when they come over. Without fail, that country shown is brought up in conversation and I have an opportunity to persuade a friend to go on their next adventure with me. Consider coins, shot glasses for my young and able-bodied folks out there, bracelets, salt, or even textiles. If you have a story or memory connected to your souvenirs, you’re more likely to place them out for company to see.
Herbs & Spices:
We all love to eat when we travel. In fact, if you’re anything like me, you eat 47 times more when you’re traveling. The new spices and herbs are exciting! Why not bring them home with you? Sure, Walmart has a decent selection but I guarantee that bringing home the spicy and bold flavor of Bebere in Africa or Togarashi of Asia will be far more fulfilling. You’re able to have another bite of heaven from your couch and fill your home with the aromas that you enjoyed on your last adventure. If you don’t know where to start, consider the spices I have listed below from a few continents on your next venture.
Africa: berbere, harissa, ras el hanout
Indian Subcontinent: panch paron, garam masala
Middle East: advieh, za’ atar
North America: dry rub (that’s the country in me coming out), pumpkin pie spice
Not to mention, this is a great opportunity to support your local holistic herb store that may have a selection of spices and herbs that you can’t get for yourself for sometime. My local herb store has over one thousand herbal extract options. It’s a fun date idea to go out and buy new spices before you cook a meal together. Send me a wedding invitation if it works.
Once you get a spice in your home, you have it forever.
While it ties into what I previously stated about Collections, textiles and fabrics are such a vivid way to embed a worldly aesthetic to your home. There are tons of companies that support artisans around the world that are totally worth the penny. The Citizenry, out of Dallas, that gives back to artisan communities has a varied collection to peruse. Don’t be afraid to dabble with throw blankets, pillows, coasters, and bed spreads. Take a look at artisan supporters below:
Piece & Co.
Etsy Artisan Community