Country Sampler Autumn Decorating SIP 2018 - - Inside -

One con­sis­tent theme through­out this Santa Mon­ica cot­tage is me­men­tos. From an an­tique oar found on a trip to Bal­ti­more to vin­tage pho­to­graphs and tin stars, the home dis­plays the mem­o­ries of the fam­ily.

Use your own va­ca­tions as op­por­tu­ni­ties to find dec­o­ra­tive items. Rather than a snow globe or a T-shirt, bring home an item that au­then­ti­cally rep­re­sents the area as well as your mem­o­ries. Shells, can­dle­sticks and pic­ture frames are just a few ideas. Or, use the va­ca­tion trea­sures to cre­ate your own DIY decor. Here are some ideas to try af­ter your next trip:

Use a strong ad­he­sive to glue for­eign coins, seashells or sea glass to a small mag­net for unique fridge art.

Cre­ate a kitschy mo­bile from post­cards, or slide post­cards un­der the glass top of a cof­fee ta­ble.

Buy a tra­di­tional na­tive scarf or blan­ket that rep­re­sents the area, and use it as a valance above your win­dow.

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