Going on Vacation? Don’t Forget Your ZIP Code

We’ve all been there.  You are in the throes of an amazing vacation, and are captivated by all things _________ (fill in the blank of your vacation destination).  You go out shopping, perhaps following wine at an amazing beachside restaurant, and stumble upon (literally or figuratively, depending on how much wine you had) something in one of the shops that is just SPEAKING to you.

Close your eyes and imagine yourself strolling the souks in Marrakech.  You have spent the last few days immersed in the culture and people of this region that is so different from your own.  You spy these painted tablets, and need to have one.  Forgetting that you live in a 1930’s suburban Colonial-style home.  Will it work?  Or not?

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Have fun with it at home, and boldly display it with pride.  A piece like this can certainly serve as a conversation piece, and a daily reminder to you of your trip, and the vastness of the world.

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Or, you are escaping the Nor-Easter at home for  the warmer climes of Arizona, and you enter a fine-art gallery.  You spy this wire sculpture of an Arizona jack-rabbit, and you just want it.  And your mind has gone all Southwest on the bit, and you forget that it totally will not go with your colorful urban loft.

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How to style this piece in a different landscape?   Showcase its uniqueness and let it be center stage in front of some books, or in the center of a coffee table.

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Following a dinner at a seaside Mexican cantina, you encounter a flea market with these hand-woven pillows.  Wanting to capture both the uniqueness of the pillow as well as the ability to help the local economy, you snatch one up.  Not thinking for even a second where you plan to place it in your home.

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Use a colorful pillow as an accent to add a pop of color to an otherwise monochromatic landscape.

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