When I travel, I tend to shy away from classic souvenir stores. Though I love a good kitschy tee shirt or beach towel as much as the next girl, I think I’ve hit my limit. Living in a one-bedroom apartment forces you to prioritize space. ;)
Instead, I’ve recently turned to artwork. I’m particularly drawn to pieces of local artwork that can easily fit in my suitcase, to be framed when I get home. I love that our walls are (slowly!) becoming a montage of some of my favorite trips.
I found this beachy watercolor print in a small shop in Puerto Rico, which sold artwork created by the family who owned it. It’s actually a postcard, but I fell in love with the vibrant colors and almost cartoon-like quality of the landscape. This little painting captures the essence of Puerto Rico for me– relaxed, vivacious and tropical.
This calendar was hiding on the shelves of a local coffee shop that we often visit during our annual trips to Oregon. Each month is colorful and fun, and I love the cheer it adds to my desktop. Actually, I plan on slicing off the calendar portion of the card stock altogether, come January 2015, and framing each print separately for a bit of a gallery wall.
This print was a gift from a close family friend when I graduated high school. It’s a portrait of Seattle, from a Pike Place Market-based artist. It’s currently hanging near our front door, and every once in while, when I look up at it as I’m leaving for my day, I’m reminded of where I come from.
Are you a souvenir fan? I have a few trips coming up in the next few months (!) and I’m hoping to add to my collection. We need something for above our dining room table!
Hope you’re all having a good week.