A Simple Way to Fill Your Home With Memories

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Do you bring home souvenirs after trips? I recently thought of something anyone can do and it doesn’t cost a thing! Plus it will flood your memory of good times and the places you went every single day!

You see, I’m not big into the t-shirts, shot glasses or trinkets. I hate clutter. But I also want to personalize our home and incorporate memories. So what’s a girl to do? Well after a recent trip to San Francisco and Charleston, I had an idea!

No matter where you go, near or far, you can always find something that sparks delight. Then, replicate this same thing or experience at home. For example…

I was bursting with happiness over all the planters outside of every Charleston home. So instead of buying a souvenir, I snapped pics of topiaries, ivy and window boxes. I plan to recreate my favorites at home! Every time we pull into our drive way, I’ll remember sinking my toes in the ocean, taking in the charm and feasting on shrimp and grits.

Of course there are other ways to do this besides plants!


Here are some examples to inspire you for your next adventure…

The trick is to pay attention to what makes you happy and take note of the details! Clearly my vacations revolve around food and drink.

On last plant story before I let you go! Last Fall, we planted hydrangeas as an ode to Nantucket – one of our favorite family vacations. They’re just starting to bloom, so every morning, Larry (my pup!) and I checkto see how much they’ve grown. And every morning I start the day off with a wonderful memory. Which sets the tone for a great day!

Now it’s your turn to brainstorm. Have you ever done this? I’d love to hear your stories! It’s almost like a fun game you play with yourself.



Rose Dress c/o Tobi {sadly sold out fast, but Love this instead} || Nude Sunglasses c/o Tobi Cork Stuart Weitzman Heels {old but these are FAB}

Photos by Charlotte Elizabeth Photography!


  • I love this idea, Nicole! You’re so thoughtful 🙂 I just got back from St. Simons Island and I would give anything to bring those lush, green palm trees to Chicago. Hmmm…

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    • Thanks Jess! I’ve heard Palm Trees make great indoor plants 😉

  • Cute ideas Nicole! Especially since I hate clutter too!!

    • Thank you Kelly! You are the travel queen! Do you guys buy souvenirs?