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Wordly Style 101
Learn how to shop and display your travel finds for a collected look.
If you’re a travel junkie who collects local souvenirs like a magpie, you’re in luck. Designer Cameron Schwabenton of Cameron Stewart Designs can help you turn your globe-trotting collections into a chic and stylish way of decorating with travel finds. Afterall, Half the fun of traveling is coming home—with something for your interiors, of course! Items... Keep Scrolling

Moroccan style living room

If you’re a travel junkie who collects local souvenirs like a magpie, you’re in luck. Designer Cameron Schwabenton of Cameron Stewart Designs can help you turn your globe-trotting collections into a chic and stylish way of decorating with travel finds. Afterall, Half the fun of traveling is coming home—with something for your interiors, of course! Items purchased on a trip are special because they bring back memories and lend a sense of adventure to your home. This Brooklyn apartment she recently showcased those skills in is only 800 square feet but Cameron turned the small layout into a cozy place brimming with antiques, books, and items the clients purchased while traveling. Here are Cameron’s tips for shopping abroad and creating cohesive designs with pieces purchased from a variety of places.

Moroccan style headboard
A Moroccan screen was used as a headboard in order, as Cameron explains, “to elongate the room and add visual interest to the ivory walls.”

1. Like a Local. Shop local and handmade when you travel, you will never regret it. These stories and memories of meeting local craftspeople will last a lifetime.

2. Shadowboxing. Custom shadowbox frames are a great way to unify and maximize the impact of a collection. They also allow you to adjust the scale to fit the space. Use a contrasting or similarly colored frame to enhance the color.

Dining room with brick and white accents and collected travel decor
The dining room reflects the couple’s love for reading and travel. An African Korhogo Cloth from the Senufu Tribe hangs against the apartment’s original brick fireplace, adding a “playful touch and contrasting with the room’s colors,” while bookshelves maximize the space and showcase a collection of antiques and old books.

3. A Place of Pride. On a bookcase, think large scale for objects, otherwise they get lost among the books

4. Proportion is Key. Scale and relationship is important. Think large for art or a collection of smaller pieces to create a gallery for high impact.

5. Looking Back. Consider the background, is it neutral or have a simple surface? Unusual finds are an easy way to add color or texture or both.

Old fashioned book shelves
The midcentury wall unit is a clean and modern way to display a mix of accents and accessories in different styles.

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