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How to curate a well-travelled home

It's the season for travel, and picking up trinkets along the way. But how to seamlessly merge your souvenirs and artisan finds into your not-so-exotic surroundings when you get back home? Interior stylist and curation queen Emma Gurner shares her tips for creating a room with a (worldly) view.

“Fill your home with things you love — whether that's art, vintage pieces or small trinkets brought back from your travels. They make a house a home and reflect who you are. Display your finds in unusual ways. I've collected beautiful semi-precious stones over the years, which I've put in an old printing press tray. Hung on the wall, it's a unique piece of art. Use colour to unite your scheme. You may have brought back a beautiful painting or rug. Pick out a colour within these objects and apply this, or a tone of it, to your walls to create harmony. But keep some space clear. Blank walls are just as important as the embellished ones. They allow your treasures to become a focal point in the room. Whenever you bring back something new from your travels, play around with styling. It may mean re-arranging, re-hanging, even re-painting, but your home should evolve as you do.”

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