Thursday, December 4, 2014

A Travelife sort of Christmas, with Christmas decor from around the world


This wreath is on a coffee table,
made from all kinds of objects, items and memories
from around the world,
living a Travelife.

Since I returned from a Travelife to Morocco and Japan last weekend, I've been busy in my few spare moments creating Christmas decor for my home.

I have several policies regarding Christmas decor.

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ALMOST EVERYTHING IS ORIGINAL
AND HOME-MADE

1) I always make my own Christmas decor. I never outsource decor or arrangements to anyone because I love doing my own interiors, table settings and everything to do with design.

This is so much fun.

I made this wreath as well with scrap items recycled every year.
And then I placed a Jewish candle holder I bought two weeks ago
in the souk of Fes, Morocco
in the middle of the wreath.

I CREATE MY OWN WHENEVER POSSIBLE.
AND I ALWAYS IMPROVISE.

2) I never buy Christmas decor that's already made. Instead, I like to get ribbons, ornaments and other Christmas paraphernalia, and then to create my own decor using items I've brought back from my Travelife around the world.

Most of the items I've brought back are not expensive either.

For example, I have giant pine cones from Hungary, glass figurines from the Czech Republic, silk hangings from Thailand, ribbons from Paris, shells from Crete, and dried twigs from my weekend home in Mount Fuji.

Then I put something together every year, always just a little different each time.

I placed a wreath on an antique Japanese jar.
and surrounded it with beautiful shells
I bought in the Greek island of Crete
last September.

I STRONGLY BELIEVE IN RECYCLING,
AND IN AVOIDING CHRISTMAS WASTE

3) I always recycle Christmas decor. They're packed well in January each year and brought out again every November.

I so dislike the idea of having to buy Christmas decor that will only be thrown away after the season is over, as this is so environment-unfriendly.

Brass figurines from Bagan, Myanmar,
decorated with Christmas twigs

FILLED WITH TRAVEL MEMORIES.
ALWAYS ONE IN A ZILLION.

4) My Christmas tree is filled with decor from around the world. I like to buy one ornament from each memorable destination, so that my tree is truly eclectic and so very Travelife.



The nice result to this, however, is that my home is filled with one-of-a-kind decor that constantly remind me as well of all the happy memories in my never-ending, and never-endingly eventful Travelife.



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Join us for 
a Travelife this 2015


MOROCCO
The best of an exotic destination
April 18 to 27, 2015


CZECH REPUBLIC
Romance & gastronomy
May 17 to 25, 2015


TOKYO & YOKOHAMA
The ultimate food trip
June 6 to 11, 2015


HOKKAIDO
Nature & hot springs
July 3 to 8, 2015


TOKYO & THE KANTO REGION
The hidden Japan
August 29 to September 3, 2015


Email travelife@travelife.biz for more details.

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