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Sunday, July 1, 2012

Storytelling Sunday–unusual souvenir

Sian’s suggested theme for this month’s stories and I knew I would have some stories to tell.

I decided a blog was not the place to share the stories of unusual souvenirs of the gastric variety, and the time my nephew brought a pocketful of seeds across the border is best left in the dimness of memory. 

Instead I’ll share with you how the colour scheme of the room I’m sitting in as I type was my unexpected souvenir from a family trip to Africa 5 years ago. 

We went on a fabulous safari holiday, in Zambia and Malawi.  On the drive back from the Zambian park we stopped in at Tribal Textiles and collectively bought up a storm – table linen, laundry bags, shoulder bags, toiletry bags. 

Fast forward three years when I was staying with my sister and planning the decor for the flat that I had just bought.  I knew I wanted colour on the walls and was looking for inspiration.  I was drawn to the laundry bag that my younger nephew had chosen – pale green background with hibiscus flowers in different shades of dusky pink. 

I decided this would make a good palette for the room that serves as my office, craft space and guest room. Three walls are green, one is a lighter pink and the trim of the shelves are a darker pink.  I also have pink hibiscus decal on the walls above my computer.  And my sister found a place to order their products online and got me a cushion of the same design

The photo has ‘browned’ the wall – it is actually the same green as the cushion – which is posing on a high shelf for this photo.

Looking forward to reading all the stories shared this month – just what I need on another rainy day.

19 comments:

Missus Wookie said...

Gorgeous colour combination - and what a lovely laundry bag! The walls of our downstairs room are green, makes for odd colour casts on photos but I still love them.

Louise said...

Hibiscus flowers are gorgeous.

debs14 said...

What a lovely design and colour combination. Great choice!

heart.hearth.home. said...

Your souvenir has led to a design make-over. Lovely choice of colours, so calming. Thank you for sharing.

Jane said...

gorgeous colours!

scrappyjacky said...

Wonderful colours.

Mel said...

Love that cushion - it's great to have souvenirs of trips abroad round the house to remind you of the happy memories!

Abi said...

lovely colour scheme and nice that you have the memories every time you look around the room

Becky said...
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Becky said...

Sorry about comment above - Internet went strange! What I was trying to type was that I love the colour scheme :-)

Elizabeth said...

Beautiful fabric, and lovely color scheme for a room. Fabric is always a nice souvenir to bring back memories of a trip.

Melissa said...

Isn't it fun how we can find color schemes in so many places & things & countries! Beautiful colors - I bet it's a happy room!

Karen said...

Beautiful colour scheme.

furrypig said...

that is a striking colour scheme and a great souvenir

alexa said...

That's a fresh and pretty colour combination - and how nice that it has a back-story as well!

Gail said...

Love the color scheme - just goes to show you can get ideas from anything. :)

Chipper said...

What a beautiful bag! It must be a soothing room. My daughter just read to me all about colours and green is the most relaxing on the eyes and the least tiring. A bit of trivia for your day :-)

Wanda said...

Your color choices are so pretty--both feminine and refreshing. And how nice that your sister was able to find a pillow for you that combines your inspiration colors and a memory of what sounds like an amazing vacation.

Sian said...

A story well worth the wait Helena! You have combined two of my favourite things in one lovely post - travelling and decorating. You couldn't have found a better way to entertain me as I take a break from the unpacking. Thank you. I'm admiring your colour scheme too..