Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Tourist Chic with No Air Miles

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Tourist Chic with No Air Miles

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HAVE you ever been away on holiday, but couldn't find anything worthy of being a stylish souvenir? Unfortunately those two words - stylish and souvenir - don't often go hand in hand. Too often I'm confronted by gift shops that are brimming with poor quality items that, when I get them home, they end up in the attic. But souvenir chic is a big trend in the fashion world right now with everything from bags to earrings sporting miniature Eiffel Towers, London Buses or Russian babushka dolls, right, and interior designers are catching on to the trend.

So don't fall into the trap while on holiday of buying souvenirs at the last minute that you don't really want and end up giving away. Rather than returning home laden with a heavy suitcase full of keep-sakes, why not buy something stylish when you're back home that evokes memories of your travels? And at the same time nail the new interior trend that is Tourist Chic.

Barker and Stonehouse has some great pieces.

For example, this fabulous tall Grecian urn, below, embodies the Grecian pottery style, without you having to haul something similar through customs.

The lead finish gives an antique feel, while the urn is hard-wearing and built to last. Ideal as a stylish planter in your garden, or as a decorative piece, particularly as a pair to furnish a conservatory, the Grecian urn gives you a little bit of Grecian mystique, without the air miles!

Similarly, you can save money on expensive shipping costs with this fabulous retro American 5th Avenue display cabinet, below right.

Effortlessly chic, this 1960s style piece is the personification of the stylish television series Mad Men and wouldn't look out of place in Don Draper's incredible Manhattan apartment.

The high gloss American walnut veneer, interior glass shelves and polished aluminium handles reflect stateside sophistication at its best. …

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