Treasures Discovered Traveling

March 31, 2010 at 6:14 AM 2 comments

Today I’d love to share a treasure I found while traveling. I have traveled extensively throughout my life and ferociously this past year. After doing the Calfornia/Illinois shuffle, I boarded the plane again and again and again for travels to Europe, Africa, Colorado and Hawaii.

Besides amazing pictures, adventurous stories and some odd experiences, I have picked up a few fun decor pieces while traveling.

My biggest love and biggest piece to carry home on an airplane was a Camaroon headdress that I call “feathers” which I picked up in South Africa. You can’t even imagine bringing this beast home but it was so worth it. I look forward to the day when I can paint my walls and it can really pop.

My hubby hung up “feathers” the morning after I got home and I was so excited that I insisted on a photo. I had originally seen a Camaroon feather headdress in Ali Wentworth’s home when it was featured in Elle Decor

Photo Credit: Elle Decor

Okay, so my apartment is not exactly up to par with Ali Wentworh and George Stephanopoulos’ Georgetown home but we may be working on different budgets. I also spotted a Camaroon headdress in a upscale flower shop in Old Town, Chicago. However, they were selling it for $500.00! While I admired it, I knew there was no way I could justify such a buy. I tried looking on Ebay and I had no luck. Disappointed, I decided to just forget about it.

A few months later, we landed in the Johanesburg airport and I saw feathers in all these cool shops. People thought I was having a heart attack when I shrieked in excitement. Then I really made a scene when I saw the price tag. I still had to give up 1/8 of a square foot of a future apartment but it was so much cheaper then any price I’ve seen in the US and it is something that I treasure.

Photo Source: Style Collective

Photo Source: Apartment Therapy

Photo Credit: Living Etc.

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I agonized over what color to choose: red, orange, white or natural. I was in Africa for a month and I mentioned the headdress every single day. I was gung ho red but I ultimately decided to go with white because I don’t know what color my home walls will be one day so this was the most adaptable. Plus, I am a sucker for white. Finally after shopping for the best price and shape, I found one that I loved.
Photo Credit: Branc

A few trip photos I took in Capetown and South Africa wine country…

Wine Country: Franchoek, South Africa
Wine Country: Groot Constantia, South Africa

Table Mountain: Capetown, South Africa

I’ve had some wonderful vacations this past year…I know, I know I suck. You’ll be happy to know that I’m officially done with long vacations.

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Glynnis  |  March 31, 2010 at 10:31 AM

    Ah the feathers! Yes, I do remember hearing about them before in South Africa quite a bit – they look great, by the way.

  • 2. katecollinsinteriors  |  March 31, 2010 at 11:44 AM

    I did try to bring them into every conversation. Ha ha! Thank you.


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