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5 Stylish Ways to Show Off Your Heritage

No matter where you come from and no matter where you end up in life, it’s always important to celebrate your culture and heritage. When you move to a new city, state, or even country, there are times when you simply want a little slice of home to hold close. What better way to alleviate homesickness but by adding bits and pieces of what you left behind to your new home? There are plenty of ways to do this in a enjoyable and stylish way. Your interior decor will not only look beautiful, but it will also hold cultural significance, which is ultimately more valuable.

No matter where you come from and no matter where you end up in life, it’s always important to celebrate your culture and heritage. When you move to a new city, state, or even country, there are times when you simply want a little slice of home to hold close. What better way to alleviate homesickness but by adding bits and pieces of what you left behind to your new home? There are plenty of ways to do this in a enjoyable and stylish way. Your interior decor will not only look beautiful, but it will also hold cultural significance, which is ultimately more valuable.

Collect and display books by authors who share the same heritage as you

row of books showing the tops of the pages

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Books are not just something pretty to fill your shelves with, they also make your home more interesting. Having books written by people who share the same or a similar culture as your own is a great way to show the deeper and more nuanced parts of where you come from. You’re also learning more about yourself through learning about the experiences of these authors. It's also always a good idea to get the perspective of people from different parts of the world. Books can give you a more thorough sense of connection to your past and insight into your future. When you have guests over and they ask about the literature you have on display, it gives you an opportunity to share things about your own culture with them. Aside from all these, you get a chance to support the authors by purchasing their work, which is always a plus.

Frame prints of maps

close-up of a table with framed photos and small knick knacks

Sometimes, you simply want to proudly display something that represents your home country or hometown inside your home. Some people hang flags inside and outside their houses, but it can be a little too on the nose. An arguably more stylish way to show off where you come from is by framing a print of a map. It looks more modern and geometric, so it works for minimalistic and contemporary styled homes. It is also a lot more subtle than flags, so it can fit better into whatever theme and color scheme your interior design might already have. You could display the map of your home country, state, city, town, or anywhere else that helps you remember where you come from.

Display pictures of memorable landmarks

Chicago’s Cloud Gate between two autumnal trees

Photo by Antonio Gabola on Unsplash

We see homes with pictures of popular landmarks displayed prominently on their walls. And though things like the Golden Gate Bridge or the Eiffel Tower are aesthetically pleasing, if they don’t hold any personal significance to you, then it makes for a less special piece of decor. Instead, why not frame landmarks from your hometown? Whether or not it would be recognized by people who do not come from that place does not really matter. The landmark doesn’t even have to be a tourist spot. It could be your favorite diner from back home, a park that you used to visit often, or the houses on the street where you grew up. Adding these personal touches to your home help you recall the good memories you have that are linked to where you come from.

Display pieces from your culture or hometown

woven baskets with ethnic patterns

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The best pieces of decor are the ones that hold a story. Even better are the ones that have a cultural significance. The next time you get to visit your hometown, pick up an item or more that represents what interior design is like from that country or state. It could be traditional vases, bowls, rugs, paintings, etc. There are surely many things that you can only find in that place. Perhaps, it can just be something that reminds you of your hometown. It can be even something more personal like an item from your childhood home or a family heirloom. These pieces do not only add personality to your house but also provide good conversation pieces for the people who visit you.

Photographs featuring different generations of your family

elderly woman hugging a child

Photo by Ekaterina Shakharova on Unsplash

What can better connect you to your roots than having photos of the members of your family displayed on your wall? Older generations do not have the luxury of having as many pictures of themselves as we do now. So, we should take advantage of the few photographs that they do have of themselves and put them on display. It will remind you of where you come from and of the people who made it possible for you to become who you are today. Of course, you should also display photographs of the current and future generations to remind yourself to be thankful for the present and look forward to the future. It is even more significant when you look at it from the perspective of families who are descendants of immigrants. You will be able to see the journey that these families took to be able to build a better life for their descendants.

Stock your pantry with ingredients to make food from your culture

teaspoons of different spices lined up

Photo by Calum Lewis on Unsplash

Aside from filling your home with decor from your culture, it's also great to fill your pantry with ingredients that let you celebrate where you come from. Once in a while, try to cook a dish that reminds you of your heritage. It's good to practice these recipes so you can pass them on to your children and your grandchildren. Having these ingredients on hand will encourage you to have traditional meals more often. It's also great when these ingredients and spices make your home smell as your parents' house may have smelled like when you were a child.

Home is where ever you make it, but it’s always good to get back to your roots. Be proud of who you are and where you come from, and don’t forget to do it in style! There’s always a reason to celebrate one’s culture and heritage.

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