Design Lesson
Aug 6, 2013

Travel-inspired decor

By: Lauren McPhillips

Travel-inspired decor Author: Style At Home

Design Lesson
Aug 6, 2013

Travel-inspired decor

By: Lauren McPhillips
Whether you’re a veteran jetsetter or a beginner traveller, we tend to leave a piece of our hearts in every destination we go to. Visited Provence and loved it? Spent a week in Rome and fell head-over-heels? The sights, smells and sounds of foreign lands can inspire the way we decorate our own spaces, too. Bring your globetrotting memories home with you with these 10 ways to introduce travel-inspired pieces into your home’s decor.
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1 Decorate your walls with photos of your favourite cities

Photos of Paris, Amsterdam, New York, Bangkok – there’s nothing more inspiring in a home than photos of your favourite cities. Create a gallery wall in your hallway using your own photos or beautiful images like this magical print of the City of Lights.
 Paris Is a Feeling print, $32 for 8”x10”; Eye Poetry Photography.

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2 Fill your home with pieces from international artisans


Have you ever seen a perfect piece for your home whilst on vacation but bringing it home would cost a small fortune to ship? No problem, because online markets like Far and Wide Collective partner with emerging artisans in countries around the world and offer reasonable shipping costs. 

Walnut Jali Lattice tray, from $149; Far & Wide Collective. travel-inspired-decor-patterned-.jpg
Photography by Virginia MacDonald

3 Repurpose fabrics from abroad


Whether it’s a suzani from India or traditional Scottish tartan, get creative with integrating fabrics into your home post-travels. An intricate Moroccan wedding blanket is used in the bedroom above in place of a headboard. travel-inspired-decor-suitcases-.jpg
Photography by Evan Dion

4 DIY with vintage suitcases


If you’re decorating on a budget, add some travel style to your home with a DIY project. Visit your local thrift store for some hard-case luggage and create a sculpture like the one above with just a little paint and hardware. travel-inspired-decor-frames.jpg
5 Gallery wall


Personal travel photos have the tendency to get buried on our computers or in photo albums, so why not proudly display them in your home? Create an artistic photo gallery wall with some of your favourite vacation photos and some travel-inspired quotes. Wood gallery multiple opening frames, $29.89-89.66; Pottery Barn. travel-inspired-decor-bedding.jpg
6 Recreate favourite hotel linens in your bedroom


One of the biggest luxuries of staying at a nice hotel is crawling into bed with high-quality linens. Give your bedroom the hotel treatment with a classic waffle duvet cover and soft sheets. Waffle duvet cover, from $140; Au Lit Fine Linens.

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7 Stock up on beautiful coffee table books


Let your mind wander to faraway places with stacks of beautiful travel photography books on coffee and side tables throughout your home.
Paris: A Guide to the City's Creative Heart, $20; Amazon. travel-inspired-decor-flag.jpg
8 Frame vintage flags of your favourite destination


Lover of all things Brit? Show your devotion to your favourite travel destination with a framed vintage version of the Union Jack flag. Framed Flag of the United Kingdom, from $125; Restoration Hardware. travel-inspired-decor-jar.jpg
9 Fill your home with the scent of the ocean


Nothing will take you back to a white sand beach vacation quite like the fragrance of the ocean. Fill your home with the fresh aroma of crashing waves with this candle that smells of ocean tide and sea salt. Ocean Tide & Sea Salt candle, $14; Indigo.

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10 Choose your next destination with the spin of a globe


Let a spin of the globe decide where you take your next vacation! This vintage 1940s globe would fit in perfectly in a home office or mixed in with a vignette in the foyer.
 Weber Costello 1940s Vintage Globe, $186; Etsy.

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