When I think about it, travel really influences a lot of different aspects of my life without me even realising. Whether they’re the obvious things such as the work I create or the people I meet, or the less obvious things like my work/life balance and my home.
I don’t often talk about where I live on my blog as to be honest, I never thought it had anything to do with my niche – travel. That was until I looked around and realised that the way I decorate is often based on travel experiences I have had.
Thinking about it, Travel actually influences my home in more ways than I had thought.
Each of my rooms has a theme and without realising, quite a few of them are actually travel related. My bathroom is inspired by one of my favourite things, with boats, rope and lighthouse figures to remind me of the beach. My office is filled with maps and postcards from my previous trips and my soon-to-be newly decorated bedroom is going to have a black and gold New York ‘empire’ theme – I can’t wait!
Whenever I travel I always tend to pick up a souvenir that would fit nicely into the interior schemes of one of the rooms in my house, including wooden tulips from Amsterdam, lavender from Croatia or ornaments from Disneyland Paris. Most of them live on the shelf’s in my lounge, making it the perfect reminder of all of the cool places I’ve visited.
I’ve also started collecting ‘licence plate’ style boards from every city I visit so that I can put them on the wall in my office. I hope to one day be able to fill a wall (or more) with all the incredible places I’ve been – so I’m a little sad I hadn’t started this earlier as I’d be well on my way.
Whenever I’ve been away I love to keep every little thing I collect as a memento. Train tickets, passes to museums and postcards are my favourites, but sometimes I’ve even kept beer mats from bars, bits of currency and even tiny jars of sand from beaches.
There are so many interesting ways to display your travel momentous that I love browsing through Pinterest to see the different ways I can put everything together and display it in my house – my favourite has to be putting it all in those chunky IKEA photo frames.
I’ve only recently started putting these together but I can’t wait to start getting them up in my house as I decorate.
The Ultimate Guide to Interior Design Styles
The Ultimate Guide to Interior Design Styles inspired my blog post today as a lot of the current trends are actually ‘travel infused’ including coastal, French country, Scandinavian and Hollywood Glamour. The guide shows several interior design styles and covers everything you need to know, from suggested colour schemes to furniture choices, along with the occasional hint on how to add your own character to the style.