Calling all jetsetters! Make your home as much of a travel destination with these travel inspired home decor ideas to affirm your wanderlust.
One of my favorite parts about moving around a lot is the opportunity to decorate a new home. When describing my interior design style, it’s all about how to tastefully represent the outside world inside my personal haven. When it comes to travel inspired decorating, step outside the comforts of world maps and travel posters. In this list, you’ll find homegoods for the sentimentalist, fair trade handicrafts, upcycled objects, and wall art that will take you to all the places you long to be.
ALVAR CARTO MAP POSTER
World maps tend to be the most popular way to express a love for globetrotting. But instead of the whole world on display in your bedroom, how about zooming-in on one significant destination? Leave it to the Scandinavians to figure out a gorgeous way to readjust our perspectives. Finnish papergoods company Alvar Carto lets us magnify the most important places in our lives. When given a closer look, the focused approach has made me appreciate the places I love all the more. The customization is not limited to place; you can even customize the aesthetic, colors, and text too! The poster I splurged on features Daejeon, South Korea—the city where Tim and I first met! Hoping to add a Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam poster to my Christmas wishlist!
LIFT TOP COFFEE TABLE
I don’t know what I love more about this coffee table: the ceramic tiles that whisk me away to the streets of Lisboa or the fact that the tabletop splits and lifts up to reveal a retractable desk. The unit also becomes another storage space to stow away puzzles, board games, and throw blankets inside.
DOUBLED CROCHETED HAMMOCK
Instantly transform your boring backyard to a groovy oasis with this rainbow hammock made in Brazil. Hammocks have long been used by native Brazilians since pre-Portugues colonists and many local artisans can skillfully weave lavish, fringed lace. Caipirinhas not included.
CUSTOMIZABLE WORLD GLOBE
Nothing says “I Love To Travel” than a customized world globe proclaiming that exact sentiment. The handlettered design makes for an eyecatching, statement piece on a bookshelf.
Serve afternoon tea on this cheerful tray made from recycled silk saris—an art form known as ‘Kantha’. This time-honored weaving tradition is not only durable, but is also a practical way to repurpose discarded fabrics.
HOMESICK STATE CANDLES
As a recent Californian transplant, I find myself homesick for Massachusetts all the time. This company stocks fragrance blueprints of all 50 states. For example, Northern California is a splendid mix of wine and redwood, while the scent snapshot of Massachusetts is none other than donuts, apple cider, and a dash of that crisp autumn smell.
MANEKI-NEKO BATH MAT
I’m obsessed with the Maneki-Neko aesthetic and couldn’t believe my luck discovering this dose of happiness in bath mat form! Please bring good fortune my way lucky cat, and keep the morning chill away from my toes!
MOROCCAN TEA SET
My idea of Moroccan hospitality is synonymous to being served freshly-brewed Morrocan mint tea every place we went. I mean, who wouldn’t feel welcomed sipping sweetened, crushed spearmint leaves from these luxurious glasses. Every modern host/hostess needs to adopt this Moroccan custom.
MOUNTAIN PHOTO HOLDERS
With an overflow of polaroids and not enough display options, these dainty mountains are a great alternative to clothespins and twine presentations. You can also use them as place cards for fancy dinner parties.
RUSTIC LOVE TRIPTYCH
When I think of wooden signs, I think of places I’ve been and places I’m going to. This rustic triptych is a beautiful way to celebrate origins and destinations, especially for those in long distance relationships or those who have moved away from loved ones. Can be customized with any US state or country.
A friend of a friend had discovered this sunny pitcher during her study abroad days in Madrid, and to this day, gifts this Sangria pitcher to each of her friends. Each vessel from LaTienda is hand-painted in the small town of El Puente del Arzobispo and features the artisan’s signature for authenticity.
BLACK SUTI POOF
Growing up, I had two poof chairs in my house from my mother’s time living in the Middle East. Which is why, I can’t imagine an inviting homespace without a poof chair. This vibrant poof is a patchwork of embroidered Indian fabrics and guarantees that you have backup seating when the dining room fills up.
VINTAGE SUITCASE TRUNKS
You know you’re a traveler when… packing a suitcase is basically muscle memory. To ensure that you never forget how to pack sensibly, splurge on these nesting doll vintage suitcase chests that double as a nifty side table when stacked.
Two things I came back with from Cusco: an all-too-real fear of altitude sickness and these darling sunburst mirrors, which made up for three days of non-stop nausea. The carving techniques used for these delicate wall accents demonstrate centuries-old craftsmanship once used for solely religious work.
THE ANTISANA ARROW BLANKET
Throw blankets are household essential and this alpaca-synthetic blend is sure to become a living room staple. Produced by the Otavaleños people who are native to northern Ecuador, the colors of the Antisana blanket are inspired by the volcano it was named after.
TURKISH MOSAIC LAMP
Of all the things showcased in Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar, nothing dazzled me more than these mosaic lamps. Anytime I need to travel back to Turkey, I turn on my handmade Turkish lamp and let the multiplex of colors transform my dreary room into a magical souk corridor.
RETRO VINYL WALL CLOCK
Upcycled vinyls have never looked so stylish. There are dozens of lasercut skylines to choose from. Invest in your favorite cities around the world and set the clocks to their local timezones.
BOHEMIAN WALL HANGING
A innovative take to the trending macramé fad made from recycled sari fabric (like the handwoven tray and sufi poof above). Use this wall hanging to liven up a bare wall and best of all, this purchase supports a woman’s co-op in Bangladesh.
ONE LUCKY PERSON WILL RECEIVE A 50x70cm ALVAR CARTO POSTER FEATURING ANY DESTINATION OF THEIR CHOICE. THE CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED.
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