If you’re reading this you’ll more than likely know by now that I’m an avid traveller. Not the planned tour kind of traveller or even the pre booked kind either. No, I’ve grown up with a backpack on my back and a true sense of wonderment wandering aimlessly across the world as the moment takes me.
When back at home in Melbourne I fill my wanderlust with the treasures found on those journeys. We’ve small pieces scattered throughout our home from various trips across the world as a family and prior as solo travellers reminding us of where we’ve been and the wonderful cultural diversity we’ve been fortunate to experience.
There’s a pair of hand-embroidered slippers I wore as a child bought from a hill tribe in Chiang Mai in 1976 that now hang framed on our bedroom wall. The child’s boots bought in Darjeeling when I was there at 15 that sit on the mantle and get shifted around our home. The rug bought recently while driving through Norway that hangs over our lounge. These few treasured items plus all the other carefully wrapped pieces we’ve dragged through airports and bus stations all have a special place in our home. All these pieces make our home uniquely ours and not something available in a department store.
As a Scandinavian friend staying with us recently remarked, “you’re homes have always felt welcoming”. I put it down to our worldly treasures, there’s something for everyone in our truly eclectic worldly home. So go through your cupboards, get out those travel journals, bus tickets, maps and coins and look at ways in which you can incorporate them into your home décor. Who knows they may just inspire another journey!
Here’s a few ways to incorporate travel mementos in your home:
Most big box retailers have off the shelf frames – currency, tickets, maps all make great wall art. For larger items I’ve used professional framers and surprisingly they’re not as expensive as you may think.
A sarong, sari or even a kimono can be used as wall décor.
Have you thought of using a few lines out of your travel diary on a wall or in a frame? Try it and make your travel journal worth the effort it took to write! Most sign companies can provide you with wall stickers to match your chosen colour, font and design.
Why not incorporate your favourite travel images into décor. There are lots of companies who are printing onto pillows, timber blocks, light boxes or vinyl wall graphics. I’ve been planning on using an image taken in Sienna for curtains in my kitchen, just need the time to organise it now!