Wanderlust is a strong desire to travel the world.
I honestly don't know if I was born with wanderlust or if it was spoon fed to me as a child. The reason is, I grew up in a home that played host to countless foreign exchange students. On average, we hosted four to six foreign exchange students each year! Growing up hearing stories of foreign lands, I always knew that travel would be a big part of my life.
In the discovery phase of redesigning a client's space, I always ask if there is somewhere they've traveled to or yearn to travel to that they would like to incorporate into their home. This is where they light up as they tell me that they honeymooned in Greece, always wanted to take an art or cooking class in Italy or would love to see the pyramids in Egypt. I don't create 'themed' rooms based on their answers but it will inspire me choose a color scheme, decorative accents and wall art that will remind them of that vacation or dream destination.
Today, I am sharing some of my travels with you plus tips on how you can incorporate travel and adventure into your own home. Bon Voyage!
I have traveled to 12 different countries – some I have visited only once thinking that I would return again and other countries, I have visited countless times and practically set down roots. For a decade, I was fortunate enough to spend a month each year in small village outside of Cognac, France in a converted farmhouse turned family vacation home. We even have a barrel of cognac purchased from a local farmer called "Etienne Cognac" that we acquired right after my son was born in 2000.
Add a touch of casual French country to your home by incorporating distressed woods, antiques and provencal linens.
Paris will forever be one of my favorite places on the planet. My bohemian spirit feels most at home near Montmartre and I'm pretty sure that I was an artist at Place du Tertre in a past life.
Parisian style can range from the gilded gold ofVersailles to the bohemian chic style of Montmatre. To achieve the eclectic Parisian look you must have something old plus something new, effortlessly collected furnishings and artfully 'undecorated' displays of books and objets.
After breaking the news to my parents one day, I packed up my bags and moved to the Middle East for a year. Dubai is where I landed and during that time I was able to take frequent trips to neighboring Oman and Qatar. I fell in love the architecture, and was obsessed by the details in the doors. I loved to roam the spice souks, the old Dubai creek and the flawless beaches of the Arabian Gulf.
Are you all about incorporating the exotic look of the Arabian Gulf in your own abode? Rich fabrics, intricate designs and bold color choices will add some spice to your living space.
If you have a case of wanderlust, you don’t have to travel the world to achieve a well-traveled global look. I have the most sublime memories from my world travels. When my travel muses show up unexpectedly and unannounced, I am able satisfy my own wanderlust by digging deep into my own experiences and creating looks inspired by my own adventures.
If you’re looking for a change in 2016 and would like to add some travel inspired touches to your own home, I would love to help capture the essence of any location that you’ve already traveled to or an adventure that you aspire to take. My passion is designing experiences and inspiring adventures in your own home.
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