It’s no secret that I think your love of travel can be reflected in your day-to-day life even if you’re not a worldly nomad. Like me, a lot of travellers want to see the world, but they also want a place they can call home. Filling your home with treasures you’ve collected on your journeys really does make it special. I love the Peruvian rug I have in my living room. Every time I see it I’m transported back to my time in Cusco.
Nic from Wildlandia really has achieved a super stylish travel inspired room in her home. As part of the Travel Home Tour feature here on Taylor Hearts Travel, Nic has very kindly invited you to have a look. I’m in love with every single bit of it, so I know you’ll love it too.
♥ How would you describe your home style?
Global eclectic, comfy, and nature inspired. I love mixing vintage pieces with modern and handcrafted pieces. Most everything in my home has been collected over time and has a story, even if that story is meeting a rando* off Craigslist. *For fellow Brits, this means a random!
♥ Is there a particular country or trip that has influenced this style?
Latin America for the nature and natural materials used for sure, and the colors of Thailand and other parts of SE Asia are really inspiring.
♥ I love the tapestry on your wall. Where did you get it from?
It’s from a street market in Costa Rica. We did a road trip from the Osa peninsula to Manual Antonio and found it along the way. The woman who made it was there and sold it to me for $25.
♥ Are any of the other gorgeous accessories in your room from your travels?
The macrame plant hanger we also picked up in Costa Rica. The blanket is from a harbor in Mexico. The little elephant on the dresser is from an elephant nature preserve in Thailand we visited. We just got back from Europe where I picked up some vintage album covers from Paris and tiles from Italy that I’m really excited to incorporate somewhere in the house.
♥ Do you have a vision of how you want the room to look before you collect the homeware accessories on your trip?
Not necessarily a vision, just things I like. I stick to the “find what you love and make it work” mantra when it comes to home decor.
♥ Some think that travellers shouldn’t spend money on material things. What do you think?
I think going to street markets is a great way to experience the culture of a country. I look for things that fit in my carry on that I know will make good accents to my home and remind me of the time spent in that country.
If you don’t want to buy anything, you can always frame plane tickets or other things you collect on your travels. I have a rose that my fiance gave me in Rome framed in my kitchen that I really cherish.
♥ What advice would you give to travellers looking to buy homeware accessories on their trips?
Read up on whether haggling is customary in the place you’re going. If it is, don’t be afraid to confide in your powers of negotiation to get a price you feel comfortable with. The locals are used to it and in most cases price items up expecting you to ask for something lower.
♥ Is there a shop that you would recommend for travel inspired homewares?
I don’t really shop for travel inspired things for my home outside of the things I bring back from my travels. I think having something authentic that’s local to the place you visited are better because of the story you get to tell behind it.
Gorgeous isn’t it? I want to go to Costa Rica so I can pick up one of those plant holders – any excuse and all that! Nic’s blog is equally as lovely as her bedroom. She shares some really unique crafty DIYs (the tie-dye beach towel is my fave) and every post is full of amazing photographs. You can join the party at Wildlandia.
Is your love of travel reflected in your home? Perhaps your walls are adorned in Italian art or your shelves filled with Indian trinkets. If you want to be featured in a Travel Home Tour get in touch.