Travel Bloggers Share Their Travel Themed Home Decor

Travel Bloggers Share Their Travel Themed Home Decor

Ever wondered what the interiors of your favourite travel bloggers’ houses are decorated with? Well, I did! As I’ve recently been filling our new home in Melbourne with items that were bought on (or to remind us of) our travels it got me thinking what travel themed home decor you might find in the abodes of my well-travelled friends. So I reached out to them and asked if they would kindly give us a peek. Here 5 travel bloggers share their favourite travel-inspired art and souvenirs in their homes, along with the stories behind them.

Pack Your Passport

amsterdam map print by Pack Your Passport

After two years of travelling in Australia as a couple, and a year in New Zealand learning how to be by myself again, Amsterdam was my first proper solo trip so it holds a lot of special memories. I remember feeling a mixture of excitement, pride, and nerves as I made my way from the airport into Amsterdam city centre, but it soon cemented itself as one of my favourite cities in the world. I’ve now visited twice more (once alone, and once with friends) and every time I’m there I feel completely at home. I bought this print to remind myself of that first trip alone and how far I’ve come since then.

Pack Your Passport

Mr & Mrs Romance

Mr & Mrs Romance Travel Theme Home Decor

We love picking up souvenirs as we travel, but having moved around the world twice for each other, we are selective on what we bring home. The Japanese print we collected on our first trip to Japan and the blue bowl is from our first trip to Greece together, where our friends got married; both precious travel memories.

However, our favourite things to bring back from our travels are our photos. We’ve got so many. It’s our plan to print them up and have a gallery wall of our travel images – that’s the plan anyway.

When we’re not on the road, we save our $5 notes and $2 coins in our travel fund for our next adventure.

Mr & Mrs Romance

Adventurous Kate

Adventurous Kate travel theme room decor

In Salento, Colombia, I found a store selling reproductions of Colombia’s famous doors. This white one is the reproduction of a door in Cartagena, which fit perfectly with my room’s rainy day palette.

Adventurous Kate travel theme room decor

Last year I discovered Hay-on-Wye, Wales, the used bookstore capital of the world. I was thrilled to discover an antique map shop among the used bookstores and found a 150-year-old map of Northern Italy that now hangs in my bedroom.
Adventurous Kate travel theme room decor

If you ever fly KLM business class, you get a KLM house! These super-collectible items, reproductions of actual houses throughout the Netherlands, are filled with booze. Mine sit on my bar cart. Since I live in Harlem I chose one from Haarlem!

Adventurous Kate

This Battered Suitcase

This Battered Suitcase travel prints

My favourite souvenirs are always prints or artwork – my home is full of art from around the world. I collect art when I travel as it’s usually affordable and easy to transport, and I love buying directly from the artist; every time I look at my walls I know I’m surrounded by fantastic stories and great memories.

This Battered Suitcase

The Travel Journo

The Travel Journo Swahili Cushions
I have these cushions on my bed to remind my of my travels in Africa. I bought loads of Swahili Khanga fabric in Mombasa and Stone Town and when I got back, I asked my mum (who’s amazing at sewing) to make cushions out of them, and she did! The Swahili words on the fabric ‘Nauthamini Wema Hata Kama Kidogo’ translates literally to ‘I am grateful for just a little bit’ so I guess we can interpret this as we like – ‘Enough is plenty’, ‘Be Grateful for what you have’, or ‘Less is more’ perhaps!

The Travel Journo

And me!

Travel Bloggers Share Their Travel Themed Home Decor

Travel Bloggers Share Their Travel Themed Room Decor

Until recently I thought a buffet was just somewhere you stuffed your face – not an item of furniture I’d spend endless time ‘styling’! Some of my favourite travel themed decor have pride of place here, including the Japanese Kimmidoll I bought on my first trip to Japan. I’m not sure if you’ve heard of Kimmidolls but each of the different characters has a symbolism, I think this one is meant to bring success!

Interestingly the print of Hosier Lane, Melbourne is something I won at a Visit Melbourne event years ago in London, who knew back then it would end up in my house in Melbourne!

I also love the Audrey Hepburn print as it was one of the first gifts Justin bought me when he was ‘wooing’ me. (Remember those days babe?!). Audrey has hung in our homes in Islington, Kilburn, Sydney and now Melbourne so she’s one well-travelled lady.

The little glass elephants were the favours at our Thai beach wedding. We bought them in Khao Lak as table decorations/gifts for guests and pocketed two for ourselves at the same time.

I’d love to know about the travel themed art and souvenirs that decorate your homes. Send me a pic on Twitter, FB, or Insta! Would you like a little tour of our new place? Let me know in the comments below and I’ll get snapping.

Thanks to all the bloggers who contributed to this piece and satisfied my curiosity. You’re legends.

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13 Comments

  1. September 26, 2017 / 8:31 am

    Thanks so much for including me in the round-up Jayne. Your kimmidoll is absolutely adorable & love seeing other bloggers’ homes – so stylish!

    • Jayne Gorman
      Author
      September 27, 2017 / 12:33 am

      Thank you for sharing your stylish cushions – I love the message behind them as well as your mum’s sewing skills haha

  2. September 26, 2017 / 11:00 am

    I love this post, Jayne! I always think it is really fun to have a bit of an invited snoop around someone’s one, especially when they talk about things purchased on their travels. I’d love a tour of your new place if you are willing to share!

    Like This Battered Suitcase, I also try to buy art while traveling. I’ve got a mask from Lithuania that I really love and am excited to see every day!

    • Jayne Gorman
      Author
      September 27, 2017 / 12:32 am

      Ooh the Lithuania mask sounds awesome! So glad you like the post, I wasn’t sure if it was just my nosey nature but lovely to hear others enjoy a peek inside too. I’ll have to do a follow up post when I’m back home.

  3. September 26, 2017 / 12:11 pm

    Great pot! Love seeing the interesting items people pick up around the world and hearing the stories behind them!

    • Jayne Gorman
      Author
      September 27, 2017 / 12:30 am

      Me too, glad you enjoyed it 🙂

  4. September 26, 2017 / 12:54 pm

    What a gorgeous idea for a post. I love having travel memories scattered around my house. It brings so much character.
    http://www.emmaphilpott.com

    • Jayne Gorman
      Author
      September 27, 2017 / 12:30 am

      So true, I love when people come over and you can tell them the stories behind the items.

  5. September 26, 2017 / 7:20 pm

    Oh Jayne, This is such a cute idea for a post. I love having a little nosy inside other people’s houses, and learning about why items are so special.
    I love collecting and framing art, maps, and i’ve even got a menu hung up in my bedroom.

    • Jayne Gorman
      Author
      September 27, 2017 / 12:29 am

      Oh I like the menu idea – I haven’t thought of this one before!

  6. Elaine
    September 27, 2017 / 12:12 pm

    I buy tea towels from different places I travel to. The nice ones I save for framing and the tacky ones make drying the dishes a lot more fun!

    • Jayne Gorman
      Author
      September 27, 2017 / 6:54 pm

      I love this idea! I need to buy more tacky tea towels 😀

  7. November 4, 2017 / 1:18 am

    I’m so nosy I love seeing inside people’s homes, such a great post! I love buying super cute postcards and then framing them.

    C x

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