Paul and I have temporarily unpacked our suitcases at home in Canada, and although we really miss travelling around the world it’s definitely nice to have a break for a few months! Seeing as we haven’t spent more than 2 months at home in the past two years I figured now would be a great time to show you how we bring our love for travel home. Here’s a look at the traveller at home:
In the kitchen…
The kitchen really is the heart of our home, so it’s no surprise that this room is filled with worldly treasures! From a handprinted clay bowl found in Portugal to a Murano glass wine bottle stopper from Italy – our kitchen is filled with stuff picked up along our travels.
Some of my favourite kitchen goods are the condiments I’ve purchased overseas – especially the balsamic glaze I bought in Rome and the decadent vanilla from Dominican Republic. Our fridge is where we display a few of our favourite travel pictures, along with a mosaic magnet from Spain.
In the living room…
My favourite piece in the living room is the antique-style globe sitting on the actual antique radio. The globe was picked up for less than $20 at Home Sense! You can always count on Home Sense to have a good selection of affordable globes in various colours and designs. Lately I’ve seen a lot of globes with hand painted travel quotes on them for over $100 on Etsy. If you’re feeling creative I’d recommend buying a globe from Home Sense and painting your own quote (use a stencil if necessary).
Our coffee table is also a hub of all kinds of travel literature. We switch up what books we leave out to keep things fresh, but they usually include colourful coffee table books, Louis Vuitton travel guides, the latest travel magazines and the occasional photo album.
In the bedroom..
Despite having a dedicated room used as a home office, I often find myself working from bed on my MacBook because this room is just way too comfortable. Our bed is topped with a faux fur throw and the most beautiful airport code pillow from Sarah Smile. I love the subtle touch of Barcelona we were able to add with this modern pillow! I’ve also got an awesome Toronto skyline decal added to my MacBook, because whether I’m home or abroad I love to represent ‘the six’. The decal came from Decal Guru and I love how high quality it is. These decals are really easy to remove, so I can also swap it out for a new city skyline (maybe Paris?) in a few months.
For art in our bedroom I have a painting of the Toronto skyline painted by yours truly. My “masterpiece” was created during a night of drinking and painting with Paint Nite. If you’ve never heard of Paint Nite you should definitely check it out – they have classes in countless cities, but the Toronto class where you paint the skyline is my fav! You’ll also spot a beautiful shell on my dresser. That shell is actually a lamp, and I purchased it at a cool shop on 5th Avenue in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. Right now it’s laying sideways on my dresser, but eventually I will turn it vertically and hang it from the ceiling.
In the office…
I’d love to say this beach-themed office is where I do most of my work, but the truth is I just find it way more comfortable to work off my laptop in bed! Must be a habit after nearly 2 years of working in bed at hotel room while we were abroad…. The office is decorated with framed beach pictures of my entire family and an awesome piece of (faux) coral I picked up at Target.
In the bar…
The best part of being home is having friends and family over! Paul’s a trained bartender so we’re always treated to amazing cocktails while we sit by the fireplace swapping travel stories. Not only do we always stock up on bottles of alcohol at duty free, but I also like to pick up shot glasses at airports while waiting for flights. Shot glasses are such a fun souvenir to bring home, and since they’re stored out of sight in our bar I don’t have to worry about them matching our home decor and I can go crazy with tons of fun colours and unique designs.
Most of my home decor items were unique finds I purchased while travelling, but a few products can be found online too! Here’s some links to help you shop:
- Airport Code Pillow from Sarah Smile website | instagram
- City Skyline MacBook Decal from Decal Guru website | facebook
- Shell Light from Maya Xel facebook
- Louis Vuitton Travel Guides website
- Paint Nite website | facebook [get $20 off with the code “toronto20”]
Product from Sarah Smile and Decal Guru were gifted to us, however our opinions remain our own.