As you will well know if you have been reading my blog for a while – I love to travel! Along with fashion it is one of my favorite things. Before starting university I took a year out with my best friends and traveled South America, Australia and part of Asia. During summer breaks at university I traveled to Morocco and more of South East Asia and I also studied in Italy. All of these experiences have been incredible and have shaped who I am as a person and I feel really lucky to have already experienced so much in my life.
Now I live in Milan, Italy – where I moved nearly three years ago. This experience is a little different from my other travels because I am based in one place and hold down a normal (ish) job. I still have the adventure of traveling but I am also building a life and a home here and developing my career. As much as I like to find excitement in taking trips and visiting new places I also love how much I feel at home in Milan. And I love the beautiful apartment that we live in and are redecorating to make our own.
Maybe we wont be here forever, we might move back to England or move to somewhere completely new, but the more I travel the more I believe it’s important to have somewhere that feels like home to come back to. Somewhere that leaves me feeling balanced and relaxed and where I can recharge before my next big adventure. So in today’s post I want to share with you five tips for creating a home when you love to travel…
Display Photos & Souvenirs taken from your Adventures. These will serve as visual reminders of all the amazing adventures you have already had and make your home feel rich with memories.
Buy Cushions, Throws & Fabrics on your Travels to Decorate your House. Whenever I travel to a new place I always look for traditional, ethnic fabrics to buy and place around my house. We have cushions on our sofa from Sri Lanka and throws on the beds from Costa Rica. We mixed these with more minimal, neutral items to create colorful focus pieces that remind us of our travels.
Bring the Things from Home you Care About. Moving to another country normally involves cramming everything you own into one suitcase and means anything ‘non-essential’ needs to be left behind. But try to make room for a few of the things you really care about – like old photographs, letters from friends or jewellery & trinkets from family. Having these things close to hand in your new space will make you feel comforted and create a feeling of being home.
Include Some Inspiration. Think about what you dream of achieving in your life and fill your home with items that align with that. My home is filled with travel guides and maps to plan my next adventures and photography & fashion books so I can always find inspiration close by.
Fill your Home with Love & Happiness. Don’t just see your house as a go-to base in between trips or as somewhere you are only staying for the duration of your trip. Fill your home with love & happiness and create positive memories there too. Play music, cook tasty food, burn beautiful smelling candles, buy fresh flowers and invite friends over for dinners and parties. All these things will bring life and love into your home so your adventures continue even when you are not traveling.
(all photos taken from pinterest.com)