Travel inspired interiorsAug 04, 2011
Travelling inspires like nothing else I know, often times I visit a place and then start thinking I could actually live there. In Sydney last week running through the Botanical gardens by the harbour before meetings, mid winter but so much warmth in the sun I was hot within seconds I did my usual lets relocate plan. As happens every time I walk though Paris, Â probably one of the most romantic cities on earth where I shall be in a few weeks time Or NY with its crazy vibe (where and I havenât even got my head around it yet I shall be next Friday) dining at The Darby with a bit of luck! I guess the good thing about travel is how it takes us out of our box, opens doors and creates all sorts of opportunities and ideas. I think its one of the reasons I so favour eclectic interiors â pick something up from abroad and each time you look at it at home its like a mini-vacation. In Australia I saw beautiful hand woven blankets in soft buttery hues and lots and lots of natural textures going on. In Paris its all about vintage as well of course as a trip to the most beautiful store on earth called Merci where I pick up glass ware, note books, pencils and maybe the odd item of clothing. Never one to check any luggage in (drives the people I am travelling with crazy) I often times have to wrap blankets and cushions and god knows what else around myself in order to get it though as hand luggage. Not such a good plan I might add when having thought I had a non stop flight back to London from Sydney found myself in Bangkok late at night (an airport I hadnât planned on visiting again soon), in 100 degree heat with zillions of people, wrapped up like a mummy in throws! Should have stuck to art, books the odd ceramic to remind me of my instantly beloved trip. Having a home that looks and feels well travelled is a pretty cool home if you ask me, even if it half kills you bringing the stuff back. Overslept again this morning and in desperate need Â for my morning flat white at Violet with memories of Australia and all sorts of plans of going back there gently buzzing through my head. The images below are of a hotel in Palm Springs designed by Mr Jonathan Adler no less. He is a bit of a magpie when it comes to decorating mixing modern with far-flung vintage items sourced from all over the globe so a good example I felt. Photography by James Geer. A clubby old chesterfield hangs out on a Moroccan rug, with a 60's lamp - this space instantly shouts well traveled. Flea markets are a great way of giving your home a well traveled feel and much easier than trying to sling on a plane like moi!