6 Tips for Travel-Inspired Décor

I have a secret. When I don't want to do my work I escape by looking at real estate and hotels. It's kind of dangerous because it keeps me from doing my work, which is why I have to totally disconnect the internet when I'm writing a lot. Because I've been on vacation and am still working on my N.C. wine travel guide for #OutaboutNC, I have a guest post by Jennifer Riner of Zillow. Soon, Zillow will be interviewing me about my favorite things in Raleigh, N.C.and I'll be on its blog.  In the meantime, they are the experts on decor. I love Jennifer's ideas for travel-inspired decor. 

6 Tips for Travel-Inspired Décor

Wanderlust is the strong inclination to travel the world. The word originated in Germany in the early 20th century and has made its way to adventure seekers across the globe. You may have a strong case of wanderlust, especially during the summer season, but your budget or career limits how often you can explore new cities.

Even if you can’t physically visit new territory, you can incorporate cultural flair into your interior design. Check out these six options for travel-inspired home accessories.

6 Tips for Travel-Inspired Décor; Frame maps as artwork

1.      Framed Maps
Create some global flair in your home with large, framed maps. You can opt for color, sepia or black and white maps, depending on your current color scheme. If you have a strong color like yellow painted on the walls, go with black and white. A colorful map might make your already bright space look like a classroom.

Skimbaco Lifestyle curates this Big Apple print in its store.
Skimbaco Lifestyle curates this Big Apple print in its store. 

Printed maps like this make great travel-themed art.
Printed maps like this make great travel-themed art. 

2.      Travel Paper Collages
Even in today’s world of tech-based documents and electronic filing, traveling still comes with back-up hard copies of boarding passes, passports, identification papers, frequent flyer cards and baggage claim tickets. Rather than discard old or invalid papers, consider using them as design elements. Purchase a large corkboard and pin various documents in a slightly overlapping pattern. Then, hang behind a sofa or bed as a frequent reminder of your past trips.

3.      Repurposed Suitcases
Old, broken suitcases can be reused as storage pieces or décor statements at home. You can even use old suitcases outdoors as fun, garden-friendly planters. If you’re limited by space in an apartment, you might consider container gardening on the balcony as a way to exercise your green thumb without a yard. Suitcases are the perfect mediums for flowerbeds.

6 Tips for Travel-Inspired Décor; repurpose old suitcases

Inside the home, you can use the fronts of suitcases as wall shelving. You’ll need a table saw – which requires caution and some expertise – and some sturdy, square suitcases. Vintage travel trunks are filled with character and by simply adding legs you create an eclectic style coffee or end table. If you don’t have old, hard cases, try the nearest thrift store. No matter the project, don’t worry about luggage being in pristine condition. The more dings and scratches, the more memories each suitcase holds.

4.      Landmark Art
Plenty of design-savvy homeowners incorporate artwork featuring landmarks like the Eiffel Tower, Big Ben, the Great Pyramid of Giza and the Taj Mahal, depending on their favorite destination abroad. Why not incorporate more than one cultural landmark for an eclectic vibe? Just make sure that all photographs and prints have the same or complementary colors with similar framing. Otherwise, your artwork appears chaotic instead of worldly.

Prints that inspire travel decor
Add these city landmark prints to your own to inspire travel. 

art that inspires travel decor
These fashionable prints will have have your apartment chic in no time. 

5.      Book Tables
Novels and hardcovers are classic representations of various lands and languages. Instead of overfilling your bookshelves or adding clutter to your coffee table, stack books and use them as end tables on the sides of sofas or beds. Coffee table books aren’t inexpensive, so using your previously acquired literature is recommended. If you desire the stacked look but lack the inventory, make this a long-term project so you know what to seek out as souvenirs on your next trip.

6 Tips for Travel-Inspired Décor; Use books stacked for tables.

6.      Eastern Rugs
Persian, Moroccan and Oriental patterns are some of the most traditional ways of adding sophisticated character at home. When purchased in the U.S., authentic Middle Eastern and Asian carpets are considered rare and therefore come with higher price tags. The next time you are visiting a country specializing in handmade rugs, shop around the small boutiques and street vendors who likely sell them for far less than U.S. prices.

6 Tips for Travel-Inspired Décor; search for rugs in antique stores and small boutiques when traveling abroad.

Just because you can’t travel doesn’t mean you can’t be inspired by various cultures around the world. Spice up your interior style with travel-inspired décor whether you’re cramped into a small Raleigh apartment, visualizing your lifestyle while shopping for a home or settling back into your house after a month abroad. You’ll feel most at home when your interior design truly reflects your style.

Photos by Zillow.com, Great.ly.com and Amazon.com. 

Disclosure: This post does contain affiliate links where I receive compensation for purchases. 


Southern Beach Style: The HinesSightBlog Collection on Great.ly

We just got back from vacation at Topsail Beach, N.C.

Topsail Beach, N.C.

If you're new to the blog, I've been going to Topsail Beach with my husband's family for almost 15 years. We skipped a few years because of friends getting married from time to time, but we've been going to same beach house, Beach Place, Too, for 10 years straight. Here's my post from our 6th summer, the year I started my blog in 2011 and here's the post from 2013. We basically did the same things, even saw the same cat.

I captured the above photo on the rental's deck after a huge thunderstorm last week. I sipped a lot of N.C. wine. Yes, I'm still working on my N.C. wine story which I hope to have complete by next week, if not before.

We really don't do much while we are vacationing at Topsail, but that is what we love most about going there. I get out of my obligated travel writing mode, and just take personal photos of the kids and play around with social media once or twice a day. OK. I have a lot of accounts, so maybe three times a day.

We spend quality time with Will's family, and our kids are finally at an age where they are easier to take on vacation or at least on this type of vacation. Ask me how I feel after our  D.C. trip in July.

On this trip, the kids kept up with their older cousins easily, slept well, ate well, and behaved well. In fact, they basically showered themselves or showered with a cousin's assistance.  It really did seem like a vacation. They had a blast, too. We all did.

HinesSightBlog at Topsail Beach

I think Liza learned her new "peace" sign stance from her cousin who she adores.  This year, I wore a hat and almost returned as white as I was when I arrived. We kept umbrellas up all the time. That's OK. After Will's melanoma diagnosis and treatment, we are more cautious.

Shop Blogger Leigh Hines HinesSightBlog Collection on Great.ly

I'll be thinking of these wonderful family memories all summer, and that's why I think it is the perfect time to announce my new HinesSightBlog collection with great.ly. I was encouraged by Katja Presnal of Skimbaco Lifestyle to curate my own favorites from designers around the globe. There is also a Skimbaco Lifestyle store curated by Katja.  For the HinesSightBlog collection,  I've personally selected items that reflect my personal style. I've curated items from Southern designers as well as European designers.I have a coffee and tea shop as well as a cat section. Yes, I used to collect cat items from my travels before I got married and ran out of space. I've had a lot of fun with this project.

I've always been a fan of handmade jewelry, and wore handmade jewelry from little boutiques before it became fashionable. I'm very excited about my curated collection. A few pieces are have already been marked down this week as a Great.ly special. Definitely browse through all the categories.  In this blog post, I'm highlighting the "Southern Beach Days" pop-up shop.

My wine glass would have looked great with these coasters on the deck. In my boutique, you'll find red, orange, yellow, and blue. They are made by designer Chyrstal Simmons of Kansas City. Missouri. The blue and red together would be great for a 4th of July party.

https://great.ly/t/leighhines--Red Coasters. Perfect for Beach Style. HinesSightBlog Collection

Coasters on HinesSightBlog Collection https://great.ly/t/leighhines

I  also selected these linen patriotic cocktail napkins by LemonDaisy Design of Charlotte, N.C.  I have several items by LemonDaisy in the collection. I love the designer's work.

Shop with me.

HinesSight Blog Collection on Great.ly

Stay cool and try to beat the North Carolina humidity. 


Personal Notes: Good Things Are Going to Happen

Lately, I'm the queen of personal notes on this blog. I've got a lot of irons in the fire and little time to get it all written and posted. Skimbaco Lifestyle, where I'm a team member, has opened its own Skimbaco store, and this is one of the items  Katja Presnal has curated. Katja has great taste, and her European style is fabulous. I love this saying because I honestly believe it. I will be personally selecting my own items as well this summer for the HinesSight  Blog collection, and I look forward to sharing them with you at a later date.

I am currently working on an #OutaboutNC Yadkin Valley Wine Region guide. I took a trip to Surry County last month with a friend, and boy, I fell in love with the area. The entire area is an untapped jewel in N.C. I'm 46 years old and had never visited. My friend had never visited either and we are chomping at the bit to go back. It was great. I can't wait to share all the details with you. I posted this video on Instagram this week. Everyone is already talking about how I brought out my old "broadcast voice."
A video posted by Leigh Powell Hines (@hinessightblog) on

I drank two bottles of the Elkin Creek Vineyard Chardonnay (not at one time though) and it's only available for sale at the winery. I already miss it. I also really like Shelton Vineyard's Bin 17 Chardonnay. It can be found at Harris Teeter so I plan to take that to Topsail Beach this week so I can tell Will's family about how wonderful N.C wines are to drink.

I am not a wine expert, but the soil in this area rivals France, Washington, Oregon, and California so N.C. can produce some wines that compete with some of the best wine regions. In fact, the Umstead Hotel and Spa Sommelier Han Tran is hosting a wine class on June 25 where he will feature N.C. and Virginia wines. One of the wineries that he knows he will be featuring is Jones Van Drehle, which is a winery I visited and loved. I have a bottle of their Tempranillo that I've not yet opened. I am really proud of our N.C. wines and excited to see them receive recognition by luxury hotels that are known to feature the best.

In other news, I'm excited to report that Will's melanoma was easily contained and after removing the cancer, he can follow up with extensive dermatology appointments. We feel blessed. Thank you so much for the wonderful notes, and messages. It really helped us go through a time of uncertainty.

Also, we are proud of our little dancer. She had a great recital and now we're all in vacation mode. Topsail Beach is first on our list.

Keep up with me on the following social media channels. @LeighPHines, @HinesSightBlog and @OutaboutNC on Instagram. It's my social media of choice lately and where I spend the most time.

Happy summer!


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