So you’ve come back from your big trip and you want to surround yourself with artifacts and memories that remind you of your travels. Where do you begin? Souvenirs are the first thing that comes to mind – pottery, art work, wood carvings, sculptures, tapestries and whatever else you come across in local markets – they help add colour and life to your space. However, if you’re still working on your souvenir collection, here are some simple ideas that can help you create a travel-themed space without having to travel to the ends of the earth.
World map decal by Decowall
I love having maps in the home – whether it be a globe, an atlas, or a world map spread out across a wall – I think it adds a nice travel element to the environment, plus it keeps you planning and plotting where you’ll travel next. If you want to move away from standard maps and try something a bit more unusual, there are map decals, also known as map tattoos, that you can stick up on an accent wall. Who says maps can only be functional? They are super easy to use; all you have to do is peel, stick, and in most cases they are also reusable which means you can easily take them down and place them elsewhere in your home.
Airport code pillows via Airportag
Airportag is like a one-stop shop for all your wanderlust decorating ideas. I like everything in their store, but the one item that really jumped out at me are their airport code pillows. Not only are the pillows designed with fun and bright colours that really make a couch pop, but I love the idea of being able to surround yourself with your favourite cities via airport codes. They also have pillows with really fun quotes like “Of all the books in the world, the best stories are found between the pages of a passport” and “I’m a flight attendant. What’s your superpower?”.
City blueprints via MapHazardly
Etsy is a gold mine when it comes to artists producing travel-themed artifacts, and one that really stands out is MapHazardly. This Portland-based designer takes blueprints of cities around the world and turns them into art, which I know sounds a bit strange considering these are technical drawings, but really, have a look and see for yourself. I think these could look great as a stand alone piece or even as a series.
Photos into art with CanvasPop
Another fun way to bring your travel memories into the home is by printing photos from your travels. CanvasPop let’s you use images you’ve captured with your camera, but also photos that you shared on Instagram. You can turn these photos into canvases, triptychs, collages or even framed prints.
Bright watercolours by Miles of Happiness
Marie’s blog “Miles of Happiness” is one that I read regularly, but aside from blogging, she also happens to be an incredible artist! Marie works with watercolours and has a very unique style that’s filled with splashes of lime, lemon and orange. Whenever I see her work I immediately think of the tropics! She creates beautiful watercolour postcards which would brighten any wall, and she does custom work too.
Posters of airport codes via Airportag
So I know I already mentioned Airportag once before when talking about pillows, but another item that I really like from their store are their airport code posters. They have a really vast collection that’ll have you covered from Charles de Gaulle to Ezeiza, and Tegel to Keflavik. Their designs are simple yet colourful, and they make great accent pieces on any wall.
Stackable luggage by Deco 79
I also like the idea of stacked suitcases used as decor. For the crafty ones out there, there’s the option of picking up large vintage suitcases at a local flea market and then drilling them together to be used as a little side table or stand. However, if you’re not really into DIY, you can also purchase smaller stackable suitcases like these ones to add a little bit of travel to your shelf or bookcase. (The ones pictured here are definitely not intended for travel, just decor!)
Souvenirs from your travels
Lastly, let’s not forget the best item of them all – souvenirs from your own travels! I love browsing local markets whenever I travel somewhere new and I’ve discovered some great gems over the years. These range from Peruvian pottery and Romanian woodcarvings, to Korean face masks and sketches of South African wildlife. My collection is very eclectic to say the least, but I love to be reminded of my travels whenever I look at a particular item.
How would you create a travel-themed space in your home?
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I LOVE that map decal idea!! I have a paper map up right now, unframed. And it’s just not doing it’s job anymore. It keeps falling down! I wonder if my boyfriend will accept the decal as a replacement. Thank you for letting the world know about it! You’ve got a great list all around. 🙂
The nice thing about the decal is that most of them are reusable, so you can always take it down and stick it somewhere else if you want to change things up. 😉
Loving the city blue prints idea!!! Great list!
Me too! I like that it’s an unusual variation of your standard world map.
I NEED this world map decal o.o
Lisa – Joy Della Vita Travelblog
I have been looking for a deco wall map for a while; this is perfect! I just bought it! I did have to go to amazon.ca from your link and search the product code in order to purchase in Canada.
this things are so cool i love all of them
Ohhhh I’m so proud you featured my illustrations! I actually love your list. I’m looking forward to redecorate my apartment this year. I’ll steal you some ideas 🙂