The Best Travel Decor for Inspiring Your Wanderlust at Home
Bring your travels home with these home accessories.
The scariest moment of my life was upgrading my old iPhone to my new one without backing it up first. I held my breath until my iCloud synced, revealing my all of my treasured travel photos. OK, so maybe skydiving outside of Mexico City was a tad more terrifying but every wanderluster can relate: the photos we take on the road are precious. Though it was on its last leg, that iPhone made it to more than 25 countries with me as I traveled nonstop for 18 months, exploring on five continents.
Once I finally came back home and decided to relocate to Boston, I knew I wanted my new apartment to showcase the treasures I'd gathered abroad and feature images from my journey. But more than that, I wanted travel to be at the heart of my aesthetic, without going overboard cheesy.
In an effort to build a home — and still be reminded of my adventures — I searched the web high and low, looking for the right direction. What I found were these gorgeous pieces that bring the many wonders of the world to your zip code.
Wall Decor: Minted Custom Map Art Print
Maps make great art pieces, especially when they're personal to your home or travels. Thanks to Minted, you can create an entirely custom art print based on a specific address. You can choose between foil-pressed, letter-pressed, and standard printing, as well as a wide variety of colors to make this map fit your home's style.
To buy: minted.com, from $36
Photo Display: Brookstone PhotoShare Smart Frame
Is there anything worse than having to go through each of your photos, one by one, narrowing down which ones to print and frame in your home? Luckily, you won’t have to with this amazing digital frame that displays all of them. The frame can hold up to 5,000 photos, so you can share all your favorite vacation photos in HD clarity.
To buy: bedbathandbeyond.com, from $100 (originally $120)
Barware: Urban Map Glass
The best time to tell travel stories is when you’ve had a few rounds, since you’re more likely to tell the nitty-gritty, hilarious details — instead of saying your trip was “great!” Every time you trek to a new city, add a new etched rocks glass to your collection. That way when your pals come over, you can fire up the cocktails and make an easy segway into, “This one time, I was in Nashville…”
To buy: uncommongoods.com, $16
Art Books: ‘Gray Malin: Italy’
Though you may be pretty handy with your phone's Portrait mode — you’re not a professional photographer. If you want to show off where you’ve been or have a tangible book to flip through, consider investing in the work of masters. In travel photography, Gray Malin is a legend, especially for his photography series "La Dolce Vita" — or "the sweet life." Featuring the beaches and coasts of Cinque Terre, the Amalfi Coast and others, add this to your coffee table as a colorful statement piece.
To buy: target.com, $28
Wall Decor: Rifle Paper Co. London Map Art Print
It was your love of adventure that led you to seek new experiences across the globe. The more you traveled, the more you realized that home is less a place and more a feeling. Display your affinity for foreign cities with these playful art prints from Rifle Paper Co.
To buy: riflepaperco.com, from $24
Shelving: Ophelia & Co. Arnone Vintage Suitcase Wall Shelf
You like travel nowadays, but will always be inspired by the style of the PanAm era. Think: vintage luggage from the 1920s, and, of course, a hat box for the road. Show off your aesthetic with this faux vintage suitcase shelf that adds dimension and class to any room.
To buy: wayfair.com, $55 (originally $60)
World Globe: Red Barrel Studio Globe
Looking for a more modern iteration of a classic globe? The stylish gold base on this globe makes it a luxe piece of decor that will be sure to dress up your living room.
To buy: wayfair.com, $35
Poster: Vintage Airline Posters
There’s a certain charm to the advertisements airlines used in the 1940s-’70s. They’re often abstract and super colorful. You can track down originals online for anywhere from $100-$5,000, or you find replica or inspired prints on sites like Etsy.
To buy: etsy.com, from $22
Accessories: Clare V. for Anthropologie Maisonette Tray
These chic stainless steel trays painted with French phrases will bring a bit of Paris to your home, even if you're miles away. They're part of Clare V.'s travel-inspired collection at Anthropologie, which is full of beautiful home accessories that Francophiles will love.
To buy: anthropologie.com, from $22
Accessories: Rifle Paper Co. Wanderlust Embroidered Pillow
Dress up your sofa with a throw pillow embroidered inspired by travel. From the Eiffel Tower to palm trees, you'll be sure to find a travel landmark from around the globe that you love.
To buy: riflepaperco.com, from $50
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