As I’m sure you’re well aware by now, travel and interior design are two of my biggest passions—well, those and organizing, of course! Every year, my boyfriend and I aim to visit brand new places, and to buy trinkets from each place to forever remember them by.
Through all of our travels, I’ve collected quite a few treasures. From pottery and art to clothing and jewelry, so many pieces in my home were purchased while traveling. And while I love just about all of them, the below pieces are the ones that I know I’ll cherish for the rest of my life.
How stunning is this blanket from Oaxaca, Mexico? As soon as we saw this blanket in Onora Casa in Mexico City, I knew it had to come home with us. The soft color palette and intricate woven design caught my eye and I love thinking about where it could end up in our future home. From being folded along the edge of the bed to be draped over a sofa, this blanket will look perfect anywhere it’s placed.Also in Mexico City, we found this gorgeous hand-painted vase in El Mercado de la Ciudadela. Because I want this vase on display at all times and not just when it’s filled with flowers, I’ve found the perfect home for it atop cookbooks in our kitchen.Who could possibly say no to another stunning vase? That’s what I thought when I saw this gem in Koh Lanta, Thailand. We’ve been collecting blue and white sponge-wear pottery for a few years now (as you can see on our bookshelf here), so when we saw those same colors in this piece of Thai pottery, we instantly fell in love. As if it weren’t perfect enough on its own, I cannot get over how amazing it looks sitting right on top of Rebecca Atwood’s book. Last but certainly not least: the patterned pillow of my dreams, also from Thailand. Funnily enough, the fabric of this pillow was not complete when we bought it—the woman making it still needed to dye and color treat it. But we loved it just the way it was and decided to buy it right on the spot from her worktable. Even though we didn’t know exactly how we wanted to use the fabric (maybe a table runner or a wall textile), we knew we would find just the place as soon as we got home, and we were right.
P.S. Check out my blog posts on Mexico City and Thailand to find out even more about our trips.
Instagram has always been my #1 and I basically get giddy every time they roll out a new feature. Maybe it’s because social media marketing is my career, but I just love watching how Instagram evolves their platform and design.
Naturally, when Instagram rolled out their new collections feature, I couldn’t wait to learn more about it and how it would enrich my usage. In a short amount of time, this new addition has quickly become one of my favorite features of the social network—read on to find out why.
There was a period of time in which Pinterest was my most-frequented web destination. I found endless inspiration from the site and took great pride in curating my boards. While I still do turn to Pinterest for inspiration, particularly as it pertains to interior design, I’ve found Instagram’s collections feature to fill a lot of the same needs that Pinterest once did. I’m constantly stumbling upon beautiful photos as I scroll through my Instagram feed and at one point, I even had an album on my camera roll for all of my Instagram screenshots.
Now, however, there’s no need to screenshot because I can simply save beautiful images right within Instagram. After a few weeks of saving photos, I started to notice patterns amidst the content, and that’s how I landed on the following collection boards:
- San Francisco
- Tropical Vacations
I absolutely love that when I’m at the market, I can quickly open my Instagram app and navigate straight to my “recipes” board for some ideas. Similarly, when I’m staring at the contents of my closet and not seeing anything I like, I can open the “outfits” board for some much-needed inspiration.
Have you been using the collections feature? Let me know how you’re liking it below!
As someone who loves nothing more than crisp white bedding (as seen in my bedroom here), I’m actually really liking the look of a vintage quilt. I love the unexpected pop it creates, especially when placed at the foot of the bed.
I still don’t know if I’m ready to abandon my all white look, but I’m putting this one on my wish list regardless. Who knows, maybe it can be inspiration for a guest bedroom someday!
Photos from: Pinterest.
Back when I was decorating my apartment from scratch, I kept getting hung up because everything looked and felt so two-dimensional. It took me a while to figure out that a variety of textures in a home is what really brings it to life and makes it feel complete.
See what I mean via these beautiful photos below.
Photos from: Pinterest.
I’m having a major moment with butcher block countertops right now. There’s something about the casual vibe it creates, especially when paired with subway tile, that is super attractive to me. To top it all off (no pun intended, I love that you don’t have to be too precious with it since it actually looks pretty good with a bit of wear & tear.
P.S. Check out more of what’s on my wish list here.
I’m still trying to figure out how it’s already the middle of December and where time has gone (does anyone else feel like this year went by so fast?), but loving all of the holiday spirit around me. These photos are getting me so excited to head home in just a few days and celebrate the holidays surrounded by friends and family.
There’s just something about a home covered in ivy branches that makes me want to find an all-white home and plant ivy all around it immediately. Until that day, I’m making a mental note and keeping this on my wish list for my future home.
Photos from: Pinterest.