I find travel to be one of the most influential ways to learn about different cultures, try new foods and impact your overall style. I grew up in a small town in New Hampshire and if my parents didn’t take us on trips or encourage me to explore the world, I would probably not be a designer. Exploring gave me the ability to be creative. Here are a few ways travel has pushed me in design.
My favorite rooms are ones that are not defined by one style or location. Mix rugs from turkey, furniture from Sweden and art from Italy to give that curated look.
Why else would everyone love visiting Rainbow Row in Charleston or La Boca in Argentina? Those buildings have had bold, bright colors for a long time and no one’s getting sick of them.
I will always love quintessential New England homes from my upbringing, but with an indoor/outdoor feel like the islands. Don’t feel limited to choose just one architectural style.
Art Has No Limits
Use it in unusual placed. Think Sistine Chapel. Even in the 1500’s art had no limitations.
Probably one of the biggest influences to me is seeing how art is grouped, tables are set and vignettes are arranged.
Whether its the rushing water at Iguazu Falls or the Mountains in Vancouver, nature is all around us and influencing decor through textures, art, furniture and decor.