Travel inspired interiors

Travel inspired home interiors and home decor DIY tips

We all have those treasured travel pieces that we carefully packed into our luggage to bring home, only to find that we don’t know what to do with them. See our travel inspired interiors for ideas how to blend them into your home decor.

Travel inspired home interiors and home decor DIY travel tips

Transform a simple white scheme by adding ethnic prints. This interior is lifted by simple black and white themed prints and the addition of a few pieces of raw wood accessories.

Travel inspired home interiors and home decor DIY travel tips

Display handcrafted artefacts against a simple, crisp white background. Group tribal, ethnic materials to create this out-of-Africa vibe.

 

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A bohemian styled interior is given the travelled look with the addition of raw wood, weathered iron and tribal prints. Think Turkish delight.

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Create a display of treasured travel objects, or group your favourite travel photographs to make a statement wall display.

Travel inspired home interiors how to display travel photos at home

Travel inspired home interiors - Greek blue & white kitchen tiles inspirationA cool mix of blue and white will add a Greek island vibe. Greek homes traditionally use blue and white both indoors and outdoors. A simple way to create a laid back island vibe.

Celebrating Diversity


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With so much ignorance and anger in the world today, we want to take a moment to appreciate & celebrate cultural diversity and our own individual uniqueness, heritage and journey through life. In the words of Michelle Obama “When they go low…we go high”

Faces of the World Photograph by Salvatore Gebbia
Photograph by Salvatore Gebbia
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Photograph by Steve McCurry

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Afghan girl photo credit : D Stewart
Afghan girl photo credit: D Stewart

 

 Alphabet Lifestyle Faces of the World Photograph Bronia Rosenbaum, from Survivor: A portrait of the survivors of the Holocaust © Harry Borden
Bronia Rosenbaum, from Survivor: A portrait of the survivors of the Holocaust © Harry Borden

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Daphne Selfe photo credit:Guardian
Daphne Selfe photo credit: Guardian
 Alphabet Lifestyle Faces of the World Photograph by Amir Fallah
Photograph by Amir Fallah
Alphabet Lifestyle Faces of the World Photograph
Indigenous Bushman, Namibia by Martin Harvey
Alphabet Lifestyle Faces of the World Photograph by Carol Guzy
Photograph by Carol Guzy
Alphabet Lifestyle Faces of the World Photograph by Alan Sharpio
Photograph by Alan Sharpio
Alphabet Lifestyle Faces of the World Photograph by Arun Titan
Photograph by Arun Titan
Alphabet Lifestyle Faces of the World Photograph by Ricardo Moraes
A Kayapo girl with traditional body paintings and hair cut in Sao Felix, northern Brazil – Photo by Ricardo Moraes
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Portrait of a Himalayan woman Source: unknown
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Get The Look : Green with envy


Green symbolises renewal, growth and hope. Green is the colour of spring, a time when life is revived, it represents a sense of well-being, harmony and balance. Be inspired by these home decorating ideas & tips to refresh your room with the colour of nature and serenity.

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Add rich tones of green using sumptuous velvet textures. Make the most of the natural light sources and place a plant by the window to create balance and harmony.

Interior design green room decorating ideas
Green velvet and dramatic art work well together to create a dramatic statement against a crisp, fresh white background.
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…or paint a statement wall.

 Interior design green room decorating ideas

Opt for darker hues of green for a dramatic and moody interior. Don’t be afraid of the dark; dark spaces can be warm and welcoming, very relaxing.

Green works well with other dark colours, try pairing with shades of petrol blue or slate grey.

 Interior design green room decorating ideas
Connect with nature. Bring the outdoors inside with the addition of green plants to a room.

Interior design green room decorating ideas

Don’t hesitate, get creative. If you don’t love it, it’s pretty easy and cheap to repaint a statement wall. But we do recommend that you live with it for a few days. It’s surprising how things can grow on you.

Interior design green room decorating ideas
Green is the new black.
Interior design green room decorating ideas
Create a plant haven. Note the subtle green sofa, so delicate.

Interior design green room decorating ideas

Green works in the bedroom because of its calming natures. Try raw, natural shades of green, linked with the outdoors. It will bring a sense of relaxation to your space and leave you feeling fresh and revived.
 Interior design green room decorating ideas

Be modern and brave. Choose a vibrant addition to your room. This sofa adds a zing of colour to a simple scheme.

 Interior design green room decorating ideas and tips Not feeling quite so brave? Well then, choose green accessories for a modern feel. We are craving this modern green bubble light.

Interior design green room decorating ideas and furniture

…..and who wouldn’t just love to add this aged dresser to their hallway.

What do you think? Let us know.

Small Apartment Top Tips: No wardrobe, No worries!

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Are you struggling to find space for a wardrobe?  These inspirational clothes storage ideas make us want to throw out our wardrobes and make our clothes and accessories part of the room decor. Very on trend. What do you think?

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Langkawi, Malaysia


Who wouldn’t be excited to spend the New Year holiday in Langkawi with family? Langkawi lies amidst over 100 mountain islands just off the coast of mainland Malaysia. The interior of the main island is a fusion of paddy fields and jungle-clad hills. Despite attracting luxurious 5star hotels, the island has managed to maintain an idyllic rural Malaysian island vibe.

Getting there…

We travelled from Dubai to Kuala Lumpur, spending two incredible nights visiting street markets and temples such as the Batu Caves – an iconic Hindu temple and shrine.

Batu Caves, Kuala Lumpur
Batu Caves, Kuala Lumpur
Jalan Alor Street Food Market
Try the street food at Jalan Alor street markets

Langkawi is just a short 2hr flight from KL. An alternative route is via Thailand. Ferris, from as little as £20 sail from KohLipe Koh Lanta and some of the other southern islands of Thailand.Langkawi

Langkawi…

Waking up on our first morning to beautiful white sandy beaches, it was hard to drag ourselves away, so Day 1 was spent literally lounging around.

The Datai Bay, Langkawi
The Datai Bay, Langkawi

Feeling rested, we visited local shops, restaurants, craft stalls and our favourite night market in Pantai Cenang.

Langkawi night market

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Visit Cenang for local food, cheap massages, reflexology and local gifts to bring home.

Langkawi night market food

Most of the beach front hotels collect their fish deliveries every morning from local fishermen. We were able to pick our fish straight from the boat and book our table from the beach.

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Try the fresh fish at the seafront Jala restaurant within The Andaman hotel
Local fishermen delivering food to The Andaman hotel
Local fishermen delivering food to The Andaman hotel

A not to be missed attraction is the Langkawi SkyBridge; the longest free-span and curved bridge in the world!  The SkyBridge can be accessed via a cable car ride 2.2km up to the Mount Machinchang escarpment to the summit at 708 metres above sea level to see the incredible views of the island and UNESCO Geopark.

Cable car to the Langkawi SkyBridge
Breathtaking views of 550 million-year-old sandstone outcrops, waterfalls and Langkawi’s rainforest – one of the oldest jungles in the world.

Langkawi skybridge cable car views

Skybridge - Langkawi

Explore some of the beautiful beaches. We recommend visiting the Tanjung Rhu beach located in the north of the island and our the idyllic beach at the Datai Bay with white sands and crystal clear waters.  Take lunch at the Andaman Hotel or The Datai and visit the Geo Spa at the Four Seasons hotel on Tanjung Rhu.

The Datai Bay beach
The Datai bay beach
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Four Seasons spa

If you are looking for activity and water sports then head to Chenang Beach where you can find all the usual water sports, including a jet ski adventure that takes you through some of the island caves, mangroves, eagle feeding and dophin spotting. The only way to see some of these cast away beaches is by jetski or boat, so you really need to book on a local trip and go see.

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Play golf at the The Els Club Teluk Datai, arguably one of the best courses in Malaysia. We had to chase monkeys from the greens before putting out, and a friendly dog kindly chased off a monitor lizard from the fairway! Where else can you find animal adventures on a golf coast?!

Monkey Langkawi Els Golf Club

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Penthouse Architecture: Ian Simpson

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This week we’re coveting renowned architect Ian Simpson’s amazing Manchester Penthouse, set on the 47th floor of the Beetham Tower.

Designed by Simpson himself, the 2 storey apartment complex covers the top 2 floors of this incredible Manchester landmark and boasts an amazing olive garden consisting of 30 spectacular trees and a 23-foot tall garden. It really is an incredible home!

Let us know what you think below.

Get The Look: 10 ways to style a tan leather sofa


Whether you’re loving a cool and modern look or a bohemian eclectic look, the tan leather sofa is making a big statement. If I had to choose my one time favourite home essential it would be this timeless piece of furniture. A great investment piece, it will see you through many years And through different style changes. There’s something warm and comforting about an aged leather sofa. It manages to be sleek and stylish while there’s still something warm and comforting about its timeless elegance.  And what’s more, you can relax with the knowledge that it’s only going to get better with age.

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Tan leather sofa home interiors

Add large artwork, grey walls and a handcrafted rug to create drama

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Sleek, timeless and stylish!

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Pair a classic Chesterfield design with neutral accessories for a modern look.

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Tan leather sofa black and white artwork

…Or create contrast with black and white images.

You don’t want to invest in a new sofa? Easy – simply update your room by adding a classic accessory in tan leather or try a footstool…

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…or a modern leather chair.

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Introduce vintage accessories for a bohemian vibe, or mix dark colours and luxe fabrics to create a rich elegant look.

Interior design ideas tan leather sofa

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Create a meditation space


It takes only a few basic elements to create a peaceful zen space for yoga, meditating and relaxation.

Find a quiet space, add comfortable cushions or a yoga mat, candles, a source of natural light and ideally, a collection of your favourite things to focus your mind. Experiment with scents and essential oils, personally, I like to burn sage or incense. Add ambient sounds, download the sounds of flowing water or relaxing music and include natural elements like pebbles, small rocks, flowers and plants.

The space doesn’t need to be lavish, keep out the clutter and keep it simple. Design the space to meet your own particular needs and create a sanctuary.

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5 steps to Feng Shui your bedroom


Let’s keep the chi flowing and deflect negative energy from our bedrooms.

  1. Consider the positioning of your bed. Try to position the bed with space around it, away from the door and preferably not along a wall allowing space either side but ideally with the headboard against a wall. Your bed should be approachable from both sides.

Allow the Chi to circulate.

Steps to Feng Shui your bedroom home interiors

2. Carefully consider the colours. Get to know the Feng Shui colour wheel.

Earth tones will bring nourishment, protection and stability into your life. Feng shui earth tones include light yellow, creams, green and beige.

‘Metal’ colours bring the qualities of precision, clarity and efficiency. Element colours include grey and white.

Pastel colours are believed to add peace, calm and restfulness. Consider decorating with light blue and pale pink.

Steps to Feng Shui your bedroom home interiors

The Feng Shui colour wheel Steps to Feng Shui your bedroom home interiors
The Feng Shui colour wheel

Add a strong fire colour element for passion and energy. The Feng Shui fire elements include red, orange and purple.

Steps to Feng Shui your bedroom home interiors

3. Lighting: Avoid brash lighting or ceiling lighting over your bed.

Instead, place side tables and lamps either side of the bed, remember, according to Feng Shui, decorating with pairs will create intimacy. Ideally create soft lighting with candles, giving the room a warm glow and bringing Feng shui fire elements into the bedroom.

Steps to Feng Shui your bedroom home interiors
Allow as much natural light as you can into the bedroom and open the windows regularly, refreshing the air. You may be surprised to hear that often the indoor pollution is worse than that outdoors.

Steps to Feng Shui your bedroom home interiors

Using the right placement of mirrors can bring energy to the space and create more light. Natural light will revive the energy in your room.

Steps to Feng Shui your bedroom home interiors
4. Create a peaceful meditation space. See blog post (how to create a meditation space).

Steps to Feng Shui your bedroom home interiors

5.  And finally, get rid of any clutter and remove the gadgets!

TVs, computers and electronic equipment don’t belong in the bedroom. After all, we’re trying to create a room where we can rest and relax.

Steps to Feng Shui your bedroom home interiors

What are your tips for a feng shui bedroom? Let us know below.