Travel is a big part of my life, as it is for many.
I’ve travelled to a few countries in Asia, and just this past year we visited France, Switzerland and Italy. One of the highlights of my trips is seeing how other cultures decorate their spaces. Some may be French-inspired, with herringbone wood floors and beautiful wood-burning fireplaces with curvy stone mantles. Others are inspired by Spain with exposed wood ceilings, light walls and wood floors.
Travelling can do more than offer you a fresh perspective on how to decorate a room. By bringing some of that inspiration back home and letting it speak on the walls or shelves of your home, it can be almost magical – a portal back to the time and place where you first saw it.
Here are a few homes designed by Austin interior designers that transport me back to my adventures abroad.
“I never quite feel like a project is complete until you have
at least one thing in the room that has a story behind it.”
Interior designer Emily Seiders has travelled extensively to places like Mexico, Morocco, France and Switzerland, and she’s even studied abroad in Spain. Emily says that Spain has the strongest hold on her and influences her the most.
You can see the Spanish-influenced architecture of her home, but she also loves good quality Spanish antiques, tooled leather and gorgeous brass nail heads. “Travel is a big part of my life and inherently so, a big part of my projects. I never quite feel like a project is complete until you have at least one thing in the room that has a story behind it,” she says.
“[I love] Paris for its sophistication, elegance and avant garde design, and Istanbul for its culture.”
Interior designer Elizabeth Stanley says she loves “Paris for its sophistication, elegance and avant garde design, and Istanbul for its culture.” You can see some Spanish and French elements in her designs: for example, the lines of the fireplace and the herringbone light wood floors are French, where the exposed wood and some of the furniture read Spanish. The architect of Elizabeth’s home is Ryan Street, who has spent time in Spain for both work and pleasure. You can see his appreciation of Spanish architecture in a lot of his work.
“One of my favorite destinations is Paris, France. The city’s rich history and ornate classical architecture are like no other.”
Interior designer Amanda Stephenson was contracted to give an overall Mediterranean and Spanish
feel to this home. The look was created through the use of authentic antique Spanish tile accents, dark wood Moorish-influenced mirrors and vanity, and a sumptuous color palette of terracotta, rich wood, black and cream.