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Hottest Fireplace Trend: Tile

Aug 01, 2022

The memories you will make around your fireplace with loved ones are special, unique, and everlasting. Make sure your fireplace design is equally so. Ditch the classic fireplace look and consider tile. This versatile material can be a game changer in transforming and freshening up your fireplace. With a beautiful tile fireplace, you’ll be tempted to light a fire even in the height of summer. Let’s take a deeper dive into exploring fireplace tile.

Choosing the type of tile to use for your fireplace is not an in-the-heat-of-the-moment decision. First, you’ll need to consider the different components of a fireplace where you can install tile.

  • The firebox is the most important part of a fireplace; after all, it is where the fire itself takes place.
  • The hearth is the floor area that is positioned in front of the firebox on the floor.
  • The surround is comprised of everything else that surrounds the firebox, hence its name. This also includes the mantel.

tile fireplace design

Once that’s settled, you’ll need to decide on the type of tile you want. There are three main types of tile: porcelain, stone, and ceramic.

  1. Porcelain tile is extremely popular and comes in a large variety of colors and patterns, guaranteeing that there is an option that’ll work with your home. It’s durable, easy to clean, and has a great track record of withstanding high temperatures.
  2. Stone tile can give you that traditional look but in a new, exciting way. This durable, easy to clean, and heat-resistant option includes natural stones like marble and granite, which can give your fireplace a classic, elevated vibe.
  3. Ceramic tile is another great option. However, you’ll need to make sure to get a thick slab, as it can crack under the heat of the flames. That being said, if you’re able to buy a thicker slab, it’s easy to clean and comes in a large variety of colors and patterns.

Now it’s time for the fun part—choosing your fireplace tile look! Here are five tile trends to consider for your fireplace that won’t burn a hole in your wallet. 

fireplace design trends

1. Contrasting Color Tile/Grout

Using both black and white tile and grout is a great way to make your fireplace a statement piece in your home. This is a classic look that stands out while not overpowering the room. Another popular contrasting color option is blue and white—if it fits the existing color scheme of the room. Additionally (and especially if you go with the contrasting grout option), you can get uniquely shaped and sized tiles that will diversify your fireplace look and feel.  

2. All-White Tile

This seemingly neutral option is anything but. This sleek look can give off a variety of vibes. For example, you can opt for the NYC subway feel when you choose glossy, rectangular-shaped tile and white grout. Or go more modern with a white penny-tile design or another micro-tile shape. If modern doesn’t appeal to your taste, no worries; embrace the vintage look of traditional white tile squares. Needless to say, there are quite a few options when it comes to all-white tile, all of which have the potential to look fabulous in your home. 

3. Bold Color

An obvious solution to having a standout fireplace is to go with not only a unique material but also a bold color. Consider colors such as royal blue, emerald, or a deep shade of purple. You’ll want to be aware of where the color will pull your eyes when you first enter the room and how it will compete with or complement other colors in the space.

4. Patterned Tile

Mosaic tiles are a gorgeous option for your fireplace. They also can add more depth and texture to your room. If you go with a super-loud print, we recommend using bigger slabs of tile, so there is less breakup in the print. If you want to do something simpler than that, go with colorful, smaller-sized tiles. Some popular patterned tile designs include chevron, star prints, and decorative. 

5. Stone Tile

This durable option has so much variety. From natural stone types, like granite and marble, to more unknown kinds like red herringbone, you can make it look as regular or as rugged as you desire by choosing the right shape. You can opt for bigger circular stones to add a layered texture or stick with smooth stones for a more modern look.

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No matter what type of tile you go with, installing tile for your fireplace is not going to be a quick, afternoon DIY project. Consult with an expert to make sure it’s done right so you can lovingly gaze at your fireplace tile for years to come. Contact us and find your local Flooring America to ensure that your fireplace renovation goes smoothly.

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What is cottage style design?

Aug 01, 2022

Photography by Gillian Jackson

Written by Laura Hay  

The cottage is the epitome of a “great escape.” It’s become the North American dream: a getaway from the everyday, a retreat to relaxation and recreation, and a return to nature and a simpler way of life. It’s a place to unplug, unwind, and put your feet up. Oftentimes, that wooded, waterfront, or countryside haven is miles from home. But what if your great escape is in the urban jungle? 

Leave your worries at the door. You too can achieve sweet serenity with cottage house plans, regardless of your physical location. Whether you’re building a brand-new home, renovating an existing one, or redecorating a room, here are some of my favorite ways to bring that coveted cottage lifestyle a little closer to home. 

Country Cottage Materials 

Materials are an effective way of expressing this distinctive style. In this case, I like using cottage-inspired elements that come directly from nature, such as natural wood, raw stone, and organic textiles like linen, cotton, and wool. These materials often evoke strong emotions that draw many to this decorating style—namely feelings of being cozy, relaxed, comfortable, and welcomed. 

Wood floors are a common characteristic of cottage style homes—informal and perfectly imperfect. Conveying a message of “No, don’t take your shoes off—just come on in,” wood floors seem to beckon to arriving residents and guests. All it takes is a sweep and occasional polish to bring them back to their original glory. You can amp up the rustic casual aesthetic charm by selecting a wide plank floor. Reclaimed species like hemlock and pine are beautiful. For new solid and engineered hardwood, European white oak is my top choice for its consistent grain and coloring, plus its wide range of stain options.

country cottage materialsPhotography by Gillian Jackson

Beadboard or shiplap wood panelling are common finishing options for cottage style walls and ceilings. To avoid being swallowed up by a uniform wood finish, which can leave you feeling closed in, consider painting the shiplap or beadboard in a fresh hue that complements the natural wood in the space. Washed wood can also be incorporated to create a cozy, cabin-inspired look and feel.  

TIP: Wood furniture is the obvious choice for a cottage-style home, solidifying a relationship to nature and suggesting warmth and history through every dent and ding, which are not only accepted but welcomed. However, it’s not the only option. Achieve an eclectic, “collected” vibe by incorporating a few painted pieces, whether metal or glass.  

What are the elements of cottage décor?

Yes, decor is less of an investment than built-in items, but don’t discount its power or value. Accessories, art, accents—it’s these seemingly small, individual elements that combine to achieve a greater whole and the carefully considered cottage vibe that, if done right, comes off as completely carefree. 

cottage decór elementsPhotography by Gillian Jackson

Having many cottage house designs under my belt, I can attest that a coat of paint can go a long way. When designing cottages (whether actual ones or homes inspired by them), I often complement the space by choosing organic materials with a nature-inspired color palette. Whites, off-whites, and soft creams are the perfect base for that relaxed, rustic style that’s so popular. And with new trending hues for 2022, the move toward gentle green tones seems practically tailored to this cottage aesthetic—a perfect color to solidify one’s connection to nature. 

Underfoot, rugs bring warmth to bare feet and to the broader mood in the home. Source a vintage, “second-life” rug; a fun braided style; or a flat-weave. Even very traditional styles featured in casual settings can gain new life and renewed appreciation. 

Last but not least, try incorporating some “authentic” or fun accents to underpin the “cottage” vibe and look. For example, find a vintage painting or a pair of antique skis or snowshoes to mount above the fireplace. Throw blankets, baskets, and unusual found objects or antiques are all wonderful additions. Use them to highlight focal points in the space, such as a window, fireplace, or entertaining area.  

Focal Points in Cottage Houses

Although every home is different, many share two common focal points: the fireplace and the kitchen. But not all fireplaces and kitchens are created equal, and yours may need to be “country-fied” to suit your intended country cottage aesthetic.  

Even in an urban setting, you can enhance a home’s cabin appeal by focusing some attention on the fireplace. Start by upgrading the unit itself. Depending on your budget and inclination to redecorate or renovate, you can replace your fireplace or give your existing one a fresh coat of paint and perhaps a new mantle in a warm wood finish Then, bring focus to your new fireplace by positioning your furniture around it. Highlight it with dedicated lighting or a great piece of art. 

cottage house focal pointsPhotography by Gillian Jackson

The kitchen is another common focal point in many homes, particularly in small cottages designed for socializing and entertaining family and friends. Ensure the kitchen maintains a consistent atmosphere in line with the rest of the home, particularly if it is open to the main living and dining area. Thankfully, there are plenty of opportunities to put natural materials front and center. 

We’ve already discussed hardwood flooring in the cottage, but it’s worth mentioning again specifically in the kitchen. Run continuous hardwood floors through the entire home, including the kitchen. Doing this blurs the boundary between living areas and kitchen, making the entire space look larger and feel more cohesive.  

Complement your wood floor with wood cabinets and an organic backsplash, such as natural stone tile or, if you’re aiming for “cottage chic” (stress on chic), marble. Then draw the eye upward with open wood shelves that enhance the kitchen’s function and style. Use these to store your frequently used cooking essentials so they’re easily on hand or reserve these prime spots for a few thoughtfully chosen decorative items, such as handmade pottery and live plants. 

cottage chic marblePhotography by Stephani Buchman

Cottage chic may be an overused term, but there’s a good reason people keep drifting toward this look, whether at their recreational property or principal residence. Much like the cottage lifestyle that inspires it, this decorating style is casual, comfortable, and carefree—and, in most cases, anything goes. At the end of the day, have fun and incorporate the materials, finishes, and pieces that inspire you to kick back and enjoy life. After all, this is meant to be your “great escape” from the daily grind and the stresses that come with it.  

With some inspiration, aspiration, and design planning and strategy, you too can enjoy that beloved lakefront vibe regardless of your physical geography.  

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Coastal Rugs and Carpets

Jul 25, 2022

Airy, light, and beautiful, interiors designed to mimic the ocean and coastal landscapes bring a calming atmosphere to any home. There’s nothing quite like a trip to the beach full of fun and sunshine, so why not bring some of those colorful memories home with you in your interior design? Take your inspiration from the blue coastal waters and the warm sunshine to create the ultimate oasis that is both comfortable and soothing.  

Coastal-inspired design is known for its laid-back, chic look. It allows you to take the ambiance of a beautiful seaside retreat and bring it into your home through colors, textures, patterns, and designs. Neutral colors form the basis for this style with the occasional pop of a vibrant hue. Use this design style to bring comfort to your home that will always remind you of your most cherished summer moments.   

Cozy carpets are a staple for any home with their design versatility and built-in comfort. And, what better way to bring the peace and tranquility of coastal waters to your home than by installing the most comfortable type of flooring? Even adding an area rug to your living room or bedroom can accent your decor with luxurious texture or bold patterns. Carpets and area rugs are the coziest of flooring types, offering natural cushiness that brings a sense of serenity to your home.  

What Is the Softest Carpet Pile?

soft carpet pile

Underspin Plus in Gentle Touch by Tigressa

When you go on vacation to your favorite beach, you expect to be able to relax and have a good time. Why not bring that feeling home with you? The first step in creating a laid-back living space is to incorporate elements that offer comfort. You can do this by starting from the ground up and building a simple foundation. When you want to bring the sun-warmed sands into your space, consider starting with a beautiful new carpet. To create an informal, casual look with your carpet, you’ll want to consider pile cut carpet in nylon, wool or polyester. You can do this by installing carpeting that offers a longer cut pile, such as a frieze carpet. Carpeting that is plush and textured can look as if it’s emulating natural patterns like waves in the water or grooves in the sand, while also giving you that soft feeling to sink your feet into.  

Coastal Area Rugs 

coastal area rugsSantana Collection by Kaleen

Area rugs create another layer of color and texture in your home, and there are so many types to choose from! From colorful coastal rugs to accent runners and entryway rugs, you can’t go wrong. Before selecting which area rug you want in your space, it is important to determine what size the rug should be. Consider the size of your space, the foot traffic in that space, and what type of activities will be taking place in the space where you’re planning to install the area rug. Whether you’re looking for an area rug for your bedroom, hallway, living room, or foyer, the selection is endless.

Infusing Coastal Blue and Golden Hues

infuse coastal blue & golden huesPrismatic Grey/Seafoam by Nourison

When you choose the right color carpet or area rug, you elevate the aesthetic of your whole space. When it comes to a coastal-themed color palette, choose calming hues inspired by sunny days spent at the shore so you can obtain that beachy feeling. Traditionally, soft beachy blues, deep sea navies, and warm sandy taupes have been used in many coastal designs.

If you are looking for a bolder approach, don’t be afraid to add a pop of color. For example, if the color scheme in your home has mostly neutral colors, break them up by including a yellow or golden area rug in your space. This will add some color and brighten up your room! Other color choices that match the coastal theme are crisp white, seafoam green, coral pink, and turquoise blue. Regardless of your choice, the best color palette for beach-like flooring is typically light and calming with neutral tones and just a touch of darker hues.   

Accenting with Patterns and Textures

patterns & textures accentsMoonlight in Reflection by Tigressa Cherish

Incorporating patterns and textures in your decorating scheme doesn’t have to be intimidating. Generally, when layering patterns and textures, it is best to combine prints that are different colors or scales. Ideally, in most design spaces, the most prominent pattern in the room is typically an area rug that helps set the tone for the rest of the space and adds a layer of either a complementary or a contrasting pattern.  

Because being at the beach is all about feeling the sand between your toes, it is important to consider the sensations you experience at the beach and try to apply them to the textures or patterns you add to your space. Bringing in bits of natural beauty can help you conceptualize a beach aesthetic in your home. For textures, consider woven area rugs made with natural fibers such as jute, sisal, cotton, and linen. Natural fibers will help create a beachier feel. For patterns, be sure to find textural ones that are visually appealing and bring your space to life. Nautical rugs with motifs like anchors, boats, waves, or palm fronds can be just the touch of texture your interior needs. If you’re looking for something simpler or more subtle, consider stripes or chevron patterns in cheerful colors.  

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Got tile? Get grout!

Jul 15, 2022

You’re almost there. You’re so close to having your dream tile installed, but there’s still one decision left. What color grout should you get? 

In case you’re unfamiliar, grout is used with tile to fill the gaps between them. It’s a mixture of water, cement, and sand. This reinforces the flooring itself while also giving you a sleek design. No matter what kind of tile you have, you will need to install grout with it to ensure that your floors look perfect and last longer. Learn more about installing tiles, and the significant role grout plays.

There are four main types of grout:

  • Sanded: As the most popular grout used in homes, it stands up to daily wear and tear.
  • Unsanded: Found typically in bathrooms, this grout is frequently used for thinner joints that need to be filled.
  • Furan: Unlike typical grout, furan is mixed with alcohol instead of water. It is often used in more industrial spaces as it is resistant to wear and tear, scratches, stains, and chemicals.
  • Epoxy: This is the most expensive kind of grout, but for that extra cost, you get the most durable stuff out there. It is mostly used in wet areas like showers because it won’t degrade over time and can even withstand harsh weather conditions if you have it outside.

While it is important to choose a grout that will work best with your tile, many of these grout options come in a large variety of colors, so you can be sure to find the perfect grout out there for you and your home. Here are some color factors to consider.

matching grout to tile

Matching grout to your tile

This may seem like the ideal option, especially if you’re in love with your tile and don’t want to attract attention to anything else. However, this is hard to achieve for numerous reasons:

  1. Finding an exact match can be a difficult, long search.
  2. If you do find an exact match, but your tile is located in an area that is frequently wet, the grout will change color over time.

That being said, we aren’t going to try and talk you out of matching your tile and grout. We recommend trying to find a close match rather than an exact match. To do that, look at the grout samples themselves rather than going off photos or the colors represented in the packaging.

grout tiling options

Be color conscious

The most popular colors of grout include white, black, gray, and brown, all of which come in a variety of shades. If you want to emphasize the tile pattern and keep the focus there, choose a contrasting, darker color. If you have marble tile, try to pull a color from one of the veins. If you’re going for a subway look and already have the white tiles, go with black grout. If you’re looking to tie your design together, choose a lighter color like white or a similar shade. When deciding between a dark or light hue, just remember to be aware of what aesthetic you want in your home and what you want to pull attention to in your floors.

So, to answer the question, “What color grout should you get,” it really depends on the look and feel you’re interested in. There is no wrong option when it comes to grout. Visit or consult with one of our many experts to help finalize your decision today.

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Style Watch: Distressed Vintage

Jul 13, 2022

As the saying goes, “everything comes back in style” and this couldn’t be more true for fashion, art and design, with interior design being no exception. From the revival of 70s retro inspired interiors to the 90s-esque acid wash jeans and band tee’s that are once again taking over store displays, we’ve seen trends come in, out and back in style. One trend that interior design experts firmly agree is here to stay is Distressed Vintage.

Known for its versatility, Distressed Vintage design is a trend that we can’t get enough of in 2022. The focus of this trend is all about investing in quality and creating a lived-in look that helps make any space feel like home. Vintage styles, like white-washed antique barn doors and hand-scraped wood, are timelessly elegant and a no-brainer for those looking to design a space that calls back to simpler times. To help kickstart your Distressed Vintage design, we’ve compiled some of our favorite flooring products that will serve as the perfect base for whatever you have planned.

1. Rustic Hardwood Flooring

rustic hardwood flooringGilmore White Oak by Floorcraft Heritage in Burly

One of the easiest ways to create a Distressed Vintage design in your space is to incorporate rustic hardwood floors, like this Gilmore White Oak hardwood from Floorcraft Heritage. This wire-scraped hardwood showcases the natural knots and grain patterns that give it a vintage look and feel without sacrificing the durability of modern-day flooring. This is a multi-layered engineered hardwood, making it ideal for any space, even water-prone areas like the kitchen or bath, and the Gilmore White Oak is highly scuff resistant making it a great choice for a lived-in look that maintains its quality for years to come.

2. Comforting Carpet

comforting carpetSoft & Silly by Resista Soft Style in Hearts Desire

One of the key facets of Distressed Vintage design is the feeling of lived-in comfort, which is something easily found in this stunning Soft & Silly carpet by Resista Soft Style. Not only is this plush carpet soft underfoot and available in 20 different hues, it is also exceptionally stain resistant to all kinds of food and beverages – including red wine! Mixed with antique or stripped wood furnishings, this carpet is the perfect way to bring some comfort and warmth to your Distressed Vintage design.

3. Durable Vinyl Flooring

durable vinyl flooringAtlantic Beach Vinyl Flooring by Downs Life H2O in Cyrus

Vinyl flooring is a great choice if you want the rustic look of hardwood flooring with more durability. This stunning Atlantic Beach vinyl flooring from Downs Life H2O offers the same realistic look of genuine wood, but is also waterproof, scratch and dent resistant and has impressive sound absorption capabilities, making it a great choice for families, pets or areas in your home that are high traffic. Available in 5 color choices, this vinyl plank flooring will give a solid base to your Distressed Vintage design plans.

4. Elegant & Affordable Laminate Flooring

elegant laminate flooring

Much like vinyl flooring, laminate is a great durable and affordable alternative to hardwood flooring. Choose a laminate with a rustic, natural appearance that mimics the look of natural hardwood flooring. The upside of installing a quality laminate floor is that it will have complete wear, stain, fade and water-resistance. Laminate may be the better choice for people who like to entertain, larger households, or those with pets and/or children, due to its longevity and durability. Find a product that is embossed-in-register to give the same authentic surface texturing as genuine wood, to echo the Distressed Vintage Design.

With so many options to choose from, it can be overwhelming to decide which flooring solution will work the best for your space and Distressed Vintage design. Of course, we are more than happy to help. Consult the professionals at your local Flooring America for expert flooring advice, and check out our 2022 Style Watch list to read about this year’s other top flooring trends and products.

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Eight Tips for Travel Design

Jul 11, 2022

Design by Sara Bederman | Photography by Stephani Buchman 

The change of season is a great time to breathe new life into your home’s design. What better way to update the personal touches around your living space than with travel-inspired souvenirs and mementos from your summer travels? Whether you have a box of collected items from cities around the world, old memories saved on the camera roll, or a shell from your favorite beach, we’ve got eight tips on how to best incorporate your favorite travels into everyday home design.   

1. Beach House Decor 

Many of us long for extra days with our toes in the sand, enjoying the sights, smells, and sounds of the ocean. Summer is the perfect time to incorporate coastal decorating ideas with aquatic designs, colors, and collectibles. Whether you’re living on a beachfront property or in an urban complex, the coastal style is perfectly on theme with American summer travel trends.

Crafting coastal style centerpieces for the dining room, living room, and bathroom can be a beautiful way to use sand, shells, starfish, sand dollars, and other natural finds from your coastal getaways.  

In the dining room, create beach designs with centerpieces using a common household tray or a large, shallow glass bowl. Place a layer of sand in the bottom to add depth, and layer in smaller shells with larger items like sand dollars, starfish, and tulip shells on top. Similarly, you can use any remaining beach finds to dress up your mantel or bathroom counter with a DIY creation.  

For a more permanent fixture to pair with seaside arrangements, upgrade your floor to luxury vinyl tile or planks. Texturized vinyl floors closely resemble natural wood and provide waterproof features for sandy, beach-like wood aesthetics in living and dining areas. Complement dining room tables and wood-look floors with textiles that use ocean-inspired blues and sand-like neutrals, such as area rugs and table runners. 

2. Wall Art 

travel design wall artDesign by Michelle Berwick | Photography by Larry Arnal 

Hanging unique travel art and destination photography is one of the easiest ways to incorporate vacation memories into the home. From postcards and Polaroids to wall art and maps, there are many design options to show off your favorite places.

Tip: For a vintage aesthetic, a beautiful way to make a statement is to hang small Polaroids from string or yarn, like a clothesline. Attach the string safely to your wall and incorporate hanging lights for added effect. This trend has made its way from college dorms to urban flats and has become popular in contemporary home design.  

For those who prefer a more traditional route, frame and hang any destination artwork, postcards, or personal photos that you’ve taken from your trip.  

3. Travel Maps 

travel design maps

A thoughtful way to visually represent multiple trips in one design, travel maps are an increasingly popular trend across generations. Local and global maps displayed throughout your home are a fantastic way to showcase destinations you’ve visited. Purchase a personalized global map and add pins to wherever you’ve been in the world. Alternatively, “scratch maps” can be found in most souvenir stores, offering affordability and beauty when framed. Browse DIY shopping sites to find specialty maps with wood frames for tasteful charm. This popular form of wall art adds the perfect touch to a home office, study, or library. Plus, it might even inspire future vacation ideas for your next summer break!

4. Exotic Aromas

travel exotic aromasDesign by Diana Rose | Photography by Mike Chajecki 

When people think of the many ways to complement their existing interior design, aromas and spices aren’t typically the first things that come to mind. Culinary travel is a popular form of tourism that allows us to dive deeper into the food, beverages, and other gastronomic delights that different regions and cultures have to offer. Think about the various foodie items that you’ve brought home that could enliven your kitchen or dining space: ground coffee from Costa Rica, spiced chai from bustling London, mulling spices from a Bavarian village—even a hand-poured candle from a restaurateur. These common items are fabulous examples of souvenirs that we can display, smell, and oftentimes consume from our travels.  

Tip: For an organic look, easily display your spices, teas, and coffees in decorative mason jars or a spice rack with vials.

5. Textiles and Pillows 

travel design textiles & pillowsPaxton in Taupe by Nourison

Just because the warmer weather has arrived doesn’t mean you have to stow away your cozy blankets for the season. Dress up your home with textiles, blankets, and pillows from your favorite summer vacation to incorporate local designs from other regions, countries, and continents. Highly texturized blankets and eye-popping decorative pillows are a great way to complement neutral furnishings and wall colors. Draping your blanket over a corner of your couch is a stylish way to show off a splash of color even if the summer heat is enough to keep you warm. Textiles such as area rugs and window treatments are always an easy way to bring your favorite memories into the home. Handwoven area rugs can nicely complement smaller spaces like entryways and hallways, incorporating regional artistry into specific parts of your home.  

6. Literature

Many travelers find their carry-ons brimming with books and magazines for an enjoyable beach read during their stay. If you find yourself returning home with more books than you left with, easily organize travel reads into a neat display. Travel novels, destination guides, and regional cookbooks are all great examples of books that look great in the kitchen, on your coffee table, or front and center on a bookshelf. Stacking a few travel books on your coffee table may sound too easy to count as design. But topping your stack with a photo, a candle, or an artistic book weight can easily transform a pile of books into a scenic display.

Tip: For a truly foodie kitchen, organize your destination cookbooks in a designated section, such as a small nook, a shelf, or even a corner of your kitchen countertop. Arranging cookware, spices, and jars of olive oil around your cookbooks will give the display an immersive feeling of belonging in your kitchen. 

If you already have a large bookshelf dedicated to literature, consider creating a small section with travel-themed works. Including tiny souvenirs around these books will pull together a complete travel section of your house while providing a space for small knickknacks like magnets, pins, shot glasses, and snow globes.  

7. Handmade Art

travel design handmade art

From clay-sculpted vases to ceramic bowls and even glass-blown objects, there are numerous ways to incorporate handmade artistry from your travels into your home. Embracing handmade souvenirs is a way to support local businesses while adding design elements that are 100 percent unique and original. Ceramics and pottery from around the world can be placed by the hearth or an entertainment center for depth, character, and a splash of color. Incorporating clay-crafted vases and pots with faux or natural greenery is not only a stunning way to display your souvenirs but also adds natural, earthy tones to your home. Many handmade crafts such as wind chimes, birdhouses, and lanterns can also complement outdoor spaces like a screened lanai or patio area.   

8. Architecture

travel design architectureDesign by Hibou Design + Co | Photography by Drew Hadley

If you’re considering larger home renovations or drafting the blueprints for a brand-new home, seize the opportunity to incorporate resort features and craft your own personal oasis. Turn your master bathroom into a home spa with a detached Japanese tub. This luxurious bathroom commodity is all about inner reflection, meditation, and a seamless blend of nature and home through modern and unusual architecture. Including slate or granite bath tile, ferns, bamboo, and other forms of greenery and natural light will put the finishing touches on a truly Zen bathroom spa experience. If your master bathroom is on the ground level, this presents a perfect opportunity to include a sliding glass door to easily view and access your outdoor space.  

When planning exterior elements for an at-home paradise, consider your favorite hobbies and activities. Building an outdoor firepit securely with brick masonry and large wooden lawn chairs gives the appearance of stylish, intentional planning as opposed to beach chairs surrounding a transportable fire pit. If your home includes an in-ground pool, add some old-world charm with a stone waterfall inspired by renaissance water fountains from Italian cityscapes. The inclusion of a waterfall pleases the senses visually and audibly with the continuous white noise of flowing water.  

Looking for more home design inspiration this summer season? Check out our latest issue of Design at Home where you’ll find the hottest summer trends to beat the heat and exclusive designer advice so you can make the most of your home this summer! 

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