TRAVEL-THEMED HOME OFFICE

Within our home, there is one room that represents a bit of a departure in style from the rest of the house. Our travel themed home office is just a bit different than the farmhouse decor that defines my typical home decor style. But since I spend a lot of time there, it’s important that I love the digs. Some nights I spend hours editing photos or working on a blog post while Jeff reads on the chair in total silence, but for the tapping of the keyboard. This room is very personal to us and we opted to decorate accordingly. The travel theme fits us to a tee, but is also easily personalized for just about anybody.white executive desk with white office chair and white eleven foot shelves

How to Decorate a Travel Themed Home Office

Anyone who knows me well knows that I will gladly forego the latest fashions and most current version of the iPhone in favor of spending money on making memories. It’s cliché, I know, but we collect moments, not things. And because we’ve made so many amazing memories all over the world, it’s important to us that we spend time reliving those memories as often as possible. That is precisely why we chose to go all out with a travel themed home office.

Ideas for creating a travel themed home office space personalized to reflect your travel destinationsThe focal point of our home office is a set of custom eleven-foot, solid-wood bookshelves. All of our travel treasures are on display on those shelves. It’s a bit tricky to style them so as to appear finished while simultaneously reserving room for goodies we’ve yet to collect in future travels, but using baskets and greenery allows flexibility in the styling.Ideas for creating a travel themed home office space personalized to reflect your travel destinations

During each of our trips, we purposefully set out to find a single souvenir that represents the destination as a whole. It’s typically a fairly large object, but if it’s something small we plus it up by adding postcards in a shadow box or a framed photo.

These little Icelandic vikings carved from wood are a perfect example. They’re not quite big enough to hold their own space on the shelf, so we added an artist’s print that we also found in Iceland.Ideas for creating a travel themed home office space personalized to reflect your travel destinationsThis huge glass jar holds our champagne corks. We have a tradition of starting and ending each trip with a bottle of bubbly. And then we use Sharpies to record the date and something significant about the trip. We recently filled a much smaller jar and optimistically upgraded, hoping for lots of corks in our future.Ideas for creating a travel themed home office space personalized to reflect your travel destinations

Ideas for creating a travel themed home office space to reflect your personalized travel destinations

Ideas for creating a travel themed home office space to reflect your personalized travel destinations

 

Ideas for creating a travel themed home office space to reflect your personalized travel destinations

Ideas for creating a travel themed home office space to reflect your personalized travel destinationsA few years ago I discovered Artifact Uprising. I love the quality of their prints. After each trip I always order a set of them to use in various ways on the shelves. They look great on clipboard style frames.Ideas for creating a travel themed home office space to reflect your personalized travel destinationsAnother favorite way to use them is to write memories on the back of photos from our trips and place them in memory boxes along with ticket stubs, maps, foreign currency and any other mementos we bring home.Ideas for creating a travel themed home office space to reflect your personalized travel destinationsI purchased wooden memory boxes from Amazon and painted them white. And then I stencil the names of our trip destinations on the boxes. It’s so fun to open the boxes every once in awhile and relive our favorite parts of each vacation.Ideas for creating a travel themed home office space to reflect your personalized travel destinationsOf course, this being a travel themed office, the shelves aren’t the only way we display memories from our trips. I also have a gallery wall with framed photos that we’ve snapped on vacation over the years. Unlike the prints I order from Artifact Uprising, the photos that hang on the wall do not include people. Instead, we opt for landscapes or recognizable objects from any given trip.Ideas for creating a travel themed home office space to reflect your personalized travel destinations

When I first framed these photos I challenged everybody else in the family to name the location where the picture was taken. Jeff scored 100%, and the kids were probably in the eighty percent range, but neither of them nailed it. After we take a few more trips I plan to swap out the pictures with new ones. I’ll have to see how the kids fare in the next quiz.Ideas for creating a travel themed home office space to reflect your personalized travel destinations

Ideas for creating a travel themed home office space to reflect your personalized travel destinations

Ideas for creating a travel themed home office space to reflect your personalized travel destinationsOur office also has a sitting area. Most often, Jeff is the one who occupies that seat. He reads there while I work on blog posts. Ideas for creating a travel themed home office space to reflect your personalized travel destinations

Ideas for creating a travel themed home office space to reflect your personalized travel destinations

Ideas for creating a travel themed home office space to reflect your personalized travel destinations

Like most of the first floor of our house, the office has wood floors. I soften things up underfoot with a neutral, woven wool rug that is as soft as a sweater. I love it.Ideas for creating a travel themed home office space to reflect your personalized travel destinationsAs we designed the office, we made a very concerted effort to make the most of the view. When I’m sitting at my desk, if I look beyond the screen I have a view of a large pond and mountains beyond that. And, of course, the blue Alabama skies we’ve all heard about in the chorus of the song.Ideas for creating a travel themed home office space to reflect your personalized travel destinationsI hope you’ve enjoyed your virtual tour of my travel themed home office. If you have any questions about resources that I missed, ask in the comments and I’ll be happy to answer as best I can.Ideas for creating a travel themed home office space to reflect your personalized travel destinations

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12 Replies to “TRAVEL-THEMED HOME OFFICE”

    1. Thanks, girl! I’m one of those creepers who loves to see the inside of other peoples’ houses. Please post photo updates on social media as you do your thing!

  1. Absolutely gorgeous! I’ll be clicking those links to get some prints and boxes. I’m in the midst of clutter-chaos in my office today. Both ideas will truly help me contain some of my travel-related mementos that are piling up. Adding see Darcie’s links/blog to my to-do list. ;)

    1. Artifact Uprising is the best. The paper quality is unlike anything I can get anywhere else. In any case, I don’t doubt that your mementos are piling up; you’ve had a busy travel year!

  2. Where did you get your wool rug? I love neutrals and the natural weaved rugs but I’m having such a hard time finding a soft cozy one! All I can find are the scratchy bumpy rugs!

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