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.
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.
The 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.
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.This 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.
A 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.Another 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.I 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.Of 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.
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.
Our 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.
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.As 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.I 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.
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