The hardest part about coming home from vacation is leaving everything that you loved about it behind. Typically, a tacky shot glass or T-shirt quickly becomes your only memory of a life-changing trip. Here are six ways to personalize your home through travel decor so you can hold on to those precious memories a little bit longer.
How to Personalize Your Home to Feel Like Your Favorite Destination
On a recent trip to Morocco, I fell in love with the smells of the busy markets, spices, and food. Luckily, one of the hotels I visited—La Mamounia—created a candle with a scent specifically made for the hotel. I obviously caved and bought it, and it has been a great way to remember both the country and hotel.
Similarly, Homesick Candles makes candles with unique scents for all 50 states. So if you loved the smell of spruce trees on a recent trip to Colorado, you can smell them once you’re back home.
You don’t have to be a pro photographer to take awesome vacation photos. Photo website Artifact Uprising has an easy uploader that’ll transform even photos taken on your phone into a beautiful album, framed print, or calendar. I personally love the Instagram Friendly Books for your coffee table. Or enlarge some of your photos to hang in a gallery on your wall for some simple travel decor.
These thoughtfully designed map posters from Grafomap are another great addition to help personalize your home after a meaningful trip. Simply type in a location or city, and you can customize the colors, layout, and text. The company currently has nine different designs to fit almost any travel decor style.
If you’re really looking to make a splash in your home, create your own wall mural wallpaper with your favorite vacation photo. Note that you will need a high-quality photo to enlarge for this travel decor item, however; Wallsauce.com has some epic photos of major travel landmarks. Or pick from the map wallpaper options for a more global approach.
Custom-designed pillows are a comfy and easy way to add travel decor of your favorite destination. Simply upload your favorite photo to Canvas Pop’s website, and bring your best vacation memory straight to your couch.
Location-specific coasters are a simple and inexpensive way to personalize your home. I love the Rifle Paper Co. Cities Coaster Set, which features illustrations of four popular cities. These neighborhood European Map coasters are also a great option if you have a favorite memory from Berlin, London, Rome, or Paris. Check out Etsy for even more custom coasters and travel decor ideas.
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