This summer I took a long weekend to visit old friends in California, and I must confess I felt the strong urge to drop everything and move to the West Coast. This feeling is like a familiar old friend, as it tends to visit me every time I travel. In these moments I try to remind myself of this saying by Marcel Proust, “the real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” It’s a brilliant approach to skipping the grass-is-greener complex, and instead looking at what I already have with new eyes – whether it’s my home, my closet, or even my city! During this season of travel and wanderlust I think it can be just as important to practice gratitude for that inimitable feeling of coming home.
Console table – If space is tight around your bed, this console table mounts to the wall and has a very small footprint.
Swing chair – Our Texas heat is keeping my hammock napping dreams from coming true, but an indoor swing chair is the next best thing and can be enjoyed year round.
Pillow – I love the way a tapestry hung behind the bed is a makeshift headboard in the inspiration photo. A tapestry or oversized throw pillows can be space-saving stand ins when you don’t have room for a headboard.
Rug – Even if you have a carpet in your bedroom, layering another rug next to the bed can add warmth and a soft place to land when you get out of bed in the morning.
Print – If you’re just starting out your art collection, a simple line drawing like this can be easily to mixed and matched with other prints and photographs.
Wall lamp – If you have a small bedside table, you may not want to take up valuable real estate with a lamp. This one doesn’t need to be hardwired so you can avoid the added cost of calling an electrician.
Bowl – Rather than keeping my best bowls hidden in the kitchen cabinet, I like to use them to hold jewelry next to a sink, couch or bed (so as not to lose any tiny earrings). And little handmade pieces like this make the best souvenirs and gifts to bring home from your travels!
*inspiration photo by Amber Interiors