Travel The World From Your Home

By Oliver Burns

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May 7, 2020|Super Prime Property

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  • he luxury of travel is something many of us are looking forward to post-lockdown. From a tropical island escape to a culinary city break, travel offers enriching and memorable experiences that stay with us long after our trip ends. Although we currently aren’t able to visit these destinations in person, carefully considered design can provide a way to take a journey from the comfort of home. We share the travel destinations, both near and far, that continue to inspire us and how to showcase your most cherished travel memories through design.

'Our clients often share with us their travel experiences and stories when we begin the creative process of designing their home.'

'Happy Days' Riva Boat outside The Lakehouse. Image by Oliver Burns.

Our clients often share with us their travel experiences and stories when we begin the creative process of designing their home. Whether it is a memorable family holiday or the country they grew up in, these special places often have great personal significance or hold happy memories. As a result, we are often entrusted with recreating the essence of what makes this place so special and bringing that to life through design. As the home is often a sanctuary from the fast pace of modern life, it makes sense that it can also offer escapism by evoking the feeling of being in your most treasured place.

'Designing a home inspired by the places you have visited is most effective by identifying one destination and reflecting the true essence of this place through colour, texture and artwork.'

Family Residence Reception Room. Image by Oliver Burns.

Taking inspiration from far and wide can help to create a visual representation of your experiences, adding layers of interest to a space. However, designing a home inspired by the places you have visited is most effective by identifying one destination and reflecting the true essence of this place through colour, texture and artwork. For instance, the colour palette of our Family Residence was inspired by our Co-Founder’s enduring love of the Amalfi Coast in Italy. Deep blues, soft whites and hints of silver-grey are reminiscent of the Tyrrhenian Sea, helping to conjure the tranquillity of this beloved holiday destination.  Sketches of the pretty village of Ravello adorn the walls.

Belgravia Townhouse Bookshelf. Image by Oliver Burns.

If you don’t want to commit to a design scheme centered around one single destination, a bookshelf or mantelpiece can be an ideal way to showcase your most precious souvenirs on a smaller scale. Surrounding yourself with mementoes is an effective way of transporting yourself to somewhere far flung, but drawing on too many references from different places can make a room feel cluttered and disparate. Instead select a few key pieces you love most to display, whether that’s a delicate Venetian glass ornament from Murano or a collection of shells that take you back to a blissful family holiday. It can also be helpful to set a colour scheme before you go souvenir shopping, so that the items you select ultimately complement and enhance the existing colour palette within your home.

  • The Lakehouse Hallway. Image by Oliver Burns.
  • The Lakehouse Hallway. Image by Oliver Burns.

'Locally sourced marble from nearby quarries and rustic wood infused the space with an Italian elegance that is befitting of its location.'

As an interior design studio, we have extensive experience of working with a culturally diverse clientele, many of whom have an international property portfolio. As a result, our team are well versed in designing for different nationalities in overseas locations,  reflecting their unique needs and requirements. One of our favourite international projects was The Lakehouse, a stunning villa located on the serene shores of the Italian lakes. Purchased by a long-standing client, we where entrusted to lead and manage its transformation into a spectacular holiday home for their family. We took direct inspiration from the surrounding beauty of the region, using a soft and neutral palette with accents of midnight blue and sea foam to reflect the ever-changing surface of the lake surrounding the home. Locally sourced marble from nearby quarries and rustic wood infused the space with an Italian elegance that is befitting of its location.

Soho Lofts Kitchen. Image by Oliver Burns.

Urban destinations can be just as inspiring as locations surrounded by nature. Hidden in the heart of fashionable Soho, our Loft Apartment marries industrial style with French-inspired furniture, creating a perfect balance of contemporary and classic. Exposed brickwork, sliding metal doors, and suspended lighting lends the space a distinctly urban appeal, which feels more New York than London in style. The client wanted their bed, a Louis XV design, to be a key design feature. We referenced the romantic and feminine style of the bed through Austrian sheer blinds and silk curtains and selected a distressed armoire for storage. By highlighting just one key piece of furniture, this room plays with contrasts for an unexpected and playful finish.

Soho Lofts Master Bedroom. Image by Oliver Burns.

Travel can provide endless inspiration when it comes to designing the home, but the key is to be discerning in what you choose to showcase from your trips abroad. Choosing a cohesive colour scheme, curating your most treasured souvenirs and playing with contrasts can instantly transport you to your favourite places, all from the comfort of your home.

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