Suzanne Manlove | Aug 25, 2016 | 1 Comment
Learning about other cultures during your travels can be a great source of inspiration for your home décor. Colors of favorite locations can be translated into room palettes. Photography can be printed and hung to remind you of favorite places. Even local fabrics can be integrated into your home design to add a regional flavor. I picked up an art guide on painters from the Argyll region of Scotland and plan to purchase a painting for my home, to remind me of the countryside there. Here are some things I saw on our trip that inspired me to think about design with a different perspective.
This is on the southernmost coast of Scotland’s Argyll Peninsula. I love all of the texture and color of this beach and think it would make an interesting palette for a cozy family room. Not like the sandy beaches we are used to on the East Coast! The colors in the cliffs, sky, stones, moss and seaweed could translate well into green velvet, wood and stone accents and sea glass.
I came across this weathered barn door on the Isle of Islay. I am enjoying the resurgence of the barn door trend, as long as it makes sense in the context of the home. I am curious as to how old this is, and even with it’s weather-beaten patina, it still appears to be functioning.
We had lunch in this beautifully renovated restaurant on the Isle of Islay that had a sweeping view of the water. Check out the basket weave accent wall. I hope to replicate this someday in a client’s space. I also enjoyed the subtle plaid and nail head accents used on these guest chairs. They softly speak of heritage without being overly stuffy and cliché.
Reykjavik, Iceland was a beautiful waterfront city filled with a busy harbor, colorful homes and lots of metal siding. This red building near the center of the Old City was a great landmark when walking around town, and is indicative of the architecture we saw everywhere.
Great contrast in a traditional black, white and red house
Love the black trim and coordinating metal roof.
We had to stop by ROK Restaurant, a very fashionable establishment clad in black siding and a grass roof. It really stood out amongst all of the non-green streets. There is very little grass in Reykjavik. The dark building and saturated green really worked with the grey atmosphere that surrounds the city.
Black furs outside on the chairs to keep the patrons warm on cool summer nights were so chic. Lots of furs in Iceland! Making a mental note to have mohair throws and fur pillows on an outside patio for an autumn party (with a space heater, of course!). I think I have a thing for fur.
Hallgrimskirkja Church is a main landmark in Reykjavik, and can be seen from almost everywhere in the city. I was struck by the thoughtful stonework surrounding the church and famous statue of Leifur Eiriksson, that is set in a traditional Icelandic pattern. Even stonework can be unique and tell a story.
Quick history note: Records suggest that Eiriksson was the first European to discover America in the year 1,000 A.D.
I hope you enjoy seeing some of my travels, and that you find inspiration on yours.
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