We’re nearly halfway through January and while some people may be posting some last minutes photos onto their vision board or putting some resolution game plans into action, I’ve been allowing my wanderlust to take over and play an integral role in the new year planning here at West End Interiors.
You see, there is a huge benefit that travel provides when executed properly (Booking the ticket for Tulum, Mexico in February to escape the cold? Nailed it.) Travel is what helps to poke and prod our creativity, stirring it out of a slumber if we ever find ourselves in a rut (because it happens to the best of us). Whether it’s sleek minimalism found in Scandinavian homes, the warmth and richness living in Spanish style terracotta tiles, or the humble coziness captured by a shingled cottage tucked away on the New England coast - it all speaks to me and I have something new to learn each time.
But design inspiration is not limited solely to the materials we see used at each destination. It’s inspired by the people and our interaction with their lifestyle and culture. So in order to fully understand, it’s our belief that you must go out and experience it first.
If you also share our strong and irresistible desire for travel, here are a few cities and places to stay that we’re drawing some inspiration from:
For a city that’s located in what some would associate as a barren desert landscape, what it surprisingly doesn’t lack is a diverse style of homes. This area is a haven of mid century architecture, Spanish style homes and even is home to the historic Arizona Biltmore Hotel which was completed at the height of the art deco movement. This is proof that good design executed well can be timeless.
If you’re inspired by the current Marie Kondo craze, then a visit to Copenhagen might be something for you to consider. Their design is all about contemporary minimalism and keeping around only the basic necessities because quite honestly, their living quarters are much smaller. (On average 1475 sf compared USA's of 2300 sf!) However, Hotel SP34 and even this quaint AirBNB show that you keeping it simple is sometimes best.
I know first hand that the West End Interiors team couldn’t be more excited because Tulum is in fact one of our first big stops this year. We love the organic and bohemian feel of the beach houses you can find in Tulum. Warmth, texture and connection to nature?? We are counting down the dayssss. We love how Be Tulum uses natural materials throughout and and how the layout feels integrated with the landscape. The lesson learned here: sometimes design isn’t about trying to change or force something you want but rather, adapting to what the space commands or needs.
Time to get onto the Far East movement! Japanese design was heavily influenced by Buddhist and Shinto beliefs that promotes connectivity with nature. They accomplish this by incorporating verandas, low platform beds to promote groundedness, and an abundance of natural light (our favorite!) Aman Tokyo even blends tradition with modern design by incorporating an ofuru soaking bath in their design and I mean, how could this not stir up your wanderlust?
Are there places that you have traveled that have influenced design or another facet of your life? Tell us, we want to hear about it!