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by Patricia L. Garcia

Bringing the world into your home through thoughtful travel

Design, like any other craft, is a product of a designer’s skill, but also their experiences— how they grew up and, of course, the world in which they are surrounded.

In Travel Home: Design with a Global Spirit, authors Caitlin Flemming and Julie Goebel focus on the role that travel plays in designing for the home, but beyond that, the soul. The authors are both designers who are themselves globetrotters influenced by the busy streets of Mexico and the leisurely pace of Parisian ruins.

When Flemming and Goebel write “The lessons in this book will help you achieve a worldly look in your home, whether you are a globe-trotter or an armchair traveler,” they are not kidding. They visit the homes of 23 designers— interior, fashion and more— to get an inside look at how their travels abroad are translated into their work.

The book is chockfull of gorgeous photographs of locales, vivid and captivating, waiting to share its culture with the rest of the world. One of my favorite homes to read and see belonged to designer Caroline Diani.

She lives in a modest 1752 stone cottage with many original parts of the structure remaining. The home is simply decorated, however, the items she used to remind her of her time growing up in Kenya are evident, yet subtle. Simply put, her home is a culmination of her experiences, a place where her life experiences bring comfort and beauty, as travel can do for so many.

At the end of each chapter is a section that explains how to bring it all together, such as collecting textiles, like handblocked fabrics found in India and navigating flea markets in places such as the Grand Bazaar in Instabul.

Travel Home is not just a coffee table book, but a shared collection of how travel can be as comforting as well as exciting, allowing people to truly find home wherever the wind may take them.