Bringing Your Travels Home

I am not a souvenir collector.
Fridge magnets of the Hollywood sign and Eiffel Tower key chains are just not my thing. I rarely even buy postcards these days.


Travel is a great love of mine, but I love being at home also.

There is something heartwarming about being in a space that you can call your own. And although coming home after travel is often challenging, once you make that initial adjustment being home is its own kind of bliss.



Paris eiffel tower souvenirs


While traditional souvenirs don’t appeal to me, having ‘reminders’ of my travels in my home does.


I recently splurged and bought myself a book that I have been eying off for a quite some time:

Nomad: Bringing Your Travels Home


I then proceeded to while away the hours in a café near the South Melbourne markets, drinking way too many coffees, and eagerly browsing the pages of my beautiful new book.


Nomad is filled with inspiring photographs of travel and ideas of how to bring these travels into the space you call home.


Cover: Bringing your travels home


Interior stylist and author Sibella — paints the idea of souvenir collecting in an entirely different light and shows how you can bring travel into your home in the most unexpected ways.


Instead of trinkets or collected items, she talks about replicating, or reinventing, ideas and colours and objects and collections that embody the places you have visited:

A dispay of ceramics inspired by the Amalfi Coast in Italy; A Japanese tiered garden for good use of small outdoor spaces; A retreat reminiscent of  ‘The English Patient’…


page view: Bringing your travels home



page view: Bringing your travels home


She suggests photographing anything that catches your eye – a colour scheme, a cluster of objects, patterns, textures – and then making these ideas tangible by creatively incorporating them into your space when you return home.


I guess in sense it is making souvenirs from memories.
Which you have to admit is much more interesting than a key chain!


page view: Bringing your travels home



page view: Bringing your travels home



Check out this slideshow of a collection of images taken by Sibella in Japan and used as inspiration when she returned home.



Japan – Nomad from Sibella Court – The Society inc. on Vimeo.



The book itself is filled with loads of incredible ideas, many relatively simple. I have taken lots of notes and I am going to endeavor to follow the advice from this book on my upcoming trip (I leave in 3 days!! Yay!) and do some serious decorating when I return!


You should be able to find Nomad: Bringing Your Travels Home by Sibella Court in any decent online or real-life bookstore.


Sibella also has what looks like a delightful store in Sydney called The Society Inc.



How do you incorporate memories from your travels into your life back home?

Do you have a favourite book about travel that inspires you?



Are you visiting Quiet Wanderings for the first time?

Check out what it’s all about, sign up for email updates, subscribe to the RSS feed or follow me on Twitter or Facebook.


About the Author

Quiet Wanderings

Comments (3)
  • Avatar

    Kim Apr 8 2012 - 4:49 pm Reply

    Good ideas! I’m a fridge magnet person myself. I own basically nothing but I’ve got a whole fridge covered in magnets!
    Kim recently posted..Whitewater Rafting: Adventures for Families with KidsMy Profile

    • Avatar

      Quiet Wanderings Apr 9 2012 - 4:55 am Reply

      I have to confess, I DID buy a polar bear fridge magnet when I was in The Arctic last year…couldn’t resist 😉

  • Avatar

    Melissa Apr 12 2012 - 5:07 am Reply

    Looks like a lovely book, i love the idea. I do wonder sometimes if I will end up with a very confused ‘style’ one day at my dream house with a bit of japan, bit of pacific north west architecture, bit of country France, bit of New York, etc!

Leave a reply

Name (required)


CommentLuv badge