Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Wednesday Wish List No.14

I think my fascination with traveling can be traced back to 1987, when I was 4 years old. I can distinctly remember being a pint-sized little me and singing along to the Chipmunk Adventuremovie - we had taped on VHS. If you didn't get to experience this gem of a movie as a child, I apologize for rubbing salt in your wounds.


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Needless to say, I loved that movie to the point where I would reenact the different scenes while playing on the jungle gym in the backyard. I grew up and eventually realized that all the fabulous places I saw through the adventures of Alvin and the Chipmunks were actual places that I could visit. My elementary school mind was blown!

Fast forward about 25 years and I've fallen in love with a man who loves to travel. I'm not sure of the exact percentage, but Houston has seen 10% of the world. I'm not kidding.

We were talking the other day about all the wonderful memorabilia he has from his various travels and how awesome it would be to be able to display some of it rather than storing it in closets and under beds.

The solution?

Travel themed guest bedroom!!!

I immediately started pinning ideas on Pinterest for inspiration and promised I wouldn't have to buy anything to make it a reality.  - a promise I immediately regretted when I saw a beautiful globe at Costco for only $27.99. Drats.


So I figured I would share some of my inspiration with you this week on the blog.  Be sure to send suggestions my way as well, I would love to see them!


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1. Up up and away - isn't this pillow fun? It would be the perfect little accent pillow on the guest bed, but right now it would totally clash with the bedding. - again there is the whole "no buying" promise snafu.

2.  Not all who wanderare lost -I love this quote and I've seen a couple different printables on Etsy. I like the idea of the lettering over the map, but I've seen some with compasses too that I like.  Maybe my graphics department (Houston) can whip something up for me.  - I have an idea for a small collage wall and this would be in the middle.

3.  Eiffel towerdoorstop - no travel themed room would be complete without a little Paris thrown in the mix, am I right?

4.  Suitcases - I can think of a million ideas for some old suitcases. A side table.  Additional stealth storage that blends with the decor.  All around cuteness.  Lucky for me, Houston and I have a couple antique suitcases already that we could use.

5.  License plates -  Houston's collection of foreign plates and street signs was part of the original inspiration for the room. They are so unique and would look awesome in some floating frames, are neatly blocked on the wall. Either way would be better band to keep them in the closet and out of sight.

6.  Monogram map - I could totally DIY this right? A cardboard letter from Joanns or Michaels and a little card stock, and I would have a nifty monogram to add to the collage wall!

7.  World globe - I love globes. There is just something about them that makes me want to buy every single one in Marshall's whenever I see them. Totally appropriate for a travel room and the right sized one would be a great accent on a nightstand.

8.  Departure sign - how amazing is this departure sign??? I could hardly believe that it was canvas! I think all the other ideas I've had with existing memorabilia will utilize the wall space in the room, but this is an awesome piece. I was so sad to see that it was sold out last week. I'm hoping they restock it soon.

9.  To Travel is tolive rock - I'm not sure how one carves letters into stone like this, but I definitely think that this quote reflects Houston's live for traveling. It's small enough to sit on a dresser or nightstand - perhaps as a paperweight.

I love coming up with ideas for decorating. Unfortunately, ideas tend to come easier for other people's homes rather than my own. My apartment decorating is at a standstill at the moment, but that is OK, it will resume as soon as I transport an amazing piece of furniture to my third floor walk-up apartment. Thank you in advance to my amazing boyfriend and whatever poor friend has to help him carry it upstairs. It weighs a ton.

If you'd like to follow along with more travel decor ideas, check out my Pinterest board HERE. Otherwise I leave you with this nugget of awesomeness:


Happy hump day, friends.



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17 comments:

  1. Super fun! I vaguely remember that movie..lol. I love that map from Etsy!

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  2. Love the departure sign- thinkin' I can DIY it!! P.S. I don't think link #5 is taking me to the correct spot. I didn't see the licence plates :-(

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    1. Ooohhh... if you figure out a DIY make sure you share it!

      And the link looks broken for the license plates. Dang it. I just linked it back to Pinterest instead!

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  3. One of these days I'll have old suitcases in my house! Love!!!

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    1. I am feeling an antiquing trip may need to be in our future, bestie!

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  4. Love it!! Miles actually LOVES Chipmunk Adventure. He is being raised by 80s/90s kids for sure. I would love to decorate a study like this (when we have a study… someday! Lol).

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    1. Heck yes! Thanks for backing me up Marilyn!!! I knew I would be able to count on you!!! I love this movie!

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  5. You can come decorate my apartment any time :) you seem to have a great eye for it!

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    1. Thank you, Nicole! I have NO skill, just ideas that I tell other people and watch magic happen!

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  6. I love this post! I wish you lived near me - I am terrible at decorating. We are a military family, so we need decor that is easily adapted to different homes every few years. For someone who is already not good at it, that extra curve bar has left me clueless and overwhelmed. I look forward to following your posts!

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    1. Thank you, Becky! I hated moving 40 minutes away after 7 years... my hat is off to you and your family for having to relocate frequently. Thank you for the way your family serves our country!!!

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  7. Great idea for a guest room! My favorites are the monogram map and the suitcases. I also have a love for globes :-)

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    1. There is just something about globes that make me smile. :0)

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  8. Love the idea of a travel themed bedroom! How fun!

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    1. Thank you, Madison! - Fun and functional... there are so many beautiful things that are packed away in boxes waiting to be displayed!

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