by Emily Chalmers
A homebody at heart, a few of my favourite interiors finds have popped up while indulging my own wanderlust. One early morning’s flea market hunt unearthed a beautiful vintage suitcase full of maps (the irony!). It simply had to travel home with me on the Eurostar. This seemingly bottomless supply of pretty paper became my go-to gift wrapping stash. It’s also papered walls, covered books and been crafted into lampshades for photoshoots.
Vintage maps and pebbles are two of artist Philippa Stanton’s favourite things. You’ll find a tutorial for her pretty paperweights and doorstops here - and you can discover Philippa’s other favourite things in her beautiful photographs and signature flat lays here.
Wanderlust inspires escape. If you can’t get away in the physical sense, there are plenty of interior options to bring a touch of nature to your home, to inspire a feeling of freedom and contemplation. These summer months give us more time outdoors and signal to bring a bit of the outdoors in — adding fresh flowers to your rooms and swapping warm wintery hues with fresh greens and pinks. Pure white walls provide an airy backdrop for simple decor and calming indoor greenery.
image courtesy of Victoria Smith at sfgirlbybay
If your windows don’t inspire contemplation, wall hung images of travel and landscapes and the odd well-placed globe may well do the trick.
Today my map-carrying French vintage suitcase sits stacked with a couple of similar eBay wins, providing easy free-standing storage for winter blankets and stowed-away throws. Packing a case at home now inspires my interior decoration travels as I re-stack and contemplate new suitcase arrangements and make-shift bedside and coffee tables!
There’s a certain appeal to maps, old and new. Look at all these pretty colours for home accessories and decor…
From top left: vintage maps notebooks from Cavallini; map lampshade by The Old Lampshed at Not On The High Street; chest of drawers papered furniture by Bryonie Porter; map cushion by Chezlele at Etsy