My husband and I went to Europe this past Spring, and I thought it was about time I posted about it. I honestly could post thousands of posts about that trip because of how incredibly full of life/culture/adventure/love/dream fulfillment/educational experiences that trip was.
I got to sketch and journal in front of the Eiffel tower. Eat incredible food in six different European cities. I had the opportunity to admire architecture beyond my own comprehension. We got to tour the louvre and see art from some of the greatest artists of all time and gain new understandings of art history that no, teacher, professor or text book could ever teach me. I walked the streets of cities, and see sites that I have only dreamed of seeing. And so much more.
Needless to say it was amazing; truly amazing. And as a designer I have grown exponentially from the experience. I won’t take weeks explaining every minor detail though. Instead I have ten design take-aways from the trip that I will share with you.
DON’T BE AFRAID OF COLOR
COURTYARDS ARE AWESOME
MASONRY IS KEY TO AUTHENTICITY
Masonry not only adds durability and longevity to a structure but adds amazing texture and pattern, and ofttimes color, making it a great option to add authenticity, aesthetic and functionality to an exterior.
ENTRY DOORS ARE ALWAYS THE BEST EXTERIOR FOCAL POINT
And don’t be afraid to carry it inside. Color and details all around!
This is just one of the incredible doors we saw on our journey.
DON’T BE AFRAID TO GET TOO FEMININE
Especially in neutral color pallets, you can get away with a little femininity without it being over powering. Feminine patterns, textures, and detail can add elegance and quaintness to the space.
FLOORING CAN BE YOUR BEST AND MOST INTERESTING DESIGN TOOL
From nooks and crannies at the Tower of London to a cute organic grocery store every single room in the louvre, flooring detail was prioritized and I like it!
AIRBNB IS TRULY ONE OF THE BEST WAYS TO EXPLORE OTHERS DESIGNS STYLES AND GET INSPIRATION
We stayed in a number of adorable and well-designed Airbnbs along the way. From a Modern bedroom in an apartment in London, England to a cozy cottage loft in a townhome in Galway, Ireland among a few other stops along the way, we got to see a lot of gorgeous and homey spaces.
You don’t have to have a huge house, and spend millions of dollars to have a happy, aesthetically pleasing space. All you need is to apply key design principles into whatever you’re given.
PERSONALLY, I’D RATHER CHOOSE CHARMING OVER CONTEMPORARY ANY DAY
Even in a contemporary space, charm and character is important.
(And here’s my hubby’s cameo, he doesn’t know he’s in these, oops).
AND THEN HERE ARE A FEW OTHER HONORABLE MENTIONS
church architecture, contemporary architecture in old cities, ceilings, interesting wall textures, and more…
All in all it’s difficult to condense all of the incredible experiences I had and amazing things I saw into a single post, but in conclusion I hope this gave you a glimpse into all the wonderful adventures and all of the growing and learning that took place on our trip.
We hope to go back soon, and see more, learn more, and do more. But until then, I am taking what I have learned and applying it to my work to ensure every design I do for every client is as perfect as can be.