Somedays, when the wind picks up and there's a crisp edge to the air I think about my adventure in Scotland. The greenery was a sight to behold and the soft caramel tones seen in everything from the shaggy Highland cattle to the whiskey sipped of an evening were the perfect foil to the palette. And though I may not get to Scotland again for a while, the littlest things can remind you of a place. I just added some loch-y ferns to my new, old kitchen made by master blacksmith Saul. As I am part-gypsy, there is no need for stoves & ovens in my kitchen. I work with a cast iron burner and it caters for all my needs. Don’t feel like your rooms have to have all the mod cons – install only what you’ll use and suits your lifestyle.
But then the sun might come out and the air turns a little warmer, and I'm transported to the fishing villages of Turkey, where the colours of my palette came to me so quickly. I sailed on the Aegean Sea, where the water was crystal clear, turquoise, very salty, floaty, silvery and full of sea gypsies. there was an absolute clarity in the colours. If I want to reminisce, I might loosely wrap old ferry rope around a column and hang a pond sailor found in a junk store on the wall. That splattered cushion and the dip-dyed knitted piece used as a window treatment recall the fishing nets and sea tones I fell in love with in Turkey.
And then the sun might dip a little and I feel a little hungry, and I think about a vibrant Mexican flavour combination, and perhaps a little tipple, and in the spirit of the warm weather I feel like taking dinner with friends outdoors. All you need is oilcloth for a tablecloth, all sorts of vessels and vibrant colours in your dishes and what they're served in to bring a little of that Mexican fiesta to your own backyard.
Hopefully, while you wait (or save) for your next adventure, you can re-create some of your favourite travel memories in your spaces.