Summer is here and some of us have been waiting all year for that planned vacation. When we travel it is hard not to bring home a world of souvenirs. Instead of bringing back souveniers to scatter around the house, the are other ways to keep the memories alive.
Taniya Nayak, host of HGTV's Destination Design, has inspired us to skip the colorful Mexican blanket in favor of paying a subtle notion to our vacation. I included some of my favorite Destination Design episodes.
- Austin Cavern Berry Living Room: Taniya sent a mother and daughter to Austin, Texas, to find inspiration for the design of their living room. While in Austin the two were drawn to the ripples in the caves. When they returned, Taniya obtained their inspiration and found tiles with a rippled effect. She installed the tiles seamlessly on the fireplace front.
- Turks and Caicos Triple Room: Living Room, Dining Room, and Sunroom: Taniya meets Joy and Jason who are in need of some design help with their living room, dining room, and sunroom. Joy and Jason find inspiration for their home while bone fishing. Taniya incorporates the metallic green color and scale texture of the fish into a fun wallpaper and an iridescent mosaic tile on the fireplace.
- New Orleans Big Easy Loft Space Redo: Andrew’s bachelor pad redesign is inspired from the nostalgia of New Orleans. He visited the Live Jazz Hall and was drawn to the molding patina entrance doorway. Taniya helped Andrew incorporate the same worn paint look into his own loft. First she painted the walls with a base coat, then sprayed metallic dust over the base coat, and finally sprayed a rust activator over the base coat and metallic dust.
- Mexican Mayan Living and Dining Rooms: A newlywed couple traveled to Mexico to find design inspiration to satisfy their differing styles. While in Mexico, they fell in love with a bench made from reclaimed wood. The couple shared their inspiration with Taniya and she recreated cornices to assimilate the bench. The cornices were fabricated then beat up with chains to give it a worn look.
- San Diego Nautical Living and Dining Room: Dan and Nicole look to San Diego to discover design elements to incorporate into their own home. They loved the lamp posts in the Gas Lamp District, which sparked inspiration for their space. Taniya found a chandelier that assimilated the lamp posts and their arms of bulbs. Incorporating a nautical design style as well, she chose a sofa with velveteen to represent Dan and Nicole’s love for texture of the sea lions’ light brown fur. Lastly, Taniya installed glass beaded wallpaper to represent Dan and Nicole’s experience of making taffy in San Diego.
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