7 International-Inspired Items to Satisfy Your Wanderlust

You don't have to be a globe trotter to design a worldly home.

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It’s no surprise that a vast majority of people consider summer the perfect time to travel — schools are out, offices tend to be a little more flexible and, of course, the weather is gorgeous. That said, you can’t exactly expect a whole season of paid vacay, so it’s just not realistic to jetset freely.

But wanderlust isn’t the easiest thing to cure. So if the travel bug has you in a daydream before/during/after work, turn your home into a staycation with the help of some international-inspired decor. Whether you’re dream involves walking through the mirrored halls of Versailles or dancing the night away with a margarita in Monterrey, there’s a piece that can help transport you to somewhere far, far away.

You don’t always need a passport to go abroad. Here are seven items that will take you to new and exciting places without ever leaving the comfort of home.

1. Isles of Blue

Enjoy the beauty of the Santorini sands from the comfort of your kitchen with these stylish plates. The bright blue hues and cheery pattern will instantly brighten up the cupboard and turn any average meal into a Mediterranean feast.

$5.98-$6.48; pier1.com

2. Reflections & New Directions

No, this isn’t exactly a practical mirror, but what it lacks in function, it makes up for in style. Hand-carved by Indian artisans, the intricate piece adds layers to the average reflection thanks to beautiful cut-outs and designs.

$79.99; worldmarket.com

3. Eat Pray Love

Photo by: Nicolas McComber

Nicolas McComber

Just in case you forget where the food is, this sign is here to remind you where to get your grub on. Welcome guests to your family-style dinner in La Cucina, but don’t forget the pasta, sauce and Pinot, because if anything makes a trip (or staycation) even better, it’s the food.

$149; etsy.com

4. Gilded Pleasure

Remember: all that glitters isn’t gold, but a good dresser will last longer than Polaroids, passport stamps or souvenirs. It’s no Eiffel Tower, but this armoire will surely become the gleaming monument of your bedroom, storing and organizing your wardrobe in a setting as chic as Versailles.

$659; wayfair.com

5. Moroccan Stars

If you’re longing to lay under the soft glow of the stars after a day of bartering and exploring the local markets, a hanging lantern like this can give you the dim, relaxing gleam you need before bed.

$30.60; amazon.com

6. Las Flores

Sometimes the best sights can be found at your own front door. No matter the season (but let’s not think too hard about winter, summer has only just begun), blooming flowers, fluttering butterflies and lush greenery will help rejuvenate your entryway.

$29.74; overstock.com

7. On Safari

These African-inspired carvings are a lot safer than looking an elephant in the eye, and much less costly than a new Jeep/off-road SUV. Take the easy option and hang these up for an artsy spin on a risky adventure.

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