Bring Your Favorite Vacation Destination Home: Globally-inspired Design Tips from Tineke Triggs

By Allison Neves

Chinese silkWhether you just returned from your dream vacation or your favorite vacation is a fond memory of years past, we all like to re-live the time we spent in our favorite destination. Undoubtedly, we have all brought home a special memento that might be sitting in a hall closet or packed away in the garage. Maybe you fell in love with the architecture of Europe or the vibrant color palate of Latin America. New and notable interior designer, Tineke Triggs, wants to provide home owners with her tips on tastefully incorporating favorite travel memories into a home’s interior design.

  1. Make a special piece from your trip the focal point of the room. If you have an entry way or make room on a book shelf these pieces are great memories and can be great focal points to any room. They also can spark great conversation for your guests.
  2. Tile patterns. Tile comes in a variety of sizes, colors and patterns. Tiles from Morocco and Mexico are very popular and can transform a bathroom into a getaway.
  3. Have an impact piece whose design is specific to your favorite part of the world. It is easy to have a painting or art from your favorite travel place. “If you can’t afford to buy a new piece of art have one of your travel photos blown up to 24 x 36 and frame it” added Triggs. “ I had a client do that with pictures of the Indian sea and they look beautiful and professional.”
  4. Intricate lighting fixtures and wall sconces. There are some great internationally-inspired lighting options out there. The right lighting can add charm and character to any room.
  5. Pillows are an inexpensive way to add a regional flavor to a room. There are hundreds of great colorful fabrics out there which are from Africa, Latin America, Asia, India, and more. Just buying a yard or two and making them into pillows for a bed or sofa can change the room.
  6. Color your world! Choose paint colors that match the palette of your favorite destination to help set the tone of the room. Accent a wall with that color like a vibrant Saffron red of India or Royal blue of Paris.

One final piece of advice, “Try not to overdo it. Simplicity speaks volumes,” says Triggs. “Just choose a couple of key ideas in order to create a space where you can re-live your favorite global getaway!”

Tineke Triggs has had her design projects have grace the covers of national publications and she has been the featured interior design expert in magazines and newspapers across the U.S. More information can be found at:


nevesAllison Neves is a freelance travel and fitness writer from San Francisco, California. With parents from San Salvador and Hong Kong, she’s made a personal commitment to re-connect with her roots by traveling extensively through out Latin America and Asia. When she’s not trying to save the world one press releases at a time, Allison spends her time with her time traveling, stretching her limbs in a pilates studio, scuba diving and spending time with best friend and husband, Travis. More information on Allison can be found at:

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