How to Create a Sanctuary at Home

The main motivation for starting our print studio was exactly that: creating the feeling of an escape at home through memories of travels past. And now as travel restrictions set in around the world, it pays to create a space at home that facilitates comfort and relaxation. Incorporating travel prints are just one way to do this, along with a few simple techniques that we use to pull a whole look together. Here are 5 ways you can create your own escape at home:

1. Bring the Outdoors In

Plants and prints are two simple ways to bring the outdoors in, creating a fresh feeling reminiscent of villa life. For a quick and budget-friendly option, pop a rolled print from your favourite location into an existing frame. You can find prints in common A3-A0 sizes in our statement range.

As for plants, if you don't fancy yourself a green thumb then the good news is that indoor plants are a cinch to maintain with minimal watering needed. I've potted a rubber tree at home that has absolutely taken off in full shade. There are also plenty of gorgeous planters in stores like Country Road, Adairs and Life Interiors. Look for nature textures and earthy colours to mimic resort-style living. 

2. Create a Reading Nook

Ever find that you only get time to read a book on holidays? It's amazing how quickly that daily habit can vanish once you're back home and thrown into a busy schedule. Staying isolated is a great opportunity to catch up on reading or vege out with a magazine. As a visual person I love flicking through photographic books and travel journals like Sceen'ry Magazine. It's also the perfect excuse to create a quiet reading nook with a few comfy pillows or a new side table to rest your cuppa. 

3. Introduce Scents and Rituals

It's amazing how vividly scents can ignite your memory and transport you to another place. And they're easy to incorporate into your home with candles, incense and room sprays that mimic a natural environment. My favourite new find is This is Incense who evoke memories of some of our favourite places (Byron Bay included) through meticulously sourced ingredients. 

4. Create Cozy Spaces

One of my favourite things about resort stays is how comfortable and plush the bed is. To recreate that feeling at home there's an abundance of bedding options online to choose from. My favourite bedroom addition is flax linen sheets which you can buy in bundles from I Love Linen, Bed Threads and Cultiver Linen. I've found them much more breathable in hot and cold temperatures whilst also feeling luxurious in their weight. If you're after something more budget friendly I recently ordered Belgian linen cushion covers from Adairs which I popped over some old inserts and transformed them into super soft cushions. 

5. Indulge in New and Favourite Foods

A huge part of holidays usually revolves around trying new foods or indulging in an old favourite (or Old Fashioned) at the bar. Ample time at home give you an opportunity to experiment in the kitchen and perhaps try a few recipes from faraway places. If you were gifted a cookbook a lifetime ago that's gathering dust, now's the perfect time to put it to good use. I pulled out A Sardinian Cookbook just last week and managed to bake a whole fish (pretending I was in the Med) without burning the house down....which basically means anyone can do it.  

Below I've put together a selection of my favourite homewares to create a comfy and calming space, reminiscent of the holidays. 

Holiday Styling at Home

Clockwise from top left: Byron throw from Adairs | Margaret River incense from This is Incense | Yuma incense holder from Nikau | Shell garland from A Boy Named Aaron | The Neck statement print from Kiah Studio | Lemon Myrtle body lotion from Leif | Linen sheet set in Bluestone from Cultiver | Mortar and Pestle from Everten | Eat, Drink, Nap book from Hope & May | Serving tray and utensils from Country Road | Tailored gin from Archie Rose | Faux cane palm and stone planter from Life Interiors 

As we all make changes to our plans in response to travel restrictions we'd like to reassure you that our production process has not been effected. We'd also like to make it easier to bring travel to you, so we're offering free standard shipping for our Australian customers. This offer will be automatically applied at the checkout, so you can use your subscriber discount code too! For more information see our announcement page. 

We wish you a safe a restful time in your own sanctuary,


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A practical guide to framing and styling coastal artwork for the home. Authored by photographer, Jessica Rule, the blog also takes a look behind-the-scenes shooting new collections for Kiah Studio and the hidden gems from our favourite destinations.