Finding Eclectic Decor Abroad

If you’re big on travelling and you have a uniquely eclectic way of decorating, then you might want to consider collecting interesting items during your trip abroad- items that you can decorate your home with. There’s something special about walking into a home filled with the ambiance of precious memories placed in each room.

If you want a home that is on the level of famous interior designer Rene Dekker’s level, then read on! We’ve compiled several tips for you on how to choose the perfect items for your home and how to prepare for such a trip.


Know ahead of time how many items you plan to purchase during your trip, and leave room for extra space (in case you find something that you just have to have!). Knowing your logistics ahead of time will help you save money in the long run too, such as saving you money on high shipping costs or dragging it with you through the airport.

  • Extra suitcases

Remember to bring extra suitcases, preferably nesting suitcases that enable you to stack them one inside the other until you reach your destination. This allows for easier, hassle-free travel

  • Take measurements

Measure different areas on your house that you plan to decorate. This is important for making sure certain items fit and don’t clash with their surroundings. Paintings, various wall and ceiling decor, small tables, statues and more are important factors that can come into play with measurements.

  • Textiles

Bring tiny fabric swatches that match with your sofa, drapes, pillows etc. at home, this will help you to ensure your color scheme stays consistent

  • iPhone camera

Make sure that you’ve got multiple photos of each room from your house, this will give you a visual while you are shopping and trying to decide what will fit best with your living space

  • Get Inspired

Get inspired by looking at photos of interior decor or design done by professionals like Rene Dekker, Kelly Wearstler, Philippe Starck and Marcel Wanders.

Choosing the Perfect Items

There is no limit to what you can do with decor so long as you’re happy with it and it fits your space. You likely won’t find the interesting and eclectic items at tourist shops, so avoid them as much as possible. Ignore them and their siren’s call of cheaply made, unoriginal items that will only end up being thrown out by you in a year at the most. Honestly, filling your house with tourist shop items will make your home look immature and cheap.

If you’re really looking for awesome stuff, ask around or do some research ahead of time to find out where the locals tend to go. You’ll probably find some really awesome treasure at the local markets, bazaars, boutiques and stalls.

Look for the following qualities:

  • Authenticity

How genuine or authentic is the item? If it’s in a tourist shop, it likely isn’t genuine. Is it something that the locals actually use?

  • Uniqueness

Handmade items or items made out of interesting textiles or materials are always great to look out for. Again, the item should not be something you would find in a tourist shop. For example, you might see a really interesting box that could be easily converted into a custom-made mailbox! Look for things that will be great conversational pieces.

  • Local specialties

If there is a particular craft or mark of workmanship local to the area you are visiting, it would be worth bringing home to have a story to tell. For example, if they are well known for spinning a special type or yarn, or weaving a particular type of rug with rare materials in your hometown.

  • Antiques

Antiques are usually very hard to go wrong with. Visit a local bazaar or marketplace and see if there are any old items that catch the eye. Look for items with history behind them, items that a markedly different or rarely seen in modern times. Old pottery, statues, traditional clothing, and more are good examples of this.

Finding eclectic decor while you’re travelling can be a very fun and enlightening experience! Try not to be overly serious and enjoy the moment as much as you can. Life is too short to take too seriously.