As I was working on my goal book for 2017 I created a list of ten things I wanted to either do or accomplish next year. Among the top 3 was to travel twice at least one time being out of the Country. Considering that I'm 24 and I don't even own a passport I would say I have some work to do. I also realized another sad reality, being out of all the black people I know I can probably count on one hand the ones who have traveled outside of America for leisure purposes. Kimberly originally wrote the piece below and as I was reading I realized my only experiences and memories happened right here in America. Honestly it opened my eyes to the truth about my own space. My entire apartment lacks personal touches aside from being overrun by things I use in school. I will definitely be making some changes when it comes to my apartment in the New Year thanks to Kimberly!
Take a look at what she has to say about reflecting yourself in your home. I also included some amazing IG pics from some of my favorite African American travel pages.
Interior design is not only my career choice, but my life's passion. As a rule, I believe that your home should reflect your individual taste and evolve around the things you love. Of course there are rules for design, and formulas that help pull a room together, but the underline feel and style should come from your soul.
If you are looking for a place to start when designing your home, consider your life and lifestyle. It has evolved over time reflecting your personal journey. You have lived in different places, read different books and learned from different cultures. Your range of experiences are wide and unique to you. For me, I have kept a scrapbook and personal journal for years. I have enjoyed traveling and developing into the woman I am today. As an avid amateur photographer, I have chronicled my life on film. So, naturally, my home is filled with photographs.
Recently, I encouraged a client that was planning a trip abroad to bring back mementos and photos to add to the decor of his home. We had already established a design plan, painted the walls, purchased the furniture and placed the accessories. I wanted him to thoughtfully add things that would compliment the design scheme as well as personal interest. Are you thinking of designing your space? Will it be inspired by a place you traveled to, things you love, or will it be based on an ambiance that relaxes or motivates you? Allow your home to be an extension of you and write us to let us know how liberating and more livable your space feels.
All photos courtesy of @BlackGirlsTravelToo and @TravelNoire on Instagram!