Bring the European Holiday into Your Home


While European vacations may be off the cards for the foreseeable future, globe- trotters who are missing their favourite summer sojourn can easily bring the relaxed and chic European vibe into the home with these simple steps.

“While none of us are able to travel internationally over the coming months, there are certainly ways you can bring the European feel to your interior space, and remind you of past holidays and the wonderful trips to come,” said Justine Wilson, interior designer and property stylist at Vault Interiors.


Beautiful coffee table books, such as those that showcase travel destinations and travel photography, or even beautiful European themed cookbooks can be displayed open to a lovely page on your coffee table or displayed on a cookbook holder on your kitchen bench. It may just inspire you to whip up a European dish or take you back to treasured memories of past holidays.


One way to create a holiday ambience is to light a scented candle – it can uplift your spirits and remind you of a lovely holiday or beloved place. Try floral scents for French vibes, musky scents for a Moroccan feel or ocean scents to take you to the Greek Islands!

I like to create a beautiful dining table centrepiece with lots of mismatched candles and candleholders in a variety of heights along the table.


Many European homes feature a mix of old and new decor, and often, many large gallery walls. With many of us at home at the moment, it is a great time to refresh your own walls.

All you need to do is frame your own travel photos, posters, special mementos or tickets from various trips, or even just frame quotes from famous European musicians, poets and playwrights who inspire you. The result is a graphic display that will be a great talking point and will inspire you to collect more and add to your wall with future trips.


Europeans are known to enjoy shopping at charity shops, antique markets or inherit things that they mix with modern touches. Parisian interiors are famous for this look, as with English country houses.

Consider mixing a Persian rug with a rustic coffee table, which would work well with a modern slip-covered sofa. Another favourite of mine is the European style of combining mismatched cushions and texture. For example, you may use a tartan throw alongside a rich velvet cushion, plus a floral or patterned feature cushion.

Although it may be winter here in Australia, we can simply follow the Europeans’ technique of layering due to their extreme seasons, and bring that cosy feel into your home while still creating that vacation vibe.

Because many European apartments lack outdoor space, it’s also common to bring in plant life, so this is another way you can get the look.


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