Ten Design Take-Aways from My Europe Trip

My husband and I went to Europe this past Spring, and I thought it was about time I posted about it. I honestly could post thousands of posts about that trip because of how incredibly full of life/culture/adventure/love/dream fulfillment/educational experiences that trip was.

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I got to sketch and journal in front of the Eiffel tower. Eat incredible food in six different European cities. I got to admire architecture beyond my own comprehension. I got to tour the louvre and see art from some of the greatest artists of all time and gain new understandings of art history that no, teacher, professor or text book could ever teach me. I got to walk the streets of cities, and see sites that I have only dreamed of seeing. And so much more. Needless to say it was amazing; truly amazing. And as a designer I have grown exponentially from the experience. I won’t take weeks explaining every minor detail though. Instead I have ten design take-aways from the trip that I will share with you.

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Don’t be Afraid of Color.

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Courtyards are Awesome

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Masonry is Key for Authenticity (as well as adds amazing texture and pattern, but we already knew that).

Entry Doors are always the best exterior focal point. Don’t be afraid to carry it inside. And don’t be afraid of color and detail.

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Don’t be Afraid to be a little Feminine (especially in neutral color pallets).

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Flooring can be Your Best and Most Interesting Design Tool.

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Airbnb is one of the best ways to see other peoples’ design style and get inspiration. And You don’t have to have a huge house, and spend millions of dollars to have a happy, aesthetically pleasing space. All you need is to apply key design principles into whatever you’re given.


I’d rather choose charming over contemporary any day. Even in a contemporary space. (And here’s my hubby’s cameo, he doesn’t know he’s in these, oops).

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And then here are a few other honorable mentions: church architecture, contemporary architecture in old cities, ceilings, interesting wall textures, and more.



All in all it’s difficult to condense all of the incredible experiences I had and amazing things I saw into a single post, but I hope this gave you a glimpse into all the wonderful adventures and all of the growing and learning that took place on our trip.

We hope to go back soon, and see more, learn more, and do more. But until then, I am taking what I have learned and applying it to my work to ensure every design I do for every client is as perfect as can be.


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