Decorating a travel themed kitchen


I am so excited to say that we’re finally in our new home. After nine long months of very hard work, we’ve renovated our house and moved in.

You can see my last posts to see what kind of a state it was really in:

We’ve bought a house!

The house renovation project 8 months on

I was waiting until the house was absolutely perfect and 100% finished before starting to write posts about it. Things aren’t quite finished and I’m still waiting to buy the finishing touches and give it a homey, travel theme. If I’ve learned one thing recently, it’s that a home is never ‘perfect’ when you have a baby and a very busy life. It our version of perfect thought. It’s perfect for us and I love it, despite the fact that we have wires hanging out in random places, we already have grubby hand prints on the walls, paw prints on the doors and a lot of our junk still hasn’t found a home.

We’ve painted the entire house white and now it’s like a gorgeous, blank canvas for us to start playing with.

I’m a firm believer that the kitchen is the heart of any home so let’s start there…

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And now….Blue kitchen with slate tiles

A travel themed kitchen

Blue kitchen cupboards

I wanted a relaxed, bright and fun kitchen so opted for this gorgeous blue colour. The kitchen and all appliances came from Howdens. We blew our budget on a slate floor but I’m so glad we did. It looks great and we don’t need to worry about scuffs and scratches.

Clock wall displaying different time zones

These clocks are my favourite bit of décor in the kitchen. The clocks are from George Home at Asda and I created the text stickers using Tenstickers. They have a really easy service where you select the text, the size and the font and they arrived in five days.

We chose cities that meant something to us rather than just random cities. I like that it’s personal – but I do wish I’d realised that Hong Kong and New York are exactly 12 hours apart! Fail.

Travel themed kitchen ideas

Every kitchen needs a chalkboard. I intended it to be used for ‘inspirational messages’ and reminders but, more often than not, it ends up with childish doodles on it – the type 12 year old boys doodle.

So here are the travel themed kitchen products on my wish list!

Always roaming with a hungry heart

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Watercolour tea towel for New York  Screen Shot 2015-11-11 at 14.01.36

TFl Tube Map Mug

There’ll be more from my travel themed home coming over the next few weeks!

Monica is the founder and editor of The Travel Hack. She began the blog in 2009 when she left the UK to travel around Asia and Australia for two years. She's now a full time blogger and has travelled around the world in search of the best holidays. Monica lives in Wales with her growing family and now also blogs about travelling with young children!


  • November 11, 2015

    I love your kitchen! The clock idea is so clever – I might just have to steal that from you 🙂 All that matters is that the kitchen is perfect for you. Great job!

  • November 11, 2015

    This looks amazing – what a labour of love but congratulations on finishing! Love the clocks too.

  • Jen
    November 12, 2015

    It’s so pretty! Love it love it! Cannot believe just how crappy it was compared to what it was now. Similar to my flat I lived in above the shop last year, we spent weeks pealing layers and layers of wallpaper off. Was quite fun though as it was my grandma’s flat years before so she kept visiting and saying ooo that was my wallpaper in 1955, that was my wallpaper in the 60s. cute!

    You have inspired me to get something bought and get renovating! Can’t wait xx

  • November 12, 2015

    Wow your kitchen looks amazing! Love the clocks and the stairway xx

  • Claudia
    November 12, 2015

    Wow, this looks like a lot of work but I have to say- it turned out amazing!
    I am sure you must be really proud of yourself! 🙂

    Also where did you get the city names from under the clocks? It all looks super lovely 🙂 x


  • November 13, 2015

    Wow! I love it already! – Yaya

  • November 13, 2015

    Looks lovely – but do not bother getting the world cork board – so disappointed with it. Can not wait to see what else you are doing to your home !

  • Jill
    November 14, 2015

    So beautiful! You can tell lots of love and excitement went into this room. Can’t wait to see the rest. And don’t worry about the matching times for New York and Hong Kong, at certain parts of the year they’ll be different with daylight savings and whatnot. Definitely gave me inspiration for my own flat.

  • November 15, 2015

    What I love the most is the personality. It’s awesome to have an entire room in one theme and feel so cozy!

  • December 4, 2015

    Why don’t you try suitcases as shelves? Isn’t that really amazing! It is surely a whimsical and absolutely perfect look. Another thing which can add craziness to your kitchen is the vintage style countertops. Try those with half-map top or the half-chalkboard.

  • Nicky
    January 6, 2016

    Beautiful – love the subtly & the colours!


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