From Margaret Everton on May 3, 2010 in San Francisco
While chain stores might be practical one-stop shops for decorating your home, bringing personality into a space requires more creativity… and culture. Case in point: this Northern California vacation home with bits and pieces from unforgettable trips abroad. And Amanda Jones and her family have a story for every single one.
Originally from New Zealand, Jones job requires nearly four months a year of travel to exotic countries all over the world. When she returns from each jaunt around the globe (usually her family tags along), she comes bearing decorative touches for her already eclectic home.
Each country she visits has a unique culture and subsequently, a different decorative style. Thus, her home has a mixture of everything from tribal jewelry to Mexican tiles and hand-woven baskets. Jones pays special attention to cultural crafts that are dying off and has even created an organization that invests in the role women play in keeping these art forms alive.
Mostly, however, her purchases are driven by her own emotional reaction to a particular piece while she’s traveling. She strives to display things that mean something to her and her family, and of course inspire them to share the plethora of stories they have collected along the way.