It may be harder to find time to travel as a parent, but that doesn't mean you can't bring the world to you. Inspired by various countries around the world, these ten home additions are both beautiful and functional. Whether it's a colorful Italian glass vase to one-of-a-kind Brazilian coasters, our picks will satisfy any wanderlust traveler.
Bring a splash of color and light to your home with this Italian-inspired Murano Glass Vase. With or without flowers, the 4.5"-tall vase will brighten up any space with its vibrant colors (yes, even in higher spaces, where it's out of the reach of curious kids). What we really love about Murano vases is the blend of old and new—they use centuries-old techniques to make beautiful, contemporary works of art.
Perhaps the best marriage of function and design is Danish brand Phillip Grass' mahogany seat. The solid wood seat, coated with ultra matte, long-lasting clear coating, is the perfect companion in any kid's room (who am I kidding, I want this for myself). There's a subtle touch of humor in this human-like chair—and you can get them in four different colors.
It seems like once you become a parent, you just can't have nice things. But this coffee table crafted by artisans of India proves you can! The round hammered steel table has an antiqued nickel finish with functional storage space when you lift up the lid. (Seriously, what a steel!)
Named Suzuran (Japanese for Lily of the Valley) for its unique shape, the Haru blue ceramic rice bowl will make every meal that much more enjoyable. We're obsessed with the color, the striated texture and its depth. You can use it for rice, soup, ice cream, cereal, salads—really, anything. AND it's dishwasher and microwave safe.
We have a soft spot for this green ceramic turtle teapot with a rattan handle, which shows a mother turtle swimming across the Pacific Ocean with her baby on her back. Enjoy a cup of tea and a breath of air during your busy day with Balinese artist Putu Oka Mahendra's design. Oka Mahendra's pieces are inspired by Bali's flora and fauna, and more inherently, by his mom Made Tantri, who pioneered ceramic artistry in 1980 and passed in 1990.
The Natura bookcase is inspired by campaign furniture designed originally for the British Army and was intended to bring a sense of civility during life on the battlefield. We love the simple elegance of the bamboo-style columns and rich mahogany stain. At 70 inches tall, the bookcase has four fixed shelves and a lower drawer that can hold and beautifully display all of your and your kids' books.
Make homework (and your work) fun with this brightly colored French Heritage Dax Desk. Made of cherry and mahogany wood, the three-drawered desk is like a kaleidoscope of colors that turn work into play. And look at those legs!
Hundreds of capiz-shell petals form this bright lotus flower pendant. The aquatic plant, native to southern Asia, has become a recognizable symbol of purity, beauty, grace, fertility and serenity. The petals in the plug-in pendant, about 15 inches in diameter, are trimmed with polished nickel and brings a whole lot of zen to any living space.
For a Turkish-inspired, handmade look, try this blue area rug. Walk on its soft scrollwork and rejoice because it's also naturally stain-resistant. Its muted and subtle color will complement any furniture style while instantly adding a vintage charm.
These Brazilian agate geode slices are the most unique set of coasters. This agate heralds from Brazil and is usually mined from decomposed volcanic ash and basalt from about 275 million years ago. Every coaster is one-of-a-kind in shape and color blends, making them incredibly mesmerizing to look at and—of course—place your drink.