A Travel Themed Touch
● By Jacqueline Gonzalez
By: Jacqueline Gonzalez Photos by: Brandi Grahl
Some people are born with a feeling of wanderlust. Dr. Macy Kinzel is one of those people. She brings her world citizen personality into her home with decor from all over the globe, allowing anyone who enters her home to indulge in the feeling of international travel.
A monumental blue and black striped sailfish, encased in a black and white striped crate from Puerto Vallarta, greets visitors when they enter the home. Photographs taken by Dr. Kinzel during her trip to the Amazon line the walls. She took the photos from a close angle, and each captures a personal moment. Statues from Guatemala and Haiti grace a chest of drawers, adding to the museumesque theme of Dr. Kinzel’s home.
Kinzel’s den and dining areas display gems from England. A pew from Westminster
Abbey, dating from the 70s, sits proportionate to the fish, giving guests the
perfect place to sit and contemplate the intensely sentimental meaning behind
the home’s decor.
The dining room also houses antiques that are equally valuable and sentimental. The dining room table, from England in the 1920s, once belonged to her grandmother. To complete the dining room set, Dr. Kinzel adds another family heirloom - chairs from the 1970s. A Norman Young painting from Belize hangs on the wall, adding a decorative touch. Since Norman Young is also responsible for the creation of the Brazilian dollar, the artwork prompts the perfect story to tell over dinner.
The kitchen in Dr. Kinzel’s home displays a more traditional setting with gray cabinetry and granite countertops. To add pizzazz, Dr. Kinzel replaced the regular windows in the kitchen with gorgeous stained glass, which allows beams of color into the living room when sunlight hits the window. Sitting on the kitchen bar is a treasured gift from her daughter - a colorful Moroccan bowl used to hold fruit.
Many of the furniture pieces in Dr. Kinzel’s living room are savvy purchases made at garage sales. Together with interior decorator Kelly Gale Amen, Dr. Kinzel turned these purchases into unique, travel-themed pieces. One of the famous pieces created by Kelly is the “poof,” a small, multi-purpose ottoman covered in a combination of fabrics. The poof can be used as an ottoman, a floor pillow, or a pet bed.
living room shelves hold a myriad of decorative objects collected from Africa,
Nicaragua, and Israel. The bonds made with people she met and the memories she
brought back home will always offer a distinctive touch to her home. Track
lighting adorns the ceiling, offering the living room area a modern yet
No home is complete without artistic accents. For Dr. Kinzel, art is a wonderful addition to any home. She proudly displays renderings from famous artists like Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dali. In fact, the inlaid wood frame that caught her eye as a highly valuable piece, led her to a painting of Picasso’s “Two Ladies on a Beach.” The artwork comes with an official Pablo Picasso seal, making it a one of a kind treasure.
vintage trunks, collected from as far as Costa Rica, offer practical function
as well as beauty while enhancing the travel theme. The showstopper of the
living room is a bright, colorful rug that once belonged to her aunt. Not only
does the rug have sentimental value, it also has historical significance. Her
aunt was one of the original suffragettes, and the rug was used during that
Dr. Kinzel’s unique style continues into each bedroom with an array of room-accenting colors. The computer room has whimsical styles in shades of teal that enhance the room’s visual interest. Sitting gracefully in a corner is a vintage 1900s Singer treadle sewing machine that belonged to her mother. The bright colors lend a playful vibe, while the vintage pieces from Jerusalem and Nicaragua bring her travels to the forefront.
The master bedroom showcases more artifacts mixed with DIY techniques. A chandelier from an old San Antonio theater was transformed into a lamp. The walls are divided by two different colors with an overlay of white paint “splotched” on with a plastic grocery bag, giving the walls a unique faux texture. In an effort to maximize space, a wall in her room was knocked down and replaced with a sliding door, leading straight to the pool. The dock bottom pool, a personal addition, adds a serene vibe to the home with water sprockets that create a cascade of water over the pool. Sitting alongside the pool is a small shed, which was once used as an art studio. Dr. Kinzel turned the shed into a pool house and added a kitchenette, making it a perfect guesthouse.
Whether you are bitten by wanderlust or simply love museums and cultural artifacts, Dr. Kinzel’s home proves that travel-themed decorative objects offer practical function as well as beauty.