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This week it’s all about cosmopolitans — and I’m not talking about the Sex and the City drink. Global style is giving show homes and private residences all the flair of an international bazaar.

design-happens-saudi-chair450x450Bokja Design chair courtesy of Homedosh

Moorish and Arabic influences have popped up in fabric and accessories and the myriad of choices make it easy to rock the design Kasbah.

design-happens-hookah313x400From Habitually Chic

design-happens-bokja450x300From Cocomale

design-happens-arabic-bed500x400From Architect Home

I adore the little bits of whimsy in these British-inspired designs. Take this London Bridge wallpaper from UK’s answer to Home Depot or Lowe’s, B&Q, and the Waterloo chair from The French Bedroom Company.

design-happens-brit-wallpaper400x600From Home Shopping Spy

design-happens-brit-chair400x400From Cocomale

Next up, the French countryside continues to show its influence on casual decor:

design-happens-summer-bed400x572From Frolic

design-happens-RMS_billyc-french-inspired-daybed_s4x3_lgDesign by Rate My Space user billyc

One of the biggest design trends is paired-down Scandinavian design. Let’s cleanse our palates (and palettes) with these simple, off-white rooms. 

design-happens-swedish-bedroom400x600From emma’s designblogg

design-happens-swedish-entry375x500From Hooked On Houses

2 Responses

  1. boomer says:

    The fabric in the first 3 photos is so colorful and fun. Can anyone explain how the blue wall is done in the "french countryside" photo. I absolutely love the wall!

  2. Carolyn says:

    Bokja chair is nice and I love it, only negative is that the fabric on the arms should have been balanced with the same fabric. Otherwise very nice and I would buy it if the fabric was balanced.

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