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Have you ever visited a town or small city and stumbled upon this one shop brimming with the coolest, most unusual items ever. You know, the store with decadent handmade soaps wrapped in gorgeous papers, one-of-a-kind jewelry impossible to duplicate and goodies you’ve never seen before from far-away lands. (And you want to cry, because it’s all so beautiful but your suitcase is only so big!) Well, we’ve found that shop’s online doppleganger.

The Loaded Trunk

The Loaded Trunk is a collection of handmade goods hand-picked by owner Roni Jaco during her travels around the globe. Roni spends several weeks each year scouring stores in Vietnam, markets in Mexico and artisan workshops in Uzbekistan. So every visit to The Loaded Trunk’s website promises a new treasures unlike anything you’ve seen in other stores. To my delight, Roni pulled two of her latest finds — Mexican embroidered pillows from the Otomi Indians — just for us. BONUS: They are in honeysuckle, Pantone’s Color of the Year.

For a chance to win a pair of these striking pillows just leave us a comment before 12/11c Monday, April 11, to be entered for a chance to win.

This week’s question: What country epitomizes your personal design style and why? France? Japan? Kenya? The good ol’ US of A?

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126 Responses

  1. Lois Moon says:

    The Netherlands. I know a strange answer, but have a few good reasons. I love old carved wood, think 17th and 18th century armoire. Traditional Dutch homes have persian rugs on the tables – I like mine on the floor and maybe one on the wall. The Dutch also had colonies all over the world including the far east, and my style brings in a bit of the far east, too. Throw in a few modern pieces – Piet Mondrian – and you've got it.

  2. I would say Japan and Sweden. Not all that shocking, I suppose, given that they both lean towards natural materiels with clean lines and neutrals accented with pops of striking color. Minimalism hasn't always been a big thing in my life, but recently I've been unloading with abandon in favor of surrounding myself with living plants and serene places. I think my taste may be a tad more colorful that traditional designs from either country, but my furniture choices and love for unpainted would fall right in line.

  3. Ming says:

    Wow, what a question to pose Karli… what country epitomizes my design style… I really never thought of it that way and I really can't pinpoint it down to one. I like to choose my pieces one/one set at a time and I usually have an idea of what I am searching for and take my time until something speaks to me. As well, I like to try to find objects d'art that have a function, such as a bronze table lamp that has an tree with leaves as the base and a opaque glass dome held on by a 'branch overlay'. My design goes more towards the transitional, simple lines but unusual, out of the ordinary objects.

    Guess it's a melting pot so let's go with the good ole USA.

  4. Tara says:

    I can't say that one country influences my design style! I love to mix and match.

  5. D Palmieri Bozworth says:

    I would say USA, Ellis Island eclectic; as I am fairly contemporary but stray from style to style. I am of Italian decent and love Tuscan and Roman styles; but, have NO IDEA how to pull them off. The photo of the pillows in red and white are so beautiful. I just redid my living in blue and red and am looking for sofa pillows. These would be PERFECT. I need to add plant life, but generally am NOT able to keep green things living ~ hmmm. I could use a lesson or two on those.

  6. @JisforJdog says:

    I think I would say France. I love ivory walls with rich architectural details, combined with neutral classic furniture. I think the US is just too new for that much architectural detail. It kind of went away post-WW2. I definitely plan on adding a lot of molding to my first home.

  7. Ellen says:

    Those pillows are gorgeous!

    I'd have to say the USA too – my style is eclectic and thrifty!

  8. Kenya Amann says:

    I am still trying to find my stlye it seem to be a traditional, but you would think Id go with Kenya style as that is my name!

  9. Noel says:

    For me it's both Sweden and France. I love the effortless but chic and refined French style and the clean, inviting, uncomplicated Swedish style.

  10. Heidi K says:

    Puerto Rico– so vibrant and so full of life!

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