The ways global style are expressed at home are as diverse and dynamic as our multi-cultural world. This past April, Elle Decor featured the beauty of this approach to decor throughout the pages of their annual international issue. And if you flip through the portfolios of some of America’s top interior designers, you will see that the global aesthetic is definitely finding its way into both modern and contemporary spaces. More and more, we see homes showcasing global wares picked up on travels or from a visit to a favorite boutique. Here are some of my favorite global tables inspired by a multitude of nations and cultures.
This tea room, designed by Amy Lau and featured in Elle Decor, brings together a Parsons table (you can find a similar one at West Elm), German-designed lanterns and a Chinese cedar Buddha. The mix of cultures feels so modern and eclectic.
This dining room is the work of interior designer Martyn Lawrence-Bullard and highlights the striking beauty of contemporary Moroccan-inspired decor. Aren’t those carved chairs gorgeous?
I am absolutely smitten with the Mexican embroidery trend in fashion right now. From dresses to tops, the traditional designs on whites, bright blues, yellows, oranges and pinks are so refreshing.
Inspired by the fashion industry’s lead, I wanted to find some home products featuring similar designs. Enter Otami textiles. These brightly colored coverlets, known as tenangos, are handcrafted by Otami Indians in Hidalgo, Mexico. With a pattern as bold as this, you could make over your bedroom in the time it takes to spread it over your bed.
Do you remember back in the 80s the popularity of basket parties? My mother would invite over a bunch of girlfriends, and they would purchase bread baskets that would line our kitchen walls. While they were well crafted, the style was pretty country kitsch. Now the basket trend has returned but in a new and sophisticated way that celebrates the beauty of global design and bold graphics.
I think the fun of decorating with baskets is exploring the amazing variety. Whether your focused is on color or graphic design, you can choose baskets from countries like Rwanda, Ghana or Zambia to start your own one-of-a-kind collection.
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I like a good margarita on Cinco de Mayo (on the rocks with salt) and some homemade guacamole. (Jump to the end of the post for recipes.) I’m also one of those geeky types always reading, always looking to learn more about anything. So in researching this post, I got to thinking about traditional Mexican crafts. Because Cinco de Mayo commemorates the Mexican army’s triumph at the Battle of Puebla, here’s at look at the #1 craft associated with the city and state of Puebla: talavera ceramics.
flickr: photoholics – Talavera in Puebla, Mexico
This article by Rita Pomade from Mexconnect offers the best overview of this 400-year-old craft. My top takeaway — the Consejo Regulador de la Talavera is the official group that monitors the authenticity of talavera. So, if you truly want to collect this pottery, only buy from certified workshops. All the images I selected for this post feature pieces by these approved artisans. Some have online stores, others you’ll have to travel to Puebla to purchase. And what better time to travel there than for Cinco de Mayo.
Orange is so gorgeous and vivacious. This sun-kissed color has the power to enliven any space. And because it’s a natural complementary color to blue, and even looks pretty mixed with bits of gold and yellow, this shade is perfect for home accessories.
Check out fashion designer Trina Turk’s bedroom. Here, orange is used to add a touch of the exotic to an otherwise modern space. By adding some fabulous orange accessories, anyone can get a global look filled with zest.
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Springtime in Atlanta, my hometown, is colorful. The red buds, dogwoods, azaleas and spring bulbs are bursting forth with color. And soon a fine dusting of yellow pollen will coat everything. But it’s nothing like the welcoming of spring in India.
UPI/photographer Maryam Rahmanian
On March 21st, Hindu devotees in India filled the streets to celebrate the annual Festival of Color, or Holi Festival. As you can tell from these pictures, the country literally explodes in color. According to the Travel Channel, “the birth of spring is marked with color, and people embrace this by dressing in vibrant clothes and throwing colored powder at each other.”
Just looking at these photos from the UPI fills me with joy. Happy spring! Let’s celebrate with lots of bright, beautiful color.
The Cameroon Juju Hat is hands down one of my favorite accessories to decorate with. My juju hat is currently tucked away in storage as I settle into my new apartment, but when it arrives, I can’t wait to place it above my mantel where it’s sure to make a bold statement.
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Originally worn by tribal chiefs and dignitaries in the Cameroonian kingdoms, juju hats feature feathers beautifully woven onto a raffia base. In an array of colors that range from deep purple, to magenta, red, creamy white and even jet black, juju hats have the ability to add both color and texture to a space.
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The Ethnic Chic section of Maison & Objet was by far my favorite, spotlighting luxurious materials, contemporary design and traditional global crafting techniques.
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As I stepped through the doors at Maison & Objet I was almost overwhelmed by the endless halls of incredible delights that spread out before me. It’s such an inspiring place for those of us who love design—new trends and beautiful ideas are around every corner.
I was particularly struck by the changes in tabletop, which is moving from casual fare to pieces that make each day amazing.
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