Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Global Influences in Design

I recently wrote an article for iDiva.com and thought of sharing it with you today. Here are some excerpts from the article and a few images from my home!

"There are many ways to incorporate global influences while designing your home. I personally don’t consider this style as traditional or ethnic. There can be modern interpretations of culturally-influenced designs. Tribal-influenced design is all about bold patterns and colors. However, you can present it in the modern environment by tempering it with a lighter color palette and subtler details."

The editor of DÉCOR magazine is quoted as saying, “great design transcends geographic borders, so now is not the time to be timid about getting away and bringing back bits from abroad. Traveling with an open mind, a keen eye, and a willing wallet is the easiest way to give your rooms a lived-in, many-layered, culture-conscious look.” I could not agree more!

You can read the entire article here!

For me each of these exquisite hand-embroidered fabrics come with a story. The bedspread in the first image, the one with the white base was bought by my mother for me.  I think it was the early 90's when I was still in college. We were travelling in Rajasthan ( India) and found this in a tiny village. The bedspread is over 20 years old but continues to be a favorite in my linen closet :)  The dark red rug is from Mexico. I found it at a night market by the beach. There are many stories I could share......but I will stop rambling now :) 

This is the time for craft revival around the world and that makes it an interesting time in the design world. Whether you incorporate just a few elements or more, bringing global influences into home décor seems to be a strong design trend for 2013.

What are your thoughts on this topic? I would love to hear from you.

Images: My Home and subject to copyright!
Joining Tuesday Treasures at My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia.
Joining Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage.
Joining the Aloha Friday Blog Hop at What Jean Likes.


Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia said...

I love decorating with things from all areas of the world. Love the fabrics.
Thanks for linking up

Reshma Sanjeev said...

Anu, You have a very good collection of hand-embroidered stuffs. Love all of them more so the one bedspread from India

Lorrie said...

Beautiful designs on those pieces. Every part of the world has its own art form and desire to add beauty to utilitarian things. Amazing, isn't it, how alike we all are?

Vel Criste said...

Your lucky to have such a rich collection of fabrics from all over. Incorporating them into your home must be fun, fun. Love it! THanks for visiting my blog Anu!

hagen vår said...

Beautiful colours, pattern and texture. Anne

Jennifer @ Town and Country Living said...

Beautiful fabrics! The colors are so rich and vibrant and would perk up any room!

Rachel said...

Hey there - new follower from the linkup. Love your blog & can't wait to read more. Hope you have a great weekend :)

Unknown said...

Thanks for following, followed back! Can't wait to read more from you!

Summer x

Unknown said...

My husband and I just left Turkey, and were able to see some to the beautiful textiles they had to offer! Stopping by from Aloha Friday and I am now your newest follower. I look forward to a long blog relationship with you and can't wait to see what you come up with next!


Unknown said...


Found you on the blog hop. I am your newest follower. I really love your blog.
Would you care to give me a quick follow back? :



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