Native American Inspired Design!

Trending for a while now has been the bold colors and graphics of Navajo and American Indian prints.  You can find these gorgeous graphics and patterns on phone cases, jewelry, clothing and last but not least, interior furnishings!

Check out how the bright and colorful graphics transform this modern chair into a fun and festive focal point!

We keep seeing more and more of these native graphics influencing rug and pillow designs.

This NeBe Green blanket is made from re-processed off-cuts by local artisans and is a fun modern twist on traditional, native blankets.

Native pottery is a classic way to bring in some of this rich heritage to your home.  Let’s take a look at how others use this inspiration for their own designs.

Pottery

Surfacephilia drew inspiration from native American and  other related items like feather, stones, birds and embroidery to create the “Navajo” collection of wallpapers and textiles.

Surfacephilia

This  geometric pattern was used as a backdrop for this coastal antique store’s windows.

I love how this living room’s layered native graphics are paired with classic modern furniture lines.

And speaking of classic modern lines, check out these Eames rockers adorned in classic Pendletons!!

This kitchen’s clean lines set a perfect stage for the accessories and décor to nod to Native design.

How much fun are these walls?!  F. U. N. fun!

The simple native graphic takes on a whole new feel in this painted ombre colored application!

Houzz

This gorgeous modern adobe design takes the mixing of native  architecture with modern contemporary furniture to a new level!

Houzz

This bathroom is from the same house.  The light colored materials and contemporary fixtures work beautifully next to the more traditional native rug and  accessories!

Houzz

You don’t have to have a traditional native architecture to blend modern with native.  This living room shows that the two styles can complement each other wonderfully despite the architecture!

What are some ways you can incorporate these classic graphics into your décor?

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Global Inspired Wallcoverings!

Schumacher just recently released Martyn Lawrence Bullard’s global inspired wallcovering collection.  His collection is based on tiles, panels and other graphic entities seen in the palaces and other grand and royal buildings of Morocco, Turkey and India.

This got us thinking, who else uses global inspiration for wallcovering design?

Donghia’s “Looks Like Tapa Cloth”  is a modern take on  the authentic Tapa Cloths of the Pacific Islands.

Maya Romanoff just recently released “Meditation Ohm”, a new philanthropy product that goes towards Aid to Artisans.  This wallcovering is made by Nepalese artist in the mountainous region of the Himalayas where the Lokta plant grows.  This plant’s fiber is typically used to make Buddhist prayer books.  Artist form circular patterns of the Lokta scraps with chopsticks to create this beautiful textured wallcovering.

To find out more about Aid to Artisans please visit  http://www.aidtoartisans.org/

Milan based  designer, Arjumand’s  China Collection is bold, colorful and packed full of graphics!

Arjumand’s The Oriental Louloudo Collection was inspired from Turkey to the Balkans!

A blown up  photograph taken by the father adorns this child’s bedroom walls and carries you to a different time and place!

Elle Decor

Velvet Jade’s Indian inspired wallcoverings carry a super fun twist on the typical Indian motifs!

Velvet Jade

These are not only visually yummy, but tasty as well!  Jade used chili powder to hand flock this pattern.

These two are embellished with Tukmaria  and Tapioca seeds!

Irma Boom has created wallcoverings based on nature from around the world.

Color pallets for each design were taken from the actual site.  Below is from  Waddensea, Netherlands

It’s inspiring to see the different color options as they change from region to region.  Shirakami-Sanchi, Japan on the left and  and Hawaii Volcanoes, USA shown on the right!

And last, but especially not least, is Dan Funderburgh’s Williamsburg Renaissance!  This paper was designed for the Wythe hotel located in his own backyard of the Williamsburg neighborhood in Brooklyn, NY.  Local urban sites and landmarks were the  inspiration of this wallcovering!

Brooklyn

Where would you find inspiration from to create your global inspired wallcovering??

By |July 8th, 2013|Decorating, Design Elements, Design Musings, Design Trends, Inspiration, Jennefer, New Destinations, Traveling|Comments Off on Global Inspired Wallcoverings!|

Culturally Inspired Design & Accessories

Your home can be a great way to “showcase” your heritage, your culture. The opportunities are endless. From paintings , fabrics, sculptures and other artifacts, your home can almost become a mini museum! A place where elements of your culture and ancestry can proudly be displayed throughout.

Australia:

Australia

Asia:

Asian inspired design embodies most of the traits I look for in a bedroom: minimalistic furnishings, clean lines, and an overall feeling of tranquility. Asian inspired design almost always includes natural elements, such as the use of stone and wood for your furnishings and floors.

Asia

Africa:

Animal prints, tribal textiles, and natural elements create an African inspired design. Here are some of our favorite accessories. Geometric and bold, these create a real punch!

Africa

I love these modern African inspired textiles for their unusual color combinations and organic patterns!

African Inspired Textiles

Russia:

The Russian culture itself provides many striking sources of visual inspiration. The country is filled with many enduring landmarks that provide a great visual springboard from which to implement elements of style. From whimsical ballet sets, to iconic metropolitan cities, to inspiring snow-capped landscapes, there are many ways to bring unique hints of Russian style into your home.

Russia

France:

An ornate, fanciful and decorative style is characteristic of this look. Colors range from rich, sun-drenched Mediterranean hues to softer, muted shades. Often, one color or fabric is repeated throughout the space. It's characterized by rich details and extensive use of gold, bronze and gilt. Antique furniture, layered dramatic window treatments and abundant fresh flowers fill out a French home.

France

Design inspiration can come from so many sources. Have your travels or heritage inspired your designs?

By |July 8th, 2013|Accessories, Antiques, Art, Decorating, Design Elements, Design Musings, Design Trends, Hannah, Inspiration, New Destinations, Traveling|Comments Off on Culturally Inspired Design & Accessories|