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|

Destination: Brazil!

Brazil is known for it’s beautiful mountains, beaches, and lush greenery.

The mild weather makes outdoor living and no central air conditioning the norm throughout the country. Ahhh…. I could so chill here forever…

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But the country is not filled with dreamy white beach houses alone…a modern and somewhat urban aesthetic is very prevalent in current day Brazil.

The infamous Copacabana rocks a large scale black and white mosaic that makes a bold design statement along the coast of Rio.

A high contrast black and white graphic design element has become extremely popular in recent years. Do we have Copacabana to thank for this?!

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Although mod pervades as the strongest theme in Brazilian interiors, the history of elegant and ornate tradition is often incorporated in more luxurious and higher end settings.

Besides soccer, preparing for and celebrating Carnival is probably Brazil’s favorite pastime. Extravagance and bold use of color are traditionally seen in all the floats and costumes.

As in many tropical climates, bright colors are seen in many different ways throughout Brazilian homes. These two particular spaces look like they were straight out of a Carnival parade! 🙂

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And to finish up our  Inspired by Brazil post, I thought I’d share a few pics from my in-laws house in Itu, Brazil!

Pictured:  my sweet mother-in-law caring for her yard during our visit in 2010, the view from their front porch (moooooo), and a beautiful picture of the front of the house that she took this morning…

How will you be inspired by Brazil? Are you more drawn to the vivid Carnival colors or to something inspired by the lush beauty of nature?

By |July 3rd, 2013|Decorating, Design Elements, Design Trends, Furniture, New Destinations, Rebecca, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Destination: Brazil!|

Beach House Inspiration

The ultimate summer destination is the beach! The sand, the sun, the water, great food, and relaxation….ahhhhhhh….it is what we all dream about. Check out these modern beach houses that are fabulous examples of beach living….

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Check out the use of reclaimed wood in this beach house!

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I could spend many an afternoon next to that pool!

House of Turquoise

What an amazing view! I love the floor to ceiling windows and  the use of all the wood!

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I can almost feel the ocean breeze blowing through these spaces!

Interested in more of a vintage inspired look?

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Retractable walls are the perfect addition to any beach house!

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Not on the beach but would like to add a few items to remind you of that feeling? Here are a few accent pieces you can check out…..

Corail Console Table

Arteriors Diallo Chandelier #2

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If you don't make it to the beach this year try bringing a little beach to your home!

By |May 29th, 2013|Accessories, Decorating, Design Elements, Design Trends|Comments Off on Beach House Inspiration|