Wednesday, May 23, 2012

A Global Design Odyssey

I hope this long-ish post will make up for the fact that I wasn't able to blog earlier in the day. I  love ethnic fabrics and a kind of 'bohemian eclectic' decor style. I don't know if it is because I am partial to this style or whether more and more designers and homeowners are making use of vibrant globally-inspired prints and patterns, but I am spotting these everywhere. They have emboldened me (I am a cream/white walls and neutrals kind of person) to try and incorporate it in my own home and I find myself adding a bright ikat here or a richly embroidered pink tapestry there. What is interesting is that many of the motifs and colors are inspired by Eastern traditions. I was born in India and as a child, I was surrounded by its rich fabric and design history. Paisleys, ikats, batiks, block prints of plants and blooms and the ever-popular elephants, tie-dyes, crewel work, kantha and other types of embroidery, mirror work: you name it, we had it and in every color possible. You could spot the patterns on sari's, on cashmere stoles, scarves and shawls, rampant on bed linen and other fabrics for the home and even on bags and jewelry. To see them in a new contemporary light and setting, is to fall in love with them again.
I want to share with you some beautiful examples that have caught my eye lately.

Image credits/links/copyright: 1.) Photography by Valerie Wilcox for Covet Garden; 2.) Interior Design by Nick Olsen; Photography by John Bessler; As featured in Trad Home; 3.) Interior Design by Palmer Weiss; Photography by Matthew Millman; As featured in Trad Home; 4.) Interior design by Christina Murphy; Photography by Jonny Valiant; As featured in House Beautiful, May 2012; 5.) John Robshaw; 6.) Eileen Fisher Home for Garnet Hill; 7.) Photography by Stacey Brandford; As seen on Style at Home (CA).

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