Decorating & Design

July 31, 2011

Global Style At West Elm

For years now I’ve been wailing and complaining that no affordable retailers have been offering sensibly priced ‘global’ decorating staples. You know, those block print cushions, suzanis and ikats we all love? The ones that can cost an arm and a leg?

Well, West Elm must have heard my griping because this season they’ve got a ton of global decorating items to choose from. Even just one will liven up your space with earthy, saturated pattern and style.

Here are my faves:

The new Tribal Jute Rug feels like it was just carried back from some far-off land and has a pleasing mix of warm colours and classic black. The jute material keeps it organic and textural.

West Elm always has great, large-scale baskets including the Ikat woven collection with black and white stripes. Perfect for firewood or laundry.

The Kantha quilted throw collection has tons of amazing colour and texture and would wake up a basic sofa instantly!

The hand-blocked Jaipur collection of bedding comes in this tomato-red colour or a soft grey. It’s priced really really well for such beautiful handmade work.

The Organic Carved Circles Duvet Cover in this luscious mustard colour can feel both global and modern at the same time. I love it paired with these taupey walls and traditional details.

The Kantha collection of hand-quilted cushions are made from repurposed saris. How lovely are these?! Each one has a unique history and will add a soulful layer in your home.

Actually, West Elm has lots of block printed cushion covers in many shades. There’s everything from blue to green and yellow to neutral! Take your pick and save tons of cash!

These Hammam Soap Dishes would add Turkish bath style to any boring bathroom for only $6!!!

And the Bubbles Ceramic Stool would make a perfect perch in the bathroom or a side table in a living room. Organic and exotic, this stool is right on trend and so affordable.

The Naturalist bowl collection is great for setting the table or even better for a vignette on a coffee or side table. Viewing these gorgeous global patterns from above shows off their best side.

Or for a cleaner, easier to swallow hit of the global trend, these Modernist bowls and mugs will add some cheery colour to your kitchen.

Thank goodness we can all get in on the lush global look without breaking the bank at the boutique — or travel agency!

To see global style at its best, tour through designer Karen Cole’s home.

Photo credits:
1-11. West Elm