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Shopping the Global Market

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VaseandplatesIncorporating pieces from around the world into your décor can bring a touch of global style to your home. Whether you use souvenirs from your own global travels or buy pieces at the global market or flea market, adding global style can also add personal style to your home. Ethnic furniture, mirrors, objects, textiles, rugs and art are all things that can be bought on vacation or found near home. You can choose one country or area of the world to focus on, like Asian or African style, or mix items from around the world for a truly global décor.

Big pieces like tables and stools are probably not easy to get home from your vacation. Look for these at the global market or discount home retailers that carry a selection of imported furniture and objects.  Easier to pick up when you’re traveling are small objects like bowls and vases that can be displayed on a shelf or table.

Textiles are a wonderful way to bring a little global style into your décor. Fabrics like wall hangings, table cloths, napkins and placemats are all portable. These can be kept as is or used to make custom pillow covers for throw pillows.  Other textiles like rugs might be difficult to get on the plane. Again, look for these at retailers near you or online.  A Moroccan rug or a rug from Turkey can be a colorful way to add global style to your floors.

Shopping the global market can also save you money. Many imports can be found at fantastic prices. Great style for low cost is always a great design find.

Design Inspiration: The Caribbean

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Aqua blue seas, white crystal beaches and green jungles are the colors of a postcard from the Caribbean. The Caribbean has long been a fantasy destination for beach vacations and cruises. The crystal clear waters and balmy warm breezes inspire a relaxed vacation lifestyle, and aesthetic.  Caribbean design inspiration can be used to bring a little of the islands home to you.

Caribbean design embraces the natural beauty of the islands and island cultures. Bright sunny pastels and hues inspired by the ever changing color of the sea decorate everything from houses to floors and fashion.  Even the food and drinks of the Caribbean are filled with rich color and exotic spices.

Along with the colors inspired by the natural landscape of the Caribbean, Caribbean style has a long history of being influenced by European designs. Many island nations in the Caribbean are former colonies of England, France and The Netherlands so it makes sense that those cultures would leave their influence behind. The British Colonial style is perhaps the most well known of the styles that combine colonial and European influences.

British Colonial style takes the standard forms of European furniture and translates them into relaxed island style. The furniture tends to be bulkier and less refined than the original. Wool and silk rugs are replaced with cotton rugs as well as sisals and jutes. Color palettes tend to be natural neutrals with lots of white. Aquas and greens inspired by the sea and jungle are common accent colors, as are dusty pinks and soft oranges.