Casual + Quirky Global Style

Have you seen this house tour on re-nest? It's the home of fashion designer, Erica Tanov and I'm loving her quirky-casual take on vintage, second-hand and global-inspired pieces. Everything in her place tells a story and I very much want to go there.

This pink bedroom is for her daughter....but I'd be quite happy to have a lazy Sunday morning in this bed.

A bookcase filled with little treasures.

Vintage-modern leather chair with Indian-esque pillow. Oh, and don't you just want to poke around in that trunk?

Makes me want to plant climbing roses on my fire escape just so I can copy this vignette.

Even the peeling part tells a story.

Moroccan tea party. Lovely.

Spanish monastery stair case. Yes, please.

Chinoiserie luminescent paper. Typically quite formal...but paired with the casual bed and vintage keepsakes, feels very casual.

See more of the tour at re-nest.

Global Decor + Seamless Integration

"The inspiration to bring global style into your home may be a treaured find from a trip overseas or something less tangible-- a picture in a magazine of the jewel colors of an Indian palace or a film that shows the desert at sunrise. Whatever your inspiration, the aim is not to create themed rooms or display artefacts in a way that shouts "look where I've been." Instead, it is a low-key approach, where global objects are integrated seamlessly with your existing space and possisions to create rooms that are interesting, beautiful and, above all, lived in."
From Global Style: Exotic Elements in Contemporary Interiors by Lesley Dilcock

Photo from Shoot Factory by way of AphroChic.

Knitting Global + Decor

If I could make a Venn diagram of those who love textiles and those who decorate with global-inspired decor, the two circles might overlap entirely.

It's no wonder.

Global-inspired living incorporates a hefty amount of adventurous layering-- be it various fiber types, colors or textures.

And if one of the main attractions of global pieces is that they are often handcrafted and completely unique to the artisan, then you'll most certainly see that reflected in knitting.

Textile appreciators everywhere should check out Nicky Epstein's Knitting on Top of the World. Even if you don't knit, this book is chock-full of the history and approach behind global knitting techniques.

Although I doubt I'll ever have the expertise to tackle the projects in this book, I still love how it features exhaustive knitting history, style and techniques from various folk knitting traditions. With over 200 pages, 40+ patterns and oozing with gorgeous color photos, this title certainly has the depth (and physical weight!) to sit alongside my coffee-table textile book collection.

Although I'm most drawn to the research behind KOTOW, I can't hide the fact that Julie Hines' work, as the stylist, is amazing. The photos are part fashion, part travel and manage to make me feel like I'm in an old Venetian mansion or Faroe cottage. I'm sure the whole shoot took place in Manhattan, further reminding me that both the stylist and photographer (Marcus Tullis) are wickedly talented artists.


Knitting on Top of the World available at Sixth&Spring Books. All photos are reprinted courtesy of Sixth&Spring Books, copyright 2008. Photography by Marcus Tullis.