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Distracted by Design – My 100th Post…

Yeewww…. I have made it to 100 posts!
What a year it has been – starting my dream job at Indesign, moving out…then moving back in, completing my Interior Design Cert III, kicking soccer goals, finding some beautiful new friends & continuing to love old ones, a dose of 808 heartbreak. ..oh & a new nickname…they call me – ‘Brown Sugar’.
I have defs been keepin’ it real…
One thing that has remained a constant through such tumulous times has been…. my family.
I love them & would honestly be lost with out each one of them. My crazy ‘abstract’ mother who ‘just gets’ me (I have inherited so many of her traits), my accountant father – who always tells it to me straight – no bullsh*t and ofcourse my sisters – one who just always has my back and the other who keeps me inspired by her travels.
They keep me sane. They keep me grounded. Blood.

Whilst this may seem narcissistic and somewhat selfish – In celebration of this year of my life (I shall call it my year of self-evolution)…I have picked my favourite images which truly reflect my own design style. Interiors, objects, spaces which inspire me, stimulate my senses & offer me an escape from reality.

A constant theme amongst these images seem to a global, ethnic and eclectic design style. I love rich colours, handmade textiles and unique cultural artefacts.

ethnic interior design
(Image via Luju)
ethnic interior design
(Images via Tobias)
modern ethnic design
(Images via Calico Skies)
modern ethnic design
peacock chair

(Images via Pinterest) morrocco design

(Images via Modern Marrakech)
yellow chair interior
(Image via Anthropologie)


habitusliving(Image vis Habitusliving) 

window design

(Image via Tumblr) 

My mantra:

Everything thing happens for a reason. Don’t try and control things…just go with the flow.

N x

It’s Cold… Rug Me Up.

If I had to define my personal design style it would have to be ‘modern globetrotter’ or ‘tribal eclectic’. To me traveling is all about exposing your senses to new stimuli. I love the sensory overload you experience when placed in a new environment- smells, sights, tactile, sounds, taste….you try to take it all in…but instead you turn to your camera and take a photo (well, I do anyway!)

My ideal space would have display my collection of trinkets, photos and other travel memorabilia – in a modern and tasteful way. Incorporating a wordly undertone to a living space, is my way of embracing my inherent nostalgic tendency, whilst encouraging the room to ‘travel’ beyond its geographic confinement.

Perhaps it stems from my indian background, but I recently I have continually found myself drawn to textiles with intricate patterns, symbolic motifs and bold colours.

My current obsession is tribal rugs. They possess a certain richness. A depth. A mystical element. (Ok, fine, admittedly Disney’s ‘Aladdin’ film has influenced my love for ‘magic carpets’).

Ethnic rugs seem to seamlessly fit into a myraid of different design styles. The can add visual interest in a modern loft style apartment or add a sense of warmth to a cabin style house. They  are the perfect statement piece  – injecting colour whilst subtly encouraging a narcissistic ‘look at me’ vibe.

No words to describe this one. Except one…stunning.

(Image via Design Darling)

Industrial + ethnic rug = love.

(Image via Calico Skies)

Print on print. Rug on a printed floor…it just works.

(Image via downandoutchic.blogspot.com.au)

(Image via thedecorista.com)

(Image via desiretoinspire.net)

Earthy. You can almost feel the slight chill created by the damp clay. The tribal rug looks like it was born here. Seamlessly blending into the floor.

(Image via French by Design)

Love this photo.

(Image via French by Design)

It doesn’t have to be bold & bright – Just a hint of tribal rug on dark wooden floorboards – so beautiful.

(Image via Interior Decline)

(Image via Confetti Style)

Have you fallen love with ethnic rugs like I have?!