Imagine a souk, packed with vibrant colours and exotic scents; or a far-flung valley where hand-felted yurts give shelter from the wild winds.
No the wonder travel broadens the mind…these days, we’re all travellers, exploring the world and all it has to offer. So it’s not really a surprise that the marvellous things we find on our journeys are creeping into our interior design schemes.
Creating the Nomad look in your home is a way to capture the excitement of our wandering days, and to celebrate the wonderful hand-crafted goods and dazzling colours we find.
I absolutely adore the Quetta chair because it’s so authentic. By chance in Paris we happened upon vintage Suzani throws, which are richly embroidered by hand in Central Asian countries and celebrate joyous life events such as weddings.
I couldn’t resist them, and they have found a new lease of life by being upcycled as stunning upholstery on chairs made by British craftsmen. Each piece is unique, and would be a real talking-point in any room.
To complement the chairs – or to add gorgeous ethnic interest to any sofa – we also created Kelim cushions in a rainbow of colours. The key to creating a successful Nomad look is to balance strong items such as these with plain, dark backgrounds that highlight their extraordinary colours and patterns.
What else have we learned from our travels? I love the weather-worn shades of buildings and wood that have been out in the sun and rain for years, and that’s why I enjoy the unusual Bleecker coffee table with its distressed paint-finish drawer-fronts and top.
Shabby but chic has been an increasingly-popular theme in recent years, but this is the sweetest example I’ve seen of the genre. Bleecker comes in chests of drawers, sideboards and bookcases, too.
Texture plays an important part in creating a successful travel-inspired look – I think that’s because we continue to dream of sand beneath our toes, sun-warmed wooden floorboards and rough woollen blankets long after our journey is over.
So gently-sanded and stained, or painted, floors provide the perfect underpinning to the Nomad look, casually overlaid with a fabulous rug such as the Persian kelim rug. These rugs are hand-woven, and once again this personal detailing means each one is a one-off – I think they’re works of art worthy of hanging on your wall, too.
We wouldn’t want to go too far down the hippy trail with this look, of course, so I’d recommend some smart modern items to give a contemporary edge to the handspun glamour. The Titus chair’s buffalo leather back and angular metal legs are a perfect counterpoint, and would work well with the aluminium pendant light from the same range – all very eclectic.
There’s plenty of room in this interior design scheme for your own personal finds, of course – the shells from that wonderful beach, the pebbles from the killer mountain path, the woven basket from that gorgeous whitewashed village.
Isn’t it wonderful when you can have a trip around your own life adventures while still sitting in your lovely living room?