At the core of Rayman’s design aesthetic are an array of cultural influences, combined into a coherent visual statement. In this bedroom nook, Chinoiserie drapery depicts a series of Japanese scenes. A Greek bust sits atop a Chinese-style console table. And an armchair gets an update in fabric designed by Kelly Wearstler. Mastery of the mix is what makes everything work together seamlessly.
From the moment guests pass through the gated entryway and make their way up the gravel path to the main house at Peacock Pavilions, they are transported to a magical world of lifestyle blogger Maryam Montague’s making, and it all begins with the main room. Like every room at Peacock Pavilions, this expansive chamber is filled with wonders from all corners of the globe. The white walls are the perfect backdrop for Montague’s colorful collection which mixes modern furnishings with antique and modern pieces from Morocco, China and India. The arched doorway on the far left leads to the hotel’s own souk, a small but stunning shop that displays a selection of good curated by Montague to support her non-profit organization, Project Soar (http://www.projectsoarmorocco.org/).
White walls and high ceilings accented by arched entryways set the stage for a multi-layered design moment. The seating is the star in this space with two side chairs upholstered with handira - traditional Moroccan wedding blankets. Behind them a beaded Yoruba Chair showcases a colorful pattern. On the sofa, an Indian Kantha quilt covers the seat cushions accented by Indian block-print pillows. Add to that an ornately carved wooden coffee table, a beautifully decorated fireplace mantle and loads of art and accessories, and you have a perfectly designed desert oasis.
There’s a unique array of baskets, sculptures and vases in the bedroom built-in. Senegalese baskets live here, an antique Chinese document case can be spotted, and a display of wooden vases from Indian. Here they add yet another dimension of global design to this flawlessly constructed interior.
This kitty high rise by global design firm HOK was the "Fan Favorite" of the Giving Shelter Event held to benefit FixNation, a non-profit organization operating the only free, full-time spay/neuter clinic in Los Angeles for stray and feral cats. Note the cat grass and carpeted surfaces for scratching.
Elements from nature and exotic travels lend integrity and interest to any design scheme. Source these elements by traveling the world to find collectibles for your space, or scour design stores where the global theme is big.
A deep tufted sofa is dressed with fun, patterned pillows, mixing traditional and eclectic designs. Simple, contemporary artwork makes a bold statement on the wall, while a global-style area rug adds style underfoot.
The Kahlo Sapphire Rug (https://www.capelrugs.com/products/Shop/Rugs-by-Construction/Flat-Woven-Rugs/Kahlo-Sapphire) by Genevieve Gorder’s Kahlo Sapphire rug is a globally-inspired piece that shows a clear African influence. The shapes, patterns and symbols are African in nature, and reminiscent of pieces found in Mali. The deep blue shade is an homage to indigo dying. However, the overall design can also relate to a Mexican sarape. It’s a beautiful blend of global influences that is reflective of many of the most modern home decor that expresses traditional African pattern design.
The kitchen features modern design complemented by warm, rustic wood elements. A large wicker basket finds new life here as an art installation giving depth as well as texture to the space. For color, an assortment of wine bottles handmade in South Africa add an element of global culture.
One of Naomi’s strengths as a designer is her ability to mix patterns. Here, a side chair reupholstered in Bogolan or “mud cloth,” from Mali creates an unexpected moment that gives the room a global, sophisticated feel.
Fabric by Robert Allen envelopes a study designed by Cheryl Settino Mosher for the 2017 Holiday House NYC. She used Lush Scene, a pattern with bohemian and global style, in the eclectic space. The orange painted trim is “Bittersweet Vine” from Benjamin Moore's Century line.
A silver branch reaches across espresso wood on this console table that meets the homeowners' taste for all things glamorous. The lamps' clear acrylic bases continue the luxe mood without the competing with the table's bold design. Console: Global Views
Jeanine Hays and Bryan Mason are the founders of AphroChic (www.aphrochic.com), a New York-based interior design firm. With the company’s motto of modern, soulful style, it’s no surprise that their home, located in the Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn, is an ode to global culture at home. Their live-work space, part home, part design studio, is infused with a cultural aesthetic that is unmistakably AphroChic.