Hello everyone! My name is Becky and I’m a contributor at Houzz, a home design site focused on helping design professionals and homeowners manage the remodeling and decorating process. Thanks so much to Gail for having me!

As you look around at a modern or contemporary room, you may have the feeling that something is missing. If so, consider bringing in pieces from far-flung corners of the world, adding texture, style, and something that will spark conversation. Whether you tote home items from your travels (lucky you!) or find a side table you love at a Balinese import shop, a bit of global style may be all your room needs to give it personality and a unique touch.


Modern Kitchen Design by San Fransisco Photographer Ken Gutmaker Architectural Photography


While the room is distinctly mid-century modern, there are no rules that say an iconic Saarinen dining set can’t mingle with a carved stool from Africa. The dark wood and silhouette add rich texture and an interesting shape to the room.


Traditional Bedroom design by San Fransisco Interior Designer Niche Interior


While we often see handwoven kilims from Turkey covering floors, throw pillows and upholstered chairs, I love the way this one is draped over the headboard. It looks as if every color and texture in the bedroom was inspired by this one small accessory.

Tropical Spaces design by Hawaii Interior Designer Philpotts Interiors


Finally, Kuba cloth from the Congo makes a stunning geometric piece of wall art in this contemporary living room. This fabric is woven from raffia leaves and dyed with other natural materials. Men from the tribe weave the basic components from the raffia leaves, then the women take over and take care of the labor-intensive intricate embroidery and dyeing. There are hundreds of patterns and each has a special meaning.
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