I recently came across this, my dream home (well in decorative style terms anyway, I couldn’t cope with the Arizona heat – I’m way too pasty) on domino.com. Before I talk about the home itself – and there’ll be plenty on that – I wanted to check that you were aware of domino. Quite simply, it’s brilliant. Its US based so I don’t pay too much attention to the shopping, but my oh my, every day oodles upon oodles of fabulously eclectic design inspiration pops into my inbox. If you follow me on Pinterest (NOT SO SUBTLE HINT: Follow me on Pinterest), you’ll spot that many of my pinning flurries are because of domino. I flippin’ love it and so will you as soon as you check it out. You’re welcome.
But first things first, check out this fabulous boho home. It belongs to Robert and Christina Martinez, owners of uber-cool blog, New Darlings. Based in Phoenix, Arizona, domino describes their decor as showing off how the Southwest does minimalism. And boy do they do it well. The home is a perfect example of how to successfully pull off contemporary global, eclectic style. It’s all down to global layering – start off with a blank canvas (think Scandi or Japanese influences), then layer up with textures, colours, textiles and treasures that you’ve hunted down from far and wide.
Take the room above for example – the crisp, white walls add the perfect backdrop, effortlessly complemented by natural materials (the wooden retro furniture, the green plants, the rustic wooden ladder and the leather sofa), coupled with some gorgeous textures and textiles (the tribal print rug, the African indigo print cushions, the woven wall hanging) with a final pop of metallic accents and some bold minimalist artwork. Despite a wide mix of pieces and influences, the final look is wonderfully put-together. Cohesive but not contrived. It’s a room that’s fantastically stylish but one in which you would happily curl up on the sofa without feeling awkward!
The styling in this modern boho home continues throughout the house – the same principles apply throughout, even in the home office – an often neglected room. And it works a treat. I was so taken with the shots I saw on domino that I immediately went over to the New Darlings blog. It is AMAZING. This couple are probably the coolest people I have ever come across. They’re both fabulously good looking, have great adventures, a seemingly perfect existence, and, well, you’ve already seen their house….! To say I am jealous would be understating it a little!
They even shop at one of my favourite US stores, the Citizenry! If you want to learn more about this super-stylish ethical store, I wrote about them last year. Man, I really, really want one of those leather butterfly chairs. They’re hand-made in Argentina you know.
The use of textures and globally inspired prints is what really grabbed my attention when I first spotted this home. I love the contrasts of the white sheepskin mixed with the African mudcloth in the picture above. Again, the balance is spot on.
The couple have just redecorated their kitchen nook in the photo above. It is also gorgeous. The light fitting, the furniture, the animal hide! Swoon! And have you seen how smartly styled the bar cart is?! Close up with slightly different styling below. I’m going to be stealing some ideas for my own vintage bar cart that I picked up the other day on eBay…..
I truly, deeply love this boho home. And I know I say that about all the homes I feature – I only show you the ones I love after all. But this is definitely a style I’ll be trying to emulate. Creating cohesion in my home is something I’ve always struggled with. I just like too many styles so find it extremely hard to narrow down and stick to just one. Apparently its called being a ‘design omnivore’ – a term I rather like. I always thought it was just me being fickle…! Anyway, the result of this affliction means I try out different things in different rooms, which isn’t always ideal (though it can be deliciously fun!). I think that this home gives me hope however, that it is possible to create cohesion without every room looking the same which has always been my fear. Bland is something that this house certainly is not!
The other thing I love about this house is that it perfectly showcases what contemporary global style looks like to me. A few years ago, if anyone mentioned ‘eclectic’ or ‘boho’ it automatically conjured up images of endless macrame, loads of clutter, and a dodgy Indian wall-hanging (not the cool woven ones you see today – though they were uber cool in the seventies). And the thought of boho-minimalism was simply not possible – the two could not be imagined together. But now all that has changed, bringing with it a totally new interiors approach that seamlessly blends a range of influences and styles. It mixes old and new, blends warmth with cool, and marries natural with synthetic. I love it!
So there you have it. Enough of my ramblings about how much I adore the New Darlings and their stylish, contemporary boho home. I hope you’ve enjoyed it too. I’m always on the look-out for houses like these to show you and I have a few more lined up. If you don’t want to miss them, then pop your email in the box below and you’ll never miss out!
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In the meantime, if you’ve enjoyed this house-tour, do check out domino.com and newdarlings.com for some more design inspiration. I apologise in advance if that means you lose all day tomorrow in a haze of interiors-based wonderment….!
Happy travels, and shopping