Arabian Nights: Rue Magazine July/August '11

All my obsessing about floor cushions and boho charm made me so very happy to stumble upon this Arabian Nights editorial in the latest Rue Magazine. Beautiful, serene and slightly mysterious...




Don't you love the mix of natural tones, gold and pink? Let out a big, dreamy *sigh* with me now...





See more lovely images from the Rue Magazine spread HERE.

{Global Styling} Floor Cushions + Boho Charm

She's a maniac, maniac on the..... Floor cushions aren't simply for hookah dens and rec rooms, my friends. They're chic, stylish and one of the most budget-friendly options out there when adding a touch of nomad flair to your pad.


Lack of furniture shouldn't stop anyone from having a fab space to relax, nest and entertain. That's what makes floor pillows so fantastically perfect for those of us prone to the jetsetter lifestyle. Don't have the space or dough for that blue velvet sofa? Not a worry! Simply channel your inner Bohemian and swipe some shams for the living room carpet.



Global decor can be as capricious or perfectly reasonable as your personal style leads you. And floor cushions are a quick fix to your/my ever-changing interior design whims.  



Every time I see this photo (above) I remember lounging at a rooftop cafe in Pushkar, India. Really, it wasn't anywhere near as clean as this, and I think you could actually order hashish off the bar menu. But despite the quasi ick-factor at the cafe, nothing beats relaxing on cushy pillows to take in a summer pink sunset.


 

The pillows themselves can go from informal to luxe, depending on the fabric quality, size and shape. And- of course- they certainly cost a fraction of an armchair's price.  

Or they may not. Here's Jean Paul Gaultier's beautiful couture furniture line that stared at me from every Roche Bobois window in Buenos Aires. A bit slick for my taste, but it's certainly the antithesis of rec room decor.

 


It took some time to sell myself on the floor cushion idea. I've always preferred the pouf and ottoman look, which sits up a bit higher and can be used as additional table space. But clearly floor cushions can play the polished part, as well.



For apartment dwellers (like myself) floor space is always limited. While the pillows are not in use, artfully stash under a table or on your bed as temporary euro-sized shams.


I've come to the hard realization that while I'm traveling and living out of a suitcase, I need to choose pieces that can squish into a Space Bag. Also, when prowling through markets and shops, keep an eye out for just the floor pillow covers. Purchase pillow inserts separately which are easily found anywhere at home, making the covers a wonderfully transportable piece.



Where to buy? I love Home Goods and World Market for pillows easy on the pocketbook. For those with a bit more spending cash, I just stumbled across these beauties from Jayson Home & Garden and Tulu Textiles. Love them!!


Hope you enjoyed the floor cushion round-up! If you know of any other resources for global-inspired pillows, please post me a comment.
xoxojess

Sources: 1. HK Living via Decor8; 2. & 13. Lonny Magazine; 3. & 12. Selina Lake; 4. Stephanie Lake Design; 5. Domino Magazine; 6. via Emmas DesignBlogg; 7. Style at Home Magazine; 8. via Little Blue Deer; 9. via Roche Bobois; 10. via  The Beautiful Soup; 11. Elle Decor Magazine; 14. unknown; 15. & 16. via An Indian Summer; 17. Jayson Home & Garden; 17. Tulu Textiles via Amber Interior Design

{Global Gifts} Home Goods' India Event

I'll be heading over to the Jersey side on Sunday for Home Goods' special India event. Only select stores are participating, so if you have a HG near you, check the site before hauling yourself over bright and early. 


I'm on the prowl for some floor cushions (or are they floor pillows? not sure) and with zero access to my trusty sewing machine, I'm hoping shopping karma comes through for me.






 

I tend to be such a purist about shopping for world-inspired decor and prefer the authenticity of buying an item with a personal story. That being said, it's not like I'm stuffing a couch and side table into my luggage on any typical trip. So if you can't make it (or smuggle it through customs, in my case), then fake it! Home Goods, Z Gallerie and World Market are my favorite options for budget-friendly large pieces. I've never used Overstock and I'm definitely curious about quality/returns/customer service. So if anyone has suggestions, let me know!

In the meantime, have a lovely weekend and happy shopping!